When you try to be good you quickly learn not only how difficult it is, but how absolutely impossible it is. This is because all people are fallen, sinful creatures. You cannot earn or deserve the favor of God. So God did something about it. He changed the rules in the middle of the story to let us off the hook. If you want God in your life, you don't get there by being good. You get there by putting your faith in him.

Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God's way. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” (Romans 4:1-3)

Why does God require faith instead of just giving everyone a list of dos and don'ts to live by? Deeds don't require a heart-felt connection. Faith is relationship based. When you live by faith, God becomes the center of your life. You get to know him, you learn to love him, you become like him. That's God's plan for you. He doesn't just want you to perform some good works every now and then; he wants you to be in a deeply intimate, personal relationship with him.

You may think that it's impossible that God could ever do anything in your life. You may think, “I've done too many wrong things, I have committed too many sins, I've made too many mistakes, I've hurt too many people — there's no chance for me. It's impossible for God to use me now.” But for our God nothing is impossible. There's no amount of sin in your life that can prevent Jesus Christ from coming into your heart and forgiving you of your sins. Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).

You might be facing a seemingly impossible situation at home. Your marriage is on the rocks and your family is falling apart. Anger, mistrust and betrayal have taken over where love and unity once resided. And now you say, “This relationship is forever broken. It can never be fixed. It can never be made right.” But with God, nothing is impossible. If you want to unlock the promises of God in your life, if you want to unleash the power of God in your life, then dare to expect the impossible. The God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead can pour out his blessings in your life and turn any situation around for his glory.

You might be in a financial mess. You see no way out. In fact, you’ve got debts that no honest man could pay. Dare to expect the impossible. God can come into your situation and reveal resources you never knew you had available to you. He can show how to cut expenses you never knew you could cut. He can turn around any financial crisis.

Just like it was with Abraham, the prerequisite for receiving the promises of God is stepping out in faith — the kind of faith that expects the impossible to take place. So dare to believe in the impossible.


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