“With God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26
In late January of 2019, my German Grandma, the bedrock of my Dad’s family, passed away. Even though she was nearly 90, nothing fully prepares you to let go of someone you love. As my husband Gabe and I were driving down for her memorial service, I began processing my grief with him in conversation. I felt the Holy Spirit move on me as I spoke, with his voice echoing to me through my own words. I declared, “It’s the end of an era. An old era has passed away and a new era has begun. It’s the era of anything’s possible!”
My Grandma was born one month into the Great Depression. She worked hard while growing up on the farm in Wisconsin, and when she was just a child, her mother passed away. Her generation survived World War II and countless other crises. In spite of all this, she was likely the most consistent, hardworking and law-abiding person I’ve ever known. She was really the embodiment of her generation. In that moment in January, I realized this era of traditional American values in faith, family and hard work, was passing away. Though it was a moment of mourning for the fading glory, it was also a moment of hope for a new beginning. God has something new planned for America. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” We’re not simply entering a new season or a new chapter, but a completely new era in history! Think about it! This era is called “Anything is Possible!”
Do we really believe this though? Let’s talk about doubt. Think with me for a minute about the millions of objections that pop into our minds when we hear this statement. It’s as if our minds themselves are protesting: “Now, wait a minute! What about… ?” Why is it so hard to believe? I wonder if our minds and our beliefs are the primary limitations we face in achieving our dreams and goals. How many times do we have a desire to accomplish something, but within minutes we have convinced ourselves it will never happen or it will never work out? We’ve already ran through our mental checklist: “I don’t have enough money, I’m too tired, no one will listen to me, I’ve got kids, my work is so demanding, I don’t have the time, who will watch the pets, people frustrate me, I’m getting too old, I need to lose a few more pounds… .” You get the idea. In a matter of minutes, we have already defeated ourselves.
Here’s a new thought. What if those are lies? What if they are really convincing lies, or even worse, partially true? Do these half-truths deserve to rob us of our future successes? Should we even give them room to breathe in our minds? What if instead we took every thought captive and brought it before Jesus? What do you think he would say? The author of Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” I know you would come face-to-face with Love and Truth himself. Only he has the power to rewrite these crippling lies into life-giving truths.
Certainly, there must be some areas in your life where you are longing for a breakthrough, miracle or promise fulfilled. Maybe it has to do with your health, finances, relationships or career? I encourage you to press into God and approach his throne boldly in faith. He loves you! There is nothing to fear! Now is the time to step out and receive! In Ephesians 3:20, Paul says that God, “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Think about that. Not only is God able to do what you ask of him, but he will do even greater things than you’ve thought to ask!
Looking around us, what seemingly impossible situations are people in your life facing (family, friends, neighbors, coworkers)? What are some issues affecting your church or community that seem insurmountable? Why not believe for them to receive as well? Ask God to give you solutions, strategies and opportunities to stand with them and break chains that seem unbreakable! Let’s surrender our doubts. It’s time to believe that “anything is possible” with our God!