Dr Doug Mamvura
Nothing is too hard for the Lord. Nothing is impossible with Him. We think things are impossible, but with God nothing is impossible.
If you can believe that, the impossible can happen in your life. That’s what Jesus said to the man who brought his son for healing. The son had some kind of spells. At times he would fall into water or fire. His father had his mind on what Jesus could do. He said, “If thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us” (Mark 9:22).
That’s where a lot of believers miss it. They’ve got their mind on “What can you do to help me?”
But that’s not the main problem at all. The main problem is, “What can you believe?” Jesus answered the man, “If thou canst believe, All things are possible to Him that believeth” (Mark 9: 23).
All things are possible! How many things? All. The Bible doesn’t say some things are possible while others are not. Say that out loud: “All things are possible”. Say it again: “All things are possible.” Say it again: “All things are possible”. It is very important that as we study the Word of God, we need to meditate on what it is saying. We should never read the Bible as if we are reading a newspaper or magazine.
To whom are they possible? To the person who believes. Too frequently we look at situations and say, “That’s impossible.” We look at conditions and say, “That’s impossible.” But, praise God, there is no such thing as an impossibility. I don’t care what it is. I don’t care how hopeless and helpless it looks. Somebody said, “We need to become possibility thinkers.” Too much of the time we’re impossibility thinkers.
We’re trained to think that way. The main reason is that we live our lives based on what we see, feel, touch, hear or smell. This is what is called carnal. It means being led by our five senses instead of the Spirit of God. No believer can ever live a victorious life if they are carnal.
If you don’t get your mind renewed with the Word of God, if you let your flesh dominate you, you’ll keep on thinking that way until it is impossible. You’ll say, “That’s impossible.” We need to retrain our thinking. All things are possible. All things are possible to him that believeth. This worked in Old Testament days, too. We can learn a great deal studying how God helped men and women in the Old Testament.
A fellow who was stricken with leprosy in the Old Testament wasn’t any different from one stricken with leprosy in the New Testament.
And if a man stole something in Old Testament times, his sin was no different from that of the man who stole under the New Testament. God is the same today yesterday and forever.
The Bible says He never changes. Let’s examine the case of King Hezekiah, an Old Testament figure who believed that all things are possible with God. Isaiah 38:1-3 “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amos came unto him, and said unto him, Thus, saith the Lord, Set, thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight”.
And Hezekiah wept sore. Did you notice Hezekiah didn’t say he had been perfect? Reading about him, we readily see he wasn’t perfect. But he said he had served God by walking “in truth and with a perfect heart.” And that’s of utmost importance. His heart was right toward God.
The Lord puts our mistakes under the blood when we ask Him to. Not only that, He said He hides our sins in the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19). And like Corrie ten Boom said, we oughtn’t to go fishing for them! Some of us are so sin conscious that we then fail to focus on the fact that God has forgiven our sins, past, present and future. If we read the book of Hebrews, we are told that “He obtained our redemption forever.
But, being human, we sometimes go back and start fishing. It is important to recognise that God has already forgiven our sins. However, that doesn’t mean that we should then continue to live sinful lives.
The grace of God has appeared to all men teaching us to say no to ungodliness. Apostle Paul tells us that we should reckon ourselves dead to sin. Sin no longer has any dominion over us. It all comes back to our thinking and this is why we need to have our minds renewed. You will never be tempted by something that you don’t think about.
While I was praying on one occasion, the Lord reminded me of what He said the time Samuel went down to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons king in Saul’s stead. Samuel didn’t know which young man it was to be. Naturally they brought the oldest son, Eliab, out first. When Samuel saw him, he said—evidently to himself and maybe to the Lord— “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him” (1 Samuel 16:6).
Eliab was of a beautiful countenance; he was of a fine stature. He must have looked like a king. Surely it must be he, Samuel thought.
It is strange how God selects some of the most unlikely prospects and makes kings out of them when they don’t even look like kings.
The Lord said to Samuel, “He’s not the one.” He said, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord doesn’t see as man sees for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). We’re not the Lord. All we can see of a person is the outward appearance unless God gives us discerning of spirits to look into a human spirit.
We read where Hezekiah was reminding the Lord that his heart was perfect toward the Lord; he didn’t say he always was perfect. But Hezekiah wanted to do the right thing, whether he did it or not. That’s what the Lord is looking for. Then the Bible says that Hezekiah “wept sore.” That means with great weeping (Isaiah 38:4,5) Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and tell Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of you David your father, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears, surely I will add to your days fifteen years”.
Notice He didn’t just say, “I heard your prayer.” He also said, “I’ve seen your tears.” To summarize, it says in the first verse that Hezekiah was “sick unto death.” That means he was dying. Isaiah the prophet came and gave him a message from the Lord, saying, “Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live” (Isaiah 38:1)
Not only was King Hezekiah incurably ill, but God Himself had pronounced a death sentence on him!
Hezekiah did not die. Furthermore, he did not set his house in order. What did he do? “Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and prayed to the Lord” (v. 2).
There’s great significance to what Hezekiah did by “turning his face to the wall”. What does it mean? It means he turned away from man. The reason many people haven’t gotten results yet is because they’re looking to man for results.
Perhaps they’re looking for some prophet to deliver them. It is not about the man of God but the God of man. He is the one from whom all your solutions come from.
Hezekiah not only turned away from man; he even turned his face from Isaiah, who was the greatest of the prophets! He turned his face away from his own sensations.
He turned his face away from his own symptoms. He turned his face away from his own sufferings. He turned his face away from sympathizing relatives. He turned his face away from medical skill.
He turned his face to the wall. And with his face to the wall, Hezekiah could only see one thing, God. We should put our trust in Him not man.
- Dr Doug Mamvura is a graduate of Charis Bible School. Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @dougmamvura