Words by our Priest-in-Charge:
Is There Anything That God Could Not Do?
And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36
This is not a trick question.
My wife and I had the opportunity to attend an Ellel Prayer Ministers Conference for the UK just before we returned home. We witnessed a gathering of some 290 prayer ministers in that one sitting. There were more, those who were not able to be physically present at the Conference. The great encouragement we received was the faithfulness of all these prayer ministers. The great astonishment we receive, however, was to know that all of these prayer ministers are just ordinary people just like anyone of us. Many of them have stories to tell how the Lord had rescued them from deep darkness, despair and defeat in life. Yet, all of them are greatly used by God to touch and bless others with the freedom and healing that could only come through Jesus. Each one of these precious children of God has, on the average, prayed for and ministered to a couple of hundred people. That adds up to approximately 60,000 people!
How God has used ordinary people to achieve extraordinary feats has been the story of God’s people throughout history. God continues to use ordinary Christians, sometimes having come through some deep brokenness, for His purpose and plan. There is nothing that God could not do. But there is something that He will not do, that is to usurp our freewill and abdicate our responsibility. Even Jesus had a choice to choose whether to go to the Cross, but He chose to do the Father’s will instead of His own. Even the Son of God needed to make that choice by Himself and on His own. No one could do that for Him. He laid down His own life on His own accord (John 10:18).
God could use every one of us for His glory and purpose. No matter how we perceive ourselves, our life and our past, He could work through us and in us powerfully. But we need to choose to lay down our lives before Him. He will not forcefully take away from us what we are not willing to give. That is the act of the devil. It is when we hold on to things which we should not be holding on to, that the enemy gains the right to come into our lives – to kill, steal and destroy.
Is there anything that God could not do? He could not exercise our will on our behalf. When we submit our will to His will, then we will see the unleashing of God’s mighty power in our lives!