by Carrie Householder
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Bill Johnson, the Senior Pastor of Bethel Church, once said, “You know you have the mind of Christ when the impossible starts to sound logical.” It got me thinking about what it really means to believe for the impossible. Or better yet - what does it mean to believe for the impossible in your own life? Plenty of people I know are active practitioners of mountain-moving faith when it comes to anyone other than themselves. But if they turn that faith inward they cue a ready symphony of reasons for why they are disqualified from getting the miracle they’ve buried deep in their own heart.
Faith that is only activated on others’ behalf is not how we are built and it certainly isn’t what we were called to. God Himself said that with Him nothing is impossible. That’s a promise; we get to bank on that. Better yet - we get to build on that. So what does it look like to believe for the impossible in your own life? I certainly haven’t crossed the bridge on this one myself, but I’ve recently come to it and I can see across it to the other side. Here’s what I’m anticipating as I walk it out:
1. It doesn’t look like anything around you.
Even if your impossible dream seems like it is the same as someone else’s, I promise that the reality is not. God does not make a habit of copying Himself. He is an original and He seems to favor original solutions. Stay flexible and don’t look at others for a benchmark. He’s most definitely doing a new thing in your life.
2. Waiting will likely be involved.
Chances are, lots of patience-perfecting waiting is in store here. If you struggle with control like me, prepare yourself. The best advice I can give on this one is to embrace the season. Study what it means to wait well - with joy, with hope, with faith. Fighting the season, worrying, running - they produce the same results as drawing the “go to jail” card in Monopoly. You get to keep waiting - this time behind bars. And when you finally get out you get to start waiting for another chance to do some more waiting.
3. You’ll need some “ah-ha” moments.
When I attended school at Bethel I knew almost nothing about the power of the Holy Spirit and I was fine with that since I was pretty much a skeptic on the subject (what did that even mean anyway?). In this case I am speaking specifically to the power of the Holy Spirit to re-wire our heart and mind. You’ll need this experience to really have faith for the impossible. What a shrink couldn’t do for someone in a year, I’ve seen the Holy Spirit do in an hour. Nothing blows my mind as much as watching people get to the “ah-ha” moment that changes the course of their life, and then watching them live it out as though it was what they’d always done/thought/believed. If you’ve shied away from the power of the Holy Spirit in the past I would encourage you to re-think it.
4. The past can’t come with you.
This isn’t just talking about memories although they are included here - this is also talking about mindsets. Although change might be involved, I’m not suggesting anything needs to change on the outside. You can keep your people. You can keep your job. You can keep your church. But you’ll have to lose the bags of history on each of them that you've been dragging around with you (this is where those ah-ha moments are super helpful).
It is likely that the bridge to impossible things will be painful to cross at times but be encouraged: hope was meant to be fulfilled. We know this because hope deferred makes us heartsick (Proverbs 13:12) and God did not create us to be heartsick. But hope requires active faith. Don’t make the mistake of hoping without faith, because faith is what waters the seed. Faith is the paid receipt you hold onto before you get to see your impossible dreams take shape (Hebrews 11:1). And once you start seeing the impossible, that’s when things start to get good…at least I’m told. I’m banking on it anyway. I’ve seen so much of the improbable come to pass that I know the impossible can’t be far behind.