Mark 9:23 – “‘If You can’?” Yeshua said to him. “All things are possible for one who believes!”
This verse is powerful when believed, understood, and applied but useless when rejected, doubted, or ignored. The statement in this text is that the person who believes [something], has an open door to the realm of the impossible making it possible in this life.
It should demand a more thorough examination. I say that because faith is based on evidence, not speculation. A casual cursory glance at any verse is insufficient to result in any lasting conclusion as to the truth contained and applicability of that passage. In 2 Timothy 2:15, we read, “Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth.” TLV
I believe we need to examine this passage in the following manner at a minimum:
- The Person of the Passage.
- The Reason this is Possible.
- The Provision of this Passage.
- The Implication of this Provision.
So, I ask that you join me in a brief examination.
First, let us consider the Person of the Passage – “the one who believes.” I suggest that for this to become personalized, you must believe. The question is, believe what? Is it believe anything? No! This is a specific exercise of faith that must follow an experience of faith or the New Birth!
Back to the question, “Believes what?” Believes this declaration that what this person asks for they will receive. But that must be based on and in harmony with the Word of God and the Will of God. So, the person of the passage is the one who believes God’s Word and believes that this is possible for them.
Next, let us consider the reason this is Possible. Shall we rehearse a few realities for the Child of God? The believer, the born-again child of God is a family member and according to Romans 8:17 – we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus. We have access to the Father and the storehouse of God in our prayers.
Additionally, the believer, the born-again child of God is dependent upon God’s ability and power. They do not trust the arm of flesh or the ability of man but the power of God. Taking it one step further, we realize from the Bible, history, and personal experience God’s demonstrated desire to care for us and give us the Kingdom of God. We can look at the history of Israel biblically and historically and see that reality. We can look at the early church and find that reality unmistakable.
John 10:10 – – We are promised Abundant Life.
Luke 12:32 – – We have the declaration of Jesus that the Father’s good pleasure is to give us the Kingdom.
Romans 12:3 – – We find the declaration that God has given to each person the measure of faith.
Thirdly, Let us Examine the Provision of the Passage – “all things are possible.” In Mark 19:26 the Bible declares that with God, all things are possible and repeats that in Mark 10:27. It is not fantasy or wishful thinking, it is God’s declared reality.
But what is possible? The qualifier is, “All Things!” My go-to passage in time of need is 1 John 5:14-15 – “Now this is the confidence we have before Him—that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have the requests we have asked from Him.”
We have a condition revealed in James 4:2 that if we ask and do not receive, we just may have asked amiss. That is a great place to examine our hearts and motives for our requests. I suggest that you consider and meditate on these passages – [John 15:7; John 14:13-14; John 15:16; Hebrews 4:16; Mark 11:22-24; Romans 8:17]. I believe they will be challenging and enlightening. We answer the question, “What is Possible?” ALL THINGS!
Then, We Must Consider, the Implication for Us Personally. We are, according to the Bible, ‘more than conquerors through Jesus.’ If we make John 15:7 – “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” the pattern and reality of our lives – Amiss Asking Will Be non-existent. In that condition then the signs of Mark 16 will be ours. We will pull down strongholds as the Bible declares and although we may lose some battles, we will not lose the war.
We need to come to the place in our walk with God that, Impossible is no longer in our vocabulary because Impossible is not Possible with God! God Can! I suggest that a specific need requires a specific request and specific faith. I believe it would be helpful to visualize the answer, verbalize the request, and verify our authorization through the Word of God. What does God say about it? Why do we desire it?
God bless you as you embark on a new journey of Making the Impossible Possible in Jesus!