Mission Impossible?

I’m not gonna live by what I see,
I’m not gonna live by what I feel
Deep down I,
Know that You’re here with me
I know that, You can do anything
Through You,
I can do anything,
I can do all things,
For it’s You who give me strength,
Through You,
Blind eyes are opened,
Strongholds are broken,
I am living by faith,
Nothing is impossible!
I believe, I believe,
I believe, I believe in You

by Russell and Sam Evans (Senior Pastors of Planetshakers Church, Australia)

spying_image_1Mission ImpossibleI’m not talking about the TV show where spies and hooligans get themselves into impossible situations and it takes another team of spies to solve the problem.

mission impossible 2Or where you have a situation that if you choose to accept or avoid it it will self-destruct, leaving you in a puff of smoke.

family circleThe Mission …should you choose to accept it…is our everyday lives and the stuff we get ourselves into…the daily grind….home; school; work; the gym; the kids activities – dance, sports; doctors/dentists visits; shopping; paying the bills, making ends meet…the list goes on and the clock only has 24 hrs. on it.  Life gets overwhelming and we reach the breaking point…it’s like a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE!!

So how do you turn impossible days into achievable days?  How do you turn your impossibilities into opportunities?  How do you turn your unmanageable moments into manageable ones?   Here are four possibilities that might work for you, maybe one or maybe all.

stringbean lightbulbMake a Cornelius Discovery:  Cornelius was a Roman centurion in Acts 10.  He had a full plate as they say.  He was a Roman military leader occupying a nation that didn’t want the Romans there; trying to raise a family in that atmosphere; a Gentile, not a Christian, but a God fearing man wanting to help the poor and do the right thing and was concerned about his spiritual well-being.  While struggling with his spiritual life God sent Peter to him and Peter explained about Jesus, how he died and rose again the third day.  This gave Cornelius and his family a new life in Christ, and although it didn’t cancel out his circumstances it provided him with a powerful ally.  It gave Cornelius a spiritual basis to start every day with the Lord helping him deal with whatever came his way.  If you want help with impossible days you need to know the God who does the impossible.  Without Him we’re overwhelmed, with Him we can be overjoyed.

mary and marthaHave a Mary Moment:  When you meet Christ, as Cornelius did, you establish a spiritual foundation for unstoppable days; but you have to work on it.  Now in the case of Mary and Martha, (the sisters of Lazarus who Jesus raised from the dead (John 11)), Jesus came to visit them at their house.  And while there Martha was so busy serving Him she didn’t have time to listen to Him and He chided her for that and He said, “Martha, Marta, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part which will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:41-42.  Like Martha, people are so consumed with doing what they think they should that they miss what God wants.  Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to His Word.  The lesson to learn: pause and relax, take some deep breaths focus your thoughts at Jesus’ feet…this brings a calming effect, a refueling…impossibilities will melt away.   If there is anything more important than serving Jesus, it’s being in His presence…and we can be there in prayer and reading Gods Word.  Make a “Mary moment” in our “Martha lives”.

MosesManage Like Moses:  Now that you’ve given your life to Christ like Cornelius and have made a pattern of prayer and meditation each day like Mary, you should have a new perspective and can better see the clutter and inefficiency of your life.  So next we need to organize. What are the priorities and what do you obsess over? Moses was trying to solve everyone’s problems and resolve everyone’s disputes and he wore himself out.  Long lines were forming and people were getting frustrated with him.  Until one day his father-in-law Jethro said to Moses, “The thing that you do is not good.  Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out.  For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself.”  Exodus 18:17-18.  Moses needed to create a system to organize the work and delegate others to assist.  It’s hard to be productive in a mess.  Take a Moses-like leadership time today to organize, you’ll have less tension tomorrow.

simply JesusSimplify with Jesus:  Jesus’ whole life was simple.  He didn’t need everything or do everything.  Yes, God anointed Jesus with power from the Holy Spirit and He went about doing good.  He didn’t do everything.  As in Matthew 20:28, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  He did only what He was intended to do during His time here.   After Jesus ascended to heaven there were still people in Israel who were sick, lame, blind and lost.  But He did what he had to do in His natural life and left a team to carry-on and continue the work He started.  Jesus doesn’t expect you to do everything, just trust Him.  He specializes in handling the day-to-day issues of your life and your breaking points can be the starting points for His grace.    Psalm 68:19 (NIV) “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.”  He’s an expert at handling Impossible Missions.

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