Facing the Impossible

Based on a sermon by Randy Bataanon
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Let’s look at some impossible situations God’s people faced.
Exodus 14:9-10 So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea … And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.

The people of God are faced with an impossible situation. The enemy army is marching to take them. They are trapped between the enemy and the Red Sea. They are literally surrounded by big problems and they have little time to think and find the solution for their escape.

What might man suggest we do in a situation like this?
1. Surrender​ 2. Fight back ​ 3. Run and hide
God had a different plan.
Exodus 14:13-14 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

GOD’S FORMULA TO FACE THE IMPOSSIBLE:
1. DO NOT BE AFRAID – (No need to surrender)
2. STAND STILL – (No need to fight back) God said No need to fight because He will do the fighting for you.
3. SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD (No need to hide) Here salvation means being physically saved from danger.

Let’s see what happens! Exodus 14:21-30
— In this situation God used supernatural events to defeat the enemy.
— God didn’t just come up with a temporary solution. God is not the author of temporary solutions.

How can we overcome fear? Bring your problem to God through PRAYER.
How can we stand still and hold our peace? Trust in the POWER OF GOD.

Let’s see another time when God showed his power in a battle.
2Chronicles 20:1-2 After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some other beside the people of Ammon declared war on Jehoshaphat. Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea.”
Israel is facing three different armies who have combined their forces to defeat Israel.

FACING THE IMPOSSIBLE: USE THE WEAPON OF PRAYER

2Chronicles 20:6,12 Jehoshaphat prayed, “O LORD, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”

FACING THE IMPOSSIBLE: STAND STILL AND TRUST ON THE POWER OF GOD

God’s answer: 2Chronicles 20:15-17 Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. …But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’S victory. He is with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!

FACING THE IMPOSSIBLE: PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOD

2Chronicles 20:18-21 (summarized) Jehoshaphat and all the people worshipped the LORD. Then the Levites praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout. Early the next morning the army went to the battle. On the way Jehoshaphat said, “Listen to me… Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
The king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the LORD; his faithful love endures forever!”

Let’s see what happens!
2Ch 20:22-24 At the moment (I like when the Bible says at the moment) they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the three enemy armies to start fighting among themselves. (At the moment they gave praise to The Lord, God took action.) The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had finished off the army of Seir, they turned on each other. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, there were dead bodies lying on the ground for as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.
2 Chronicles 20:26 The people praised and thanked the LORD there. Named the place the Valley of Blessing. Good point – when the battle is over, remember where your victory came from.
2 Chronicles 20:27 Then they returned to Jerusalem full of joy that the LORD had given them victory over their enemies.

In this instance, God used natural means to solve the problem.
I like “ at the moment.” Sometimes the Bible is very specific. At the moment they began to sing, God answered their prayer.

Children of God have three important weapons to face and overcome the impossible
• PRAYER
• POWER OF GOD
• PRAISE AND WORSHIP

You may say, “Well these are armies and countries, but what about person problems? Would God intervene in MY life?”
Let’s look at Hannah
1 Samuel 1:1-6 Hannah’s problem
1 Samuel 1:10-11 Hannah prays and makes a vow
1 Samuel 1:19 Rose and worshipped
1 Samuel 1:27:28 Hannah fulfills her vow
1 Samuel 2 Hannah’s prayer of praise
1 Samuel 2:21 Hannah’s blessing. God doesn’t just answer her prayer, He pours out an abundant blessing beyond what she could imagine.

What is the impossible situation that you are facing today? You don’t have to panic! You don’t have to give up! You don’t have to ignore the problem and pretend that it doesn’t exist!

If you are a child of God, you have been given three important weapons to overcome impossible situations.
• PRAYER
• POWER OF GOD
• PRAISE AND WORSHIP

1. DON’T BE AFRAID – Don’t panic. Bring the problem to God in prayer.
2. STAND STILL – Don’t try to solve the problem on your own. Trust in the power of God.
3. SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD – Watch as the Lord overcomes your problem in a way you never thought possible and pours out an abundant blessing beyond what you can imagine. Praise and worship Him BEFORE you see the victory. Praise and worship Him WHEN you see the victory. Praise and worship Him even if you never see the victory within your lifetime.

How do I know if I have these weapons?
How do I know if I’m a child of God?

​1) Have you admitted you are a sinner?​Romans 3:23
​2) Have you confessed that Jesus is Lord?
3) ​Do you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead?
Romans 10:9

If you answered yes to these three questions, you are a child of God.

God gives us assurance in His word:

Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”

Luke 18:27 …”The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible”

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