Our God Can Fix Anything
A little boy took his broken toy to his daddy & asks him if he can fix it. The dad looks at the broken toy -- & studies it as he tries to decide how best to repair it's brokenness. The boy becomes impatient -- & says, "Hurry up daddy, hurry up!" The dad makes a few adjustments & continues to work on the toy -- but the boy becomes increasingly impatient. Finally the boy can wait no longer -- & reaching up takes the toy from his dad -- & says -- "I'll just play with it the way it is!"
Do you have anything in your life that you wish God would fix -- if you would only allow Him to do so? I have good news for you today: -- Our God can fix anything!
Genesis 18 -- tells us an unusual story about a time when the Lord God appeared personally to Abraham. One day about noon -- as Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent -- he suddenly noticed three men standing nearby. Abraham got up & ran to meet them -- welcoming them by bowing low to the ground. "My lord," he said -- "if it pleases you, stop here for a while. -- Rest in the shade of this tree while my servants get some water to wash your feet. -- Let me prepare some food to refresh you. -- Please stay awhile before continuing on your journey."
They agreed to stay & enjoy a meal with Abraham -- & during their conversation, one of them asked Abraham where his wife, Sarah, was -- & then He said something incredible: -- "About this time next year I will return -- & your wife Sarah will have a son." Now Sarah was just inside the tent, listening to their conversation -- & when she heard this -- she laughed at the idea. Impossible -- she thought; -- at 90 years of age, she was well beyond the years of childbearing; -- & Abraham, at almost age 100, was too old to father a child! "How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby?" -- she thought. "And when my husband is also too old?"
Let's read what God said about Sarah's laughter: -- Genesis 18:13-14 Then the Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh & say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' Is anything too hard for the Lord?
I will return to you at the appointed time next year -- & Sarah will have a son" (NIV). Here is God's loving challenge to you & me even today! God asks the same question of us today! "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
Each one of us -- at one time or another -- has to face some very difficult situations during our life! In the midst of them -- God is asking us: -- "Do you think your problem is too hard for me to fix? -- Do you believe I can work it out for you -- even though you may think it's impossible?" Are you willing to let Me fix it? Are you willing to give Me time to fix it?
Throughout the Old Testament -- we see God at work through impossible situations! We watch as God parts the waters of the
In fact, Jesus tells us -- "The things which are impossible with men -- are possible with God. -- All things are possible with God" (Luke 18:27).
The Lord God is able to meet all our needs whatever they may be! Nothing is too difficult -- too hard -- for Him! When we have faith -- when we rely on God -- when we wait upon Him -- then truly nothing is impossible! Do you believe this Word from the Lord, today? Do you accept that God can perform the impossible -- in your marriage -- in your family -- on your job -- for your future?
It is not enough for us simply to believe in God as Creator -- the Maker of all things! We also have to believe He's the God Who yearns to do the impossible in our lives! The Bible makes it so very clear: -- If we don't believe this about God -- we don't trust God at all! Nothing in your life is beyond God's ability to fix! The Lord says so very clearly: -- "I'm your God -- & I can fix it!"
Nothing exceeds God's power! -- No problem intimidates Him. No obstacle is too big for God. Anything -- yes, everything -- is possible with God! The all-knowing -- everywhere present -- all powerful Creator & sovereign God can fix anything! You do not prove the resources of God until you trust Him for the impossible! Ann Kimbell wrote a delightful little book entitled -- I Love the Word Impossible -- & she would say: -- "God specializes in things thought impossible."
Let's ponder on what this means to you & me as the children of God. Allow me to share with you this morning some solid Biblical examples -- Examples of God doing the impossible!
1. Jesus Heals A Demon Possessed Boy!
In Mark 9 -- a distraught father brought his demon possessed son to Jesus' disciples -- seeking the boy's deliverance. This boy was not simply troubled -- or rebellious. This boy was full of evil spirits -- & the spirits controlled his every action. The demon in control of him would dash him to the ground -- & make him foam at the mouth like a mad dog -- & he would grind his teeth -- & he would become rigid. This poor boy was considered absolutely hopeless. His father had to hold onto him continually -- because the demons constantly tried to cast his son into the nearest river -- or lake -- or open fire -- wanting to kill the poor lad. It had to be a full-time job just keeping the child alive! Imagine the number of scars & burn marks on that poor body. It must have broken his father's heart daily to see his son in that condition -- with no one able to help!
Scripture tells us the disciples prayed over the boy -- perhaps for a long time -- but nothing happened. It must have seemed like an impossible situation!
But then Jesus came on the scene! When Jesus asked what was going on -- the father explained: -- "I brought my son to your disciples -- but they couldn't heal him. -- He is a hopeless case!" Jesus simply responded: -- "All things are possible for him who believes; -- I can fix it for you!" Then with just a simple word -- Jesus made the impossible a reality; -- He rebuked the demon & said: -- "I command you to come out of this child." At that point, the boy fell to the ground as if dead -- but Jesus took him by the hand & helped him to his feet & the boy stood & the boy was perfectly all right!
Can you imagine the joy at this moment? The boy must have run to his father & embraced him! The father's heart must have leaped with joy & excitement! God had fixed it all!
Now -- why did the Holy Spirit move Mark to include this story in his Gospel? I believe it was so that every parent from that moment forward would know God can be trusted to do the impossible with their children! The Lord was saying: -- "I can restore anything & anyone! -- If you'll just believe, all things will be possible to you through me."
All over the world today -- multitudes of Christian parents agonize because their children are under the devil's power! I see the pain in the eyes of a mother! -- I see a heart-broken father who never dreamed his child would turn to drugs! The devil has told these parents that their children are hopeless -- that their problems can never be fixed! The devil has convinced them of a powerful lie -- that even God is unable to help them!
Maybe you think your unsaved love-one is hopeless -- that he/she will never come to Jesus! Maybe you have given up hope for your husband -- your wife -- your son -- or your daughter -- your grandchild! But no person is ever too far gone for God to fix! I know many a Christian who can testify today -- "I prayed for my loved-one for years. -- Then one day -- after I'd almost given up hope -- God broke through! -- God saved & delivered my loved one!"
We must never give up on anyone -- because nothing is impossible with our God! -- Our God can fix anything!
2. Jesus Brings Life To A Little Girl Who Had Died!
Mark 5 tells the story of Jairus -- the desperate ruler of the synagogue -- who asked Jesus to heal his little daughter. The twelve-year-old girl was dangerously near the point of death. Jairus pleaded with Jesus to come to his house & lay hands on her. Jesus agreed to go with him -- but first Jesus stopped along the way to minister to a woman with a blood disease; -- the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment -- & who was healed. While Jesus tarried -- a messenger came with tragic news! It was too late -- Jairus' daughter had already died. Jairus' heart was gripped with grief; -- he no doubt thought -- "If only we had gotten there on time! -- But now it's too late!
But Jesus ignored their comments & said: -- "Don't be afraid. Just trust me." As they approached Jairus' home -- they heard sounds of wailing & mourning -- people grieving over the little girl who had just died.
Picture with me the contrast in this scene: -- Here was God in the flesh -- Creator of the Universe -- able to perform any work imaginable! -- And yet the people were weeping in His presence! In short -- they were testifying -- "God can only help as long as there is some sign of hope left -- but once all life is gone -- there is no need to call on Him anymore. -- Even God couldn't restore that kind of situation!" But -- my friends -- even when hope is dead -- God is still alive!
Jesus rebuked such unbelief! -- He asked: -- "Why are you crying & carrying on like this? -- The child isn't dead. -- She is just asleep." -- And the people laughed at Him! Jesus was trying to tell them: -- "This situation is not what you see or think! -- You think all hope is gone. -- But I say there is restoration." With that -- Jesus went into the little girl's room -- & taking her by the hand He said: -- "Get up little girl" She jumped up & walked around; -- her parents just couldn't get over it!
Now -- why did the Holy Spirit include this story in Mark's Gospel? I believe He did it to show that nothing is too "dead" -- too far gone -- for God to restore to life & wholeness! God is saying to us today: -- "Put your trust in me to fix your problem; -- It is never too late for me too work!" Oh, how many Christians today no longer call upon the Lord -- because they think their problem -- their situation -- is beyond hope!
Multitudes of people trust God only until something in their life dies! -- I'm not referring to the death of a person. I'm talking about the death of a marriage -- a relationship -- a dream -- your hope for an unsaved loved one -- anything in your life you think is impossible to fix -- impossible to change or restore! That is what I am talking about!
Like the people in this story -- you may laugh at the idea of there being any more hope! -- Laughing at God is wasting your breath! God can do whatever He pleases! Laughing with God, however -- is a glorious experience of rejoicing in promises fulfilled -- & life enriched!
Are you like Jairus' family & friends -- sitting around wringing your hands -- & talking about how hopeless things are? God can bring back to life anything you have given up as dead! Even when hope is dead -- God is still alive!
All it takes is one word from Jesus -- & that which was dead springs to life! We must never give up on anything -- because nothing is impossible with our God! -- Our God can fix anything!
3. Jesus Produces A Coin to Pay Taxes!
Are you having financial problems -- unable to pay your bills? Jesus' disciples were having that problem -- & Jesus fixed their situation supernaturally! When tax time came around -- Jesus & His disciples had no money to pay the needed amount. -- So how did the Lord fix the situation? He sent Peter out to catch a fish! Jesus told Peter he would find a coin in the mouth of the first fish he caught -- & that coin would cover their tax bill!
The story is told in Matthew's Gospel -- chapter 17. Matthew tells us that Jesus & His disciples arrived in
Now I can only imagine what Peter must have thought! "Tax money in a fish's mouth? -- This I've got to see -- I've been a fisherman all my life -- & I've seen a lot of things inside fish -- worms, hooks, seaweed -- but I've never seen a coin inside a fish!" Yet, when Peter reeled in the first flopping fish -- Peter opened its mouth to find a shining coin! The amount was enough to pay their taxes -- just as Jesus had said!
Now -- why did the Holy Spirit move upon Matthew to record this story? Why did Jesus choose to fix their situation through a miracle? Why didn't Jesus just take up an offering? Why not send the disciples out to work for a day to bring in enough wages to pay the taxes?
I believe Jesus moved supernaturally here because He wanted to prove that He'll do the impossible for us! He can fix any financial problem -- any family crisis -- any overwhelming need! -- Nothing in your life is beyond God's ability to fix! Our God can fix anything!
Conclusion: -- We need to hear again the Lord's challenge to Sarah -- "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
This is not an declaration -- or a proclamation -- rather, it is in the form of a question! It comes as a question because faith requires a decision! The question demands an answer -- a response from us!
Today I say to you with a deep, heartfelt love -- if you want spiritual victory -- if you want freedom -- if you want to see God work in your life -- then believe that God is able! You have to believe that nothing in your life is impossible with God! His wisdom & power & love are perfect! Learn to trust God -- even on uncertain paths! Remember -- God can do anything -- but more importantly -- He always does the right thing! So take hold of God's promises by faith; -- believe God can absolutely change & transform your life! -- He can fix your brokenness!
Facing an impossibility gives us the opportunity to trust God! Our God can fix anything! When we have faith -- when we rely on God -- when we give God time --then truly nothing is impossible!
When we depend on ourselves -- people see what we can do -- & our testimony is: -- "Didn't I do well!" But when we depend on God -- people see what God can do -- & our testimony is: -- "Didn't God do well!"
If God provided a son for Abraham & Sarah in their old age;
If God provided deliverance for the demon-possessed boy;
If God provided life for Jairus' daughter who was dead;
If God provided a coin from a fish to pay the taxes;
Then God can provide for you!
The whole Biblical story tells us -- Nothing is impossible for God! That is why today -- right now, in faith -- we can sing the praises of the God with Whom nothing is impossible! Our God can fix anything! He is saying to you this very moment -- "I'm your God, & I can fix it!"
Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.
Nothing is impossible when you're trusting in His Word.
Hearken to the voice of God to thee:
"Is there anything too hard for Me?"
Then put your trust in God alone -- & rest upon His Word.
For ev'rything -- oh, ev'rything
Yes, ev'rything is possible with God!
Pastor Lyle Pettit -- Wynne Chapel --