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Permalink 10:36:10 am, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Trent, 716 words   English (US)

The Secret of Doing the Impossible

Ever feel like that guy with the shriveled hand? Embarrassed and singled out, like he must have felt that day that he met Jesus?

Jesus walked all over and met alot of people with functioning hands ... people that actually would have no problem opening their hand, lacing their fingers and spinning their thumbs. But it wasn't until he met the ONE man with the shriveled hand that Jesus said this:
"Come up and stand where we can see you!" He got up and stood there. ... He said to the man, "Hold out your hand."

Anyone else in the crowd would have no problem with that, would they? EXCEPT this one man because we read that he was "the man with the shriveled hand."

Sometimes I feel like that man.

I often feel like the lonely guy in the crown who cannot do what everyone else seems to be able to do on their own. They make it look easy, but for me it is impossible.

I have been having a conversation in recent blogs about this, but I'm trying to make this entry clearer than previous entries. We talked about some of the commands that I know that I have been told to do, yet at no time have I ever had the innate ability to do them on my own. We talked about "unless your righteousness exceed that of the Pharisees..." and "be perfect" and "be holy" and "don't get angry" and "do not worry" and "do not lust" ... all the things that I cannot make happen on my own, but others make it look easy.

Jason, I know, was trying to help when he brought up some alternative ideas of what those commands could mean. For example, instead of "perfect" be "whole." So, that when it reads "be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect" I could take that to mean: "be whole as your Father in heaven is whole." ... the only problem is that, on my own, and by my might and power, and all I could muster alone, not for one moment in time could I even keep this watered down version of the command. Others may be able, but not me ... I am like that man that cannot stretch forth his shriveled hand on his own. But like that man, I have learned the secret of doing the impossible.

'Not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit,'

The man with the shriveled hand likewise learned this secret that day: [Jesus] said to the man, "Hold out your hand." As he held it out, his hand was restored.

It wasn't just this man, but the cripple that Jesus commanded to get up and walk, and the blind man that Jesus commanded to see, and the dead man that Jesus commanded to come forth. Each command was particularly impossible to them, and each time they did it, not by might nor by power but by the Spirit!

And now you know to be encouraged when asked to do the impossible and love your enemies, and put off unrighteousness, and cloth yourself (that is your outward walk) with Jesus. Be especially encouraged when you feel as though others can do that, but you in particular are not able to do so by your power and your might. It is only those that "CANNOT" that find the Spirit sufficient ... for such is the case of Paul, who wrote this secret many years before:

"Faithful is He that called you, Who also will do it."

I stand before you a man with no righteousness of my own, but having been commanded to be righteous, by the one that also did it - and made me righteous.
I stand before you with no perfection of my own, but having been commanded to be prefect, by the one that also did it - and made be perfect.
I am not holy on my own, but I have been commanded to be holy by the one that also did it - and made me holy.
He has made this selfish person, love others, and this vengeful person turn the other cheek ...
And the list goes on ... for I have found the secret in the words that the world hates to say and Jesus loves to hear ...

"I can't."

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Comment from: pam [Visitor]
Morning Trent,

It is only when we reach that moment of total weakness and surrender that anything withered in us is restored. That is the repeating experience of Jesus in my life.

Permalink 08/13/07 @ 11:00
Comment from: pam [Visitor]
Hey Trent,

I had some more time so I re-read this and the accompaning scripture and when I read the fifth chapter of Thes. what jumped at me is the beginning of the chapter and our not being given to know times and seasons. Jesus could have healed everyone on the planet right then or maybe just his followers but He did not heal the entire planet and not even all of His followers. The man with the withered hand probably also considered it 'time' or the apropiate season of his healing to be much sooner than the time God chose and Jesus fulfilled. The reason for the healing was not to serve the man with the withered hand but to serve the purposes of God. That truly is the purpose of any miracle, the glory of God. Of course, we are all served when God is glorified in such a miraculous way and we all hunger and thirst for such miraculous intervention in all the pain of our lives and we are impatient. Yet, even during the suffering of illness, that suffering is appointed to the glory of God just as the healing of the man with the withered hand glorified God by a healing that came only from God. Endurance for suffering comes from the same source as healing, only from God and never from ourselves.

Even the man with the withered hand who was healed by Jesus later withered in whole and died. Yet, if He is in Christ, He will be fully restored, resurrected upon Christ's return and the time of that return is not for any of us to know, not even Jesus knows, but only God the Father Who appoints times and seasons.

In my inner person, I too have been made new, I am much cleaner on the inside than I have ever been and much more fully restored to God. I get angry less, take personal offense less, worry less, am depressed less, and I no longer desire my own way but God's way in all things and that inward change has changed the things that I do in the flesh. Ah, but my poor flesh is yet withered and withering more so as each day brings me closer to physical death but I know that one day, God will heal me, in His time not mine; and of that day and hour, I know not when it is coming but in it is my hope: my resurrection when the inward spiritual change will become sight and my body will no longer be made of weak clay but instead be as Christ was upon His resurrection, something I don't fully understand but more wonderful than I can ever imagine for it will not be of human imagination at all but a wonderful miraculous intervention of God that suits His purpose and also serves my need.

Until then, I am in need of daily ressurection in spirit that my weak flesh might yet behave as a instrument of God upon this earth. I love the verse before the one you quoted and I will quote it here: 1 Thesalonians 5:23 "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved and blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

I am sorry if I have brought division. That was never my intent. My intent was to clarify Who Jesus is because I think we all have a tendency to either focus too much upon His Diety or too much upon His humanity and not upon the whole Jesus and we all need ALL of Him.

I also still live in a house of clay, clay that is visibly crumbling and often Jesus is the only one with me in this decaying process. It comforts me to know that He has suffered all that I suffer because He chose to live in a house of weak clay too so that He could set me free of it's bondage. I also take comfort in knowing that in His time, I will be fully restored. I would like it now but it will only come when it suits the purposes of God. I reacted to the original post in pain and though I don't feel that I have expressed anything wrong, I desire no division between brother and brother or between brother and opinionated big sisters:0)---other than the division that each of us experience to Jesus Christ alone.

Okay, I'll truly, shut up now and if not spoken to, I will most assuredly fade away.:0)

May God have continual Mercy upon us all!

Permalink 08/13/07 @ 16:38
Comment from: Len Hummel [Visitor] ·
Jason, Trent, Pam, sometimes we just try to "think things thru" TOO THOROUGHLY and WITH TOO MUCH emphasis on the intellect [and words] striving to grasp these things which are MORE PERCEIVED by intuition and spiritual discernment.

We who are born of The Spirit [from Above] are a living contradiction THAT NEEDS ALIGNMENT by death to self and the ways of self.

THERE MUST BE an alignment of the soul and body TO THE HOLY SPIRIT within and without. - THAT requires the Refiner's Fire, ... and a deeper and deeper surrender to The Greater Will, FAR GREATER than our own.

TRUST, ... SURRENDER, ... OBEY, ... and press on. ... The Bridegroom treads softly, as the virgins sleep.
He awakens His own ... who yet hear His Voice, whether sleeping or awake.

Blessed be the Name of the LORD Yeshua ha adOn.
Permalink 08/13/07 @ 17:56
Comment from: pam [Visitor]
Thanks, Len, I really do appreciate that and I know overthinking is my nemesis.

Permalink 08/13/07 @ 18:30
Comment from: Len [Visitor] ·
You're certainly not alone in that area, sister.
For the record: your thoughts are VERY OFTEN worth expressing and worth pondering. (!)

Permalink 08/14/07 @ 02:48

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