Jesus be,?" wondered
the disciples. They hung on tightly to
the tiny boat as it was being tossed
about by a strong wind.
have called to us by now," said
one of the men. "He
was only going to send the people away
and pray. That was many hours ago."
In fact, that was while it was yet day,
and now it was after 3 in the morning. "Perhaps
we cannot hear Him call,- the waves have
pushed us very far from shore," said
doubt it,"Thomas replied. "I
pray the Jews have not arrested Him,"said
John, fearfully. Peter said nothing. He
just continued to peer through the
breaks in the fog, hoping to spot a
signal fire from the Lord. Occasionally,
he would tilt his ear in hope of hearing
a distant call.
Suddenly, there was a terrifying cry of
fear,-"I see a
ghost!" "There, through the fog!"Immediately
panic seized the hearts of the
disciples, holding them in its
paralyzing grip. Surrounded by a raging
sea there was nowhere to run.
Through the fog they could see the
ghostly figure moving across the
churning waters toward them. Sensing the
mental anguish of His disciples Jesus
courage, it is I; do not be afraid."His
stunned followers continued to stare,
but no longer from fear but in wonder.
John said, "It
is the Lord!" Thomas
spoke up and asked,- "How
can we be sure?!"
Then Peter turned back to the sea and
called out saying,- "Lord,
if it is really You, command me to come
to You on the water."Judas
Iscariot immediately rebuked Peter
are you doing? You will surely drown in
these waves!" "Quiet Judas!" said
it is the Lord He will uphold me,- if
not I will begin to sink immediately and
you may pull me back into the boat."
Then a familiar voice called out again,-"Come,
Peter. Come to Me." Peter
felt sure now,- it was the Lord. But
Peter had asked the impossible, and now
Jesus was inviting him to do the
God had created the laws of science,
including the law of gravity. Surely
Peter's own weight would pull him down
into the sea. It was one thing to
believe that the Lord could walk on
water, but another to believe that a
mere man could.
Looking down at the angry sea, Peter
I dare the impossible?" Suddenly
a comforting thought began to form in
Peter's mind. Something that he had
heard the Lord say one day,- "With
men, some things are impossible, but
with God all things are possible."
What an empowering thought! Peter's
faith began to rise up within him and he
quickly leaped overboard. Peter found
himself standing on the waters but he
was not surprised. Quickly and joyfully,
he began to walk toward the
out-stretched arms of the Lord. Peter
Lord was right! We can do anything if
the Lord is with us."
As Peter came near Jesus he could see an
expression on the Lords' face that
unmistakenly told him that the Lord was
happy that he had overcome his fear, and
had acted upon the invitation to walk on
water. Then Peter remembered something
Jesus had said when He was teaching them
about the importance of faith. He had
told them,- "Without
faith, it is impossible to please God."
"God is most pleased, when you step into
the realm of impossibility," - "the
place where, with man it is impossible,
but being assured, that with God all
things are possible."
Many thoughts began to race through
Peter's mind confirming what Jesus had
taught. He began to remember the stories
he had heard read each Sabbath in the
synagogue. Stories of how ordinary men
did extraordinary things when God was
with them. When Moses stretched his arms
the Red Sea parted. Nebuchadnezzar's
fiery furnace could not harm the young
Hebrew slaves who were cast into it
because the Lord was with them. Faithful
Daniel was safe in a den of lions. Young
David killed the Philistine giant,
Goliath with a single stone. Elijah
prayed and shut up the heavens that it
should not rain, and also called fire
down from heaven. "God
has always been faithful," thought Peter
"Why should I doubt?"
Suddenly, Satan, the prince of the power
of the air, seeing Peter's shield of
faith growing large and strong, sent a
mighty gust of wind to break his
concentration. The wind blew up a wave
that slapped hard against Peter's leg.
Suddenly, Peter took his eyes off Jesus
and looked down. Seeing the angry sea,
feeling the power of the wind and
hearing Satan whisper -"You
are not able!" into
his consciousness, Peter began to sink
into the deep."Lord,
save me!" he
cried. Jesus stretched forth His hand
and took hold of him saying,"O
you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Lack
of faith was the problem.
Peter's faith ebbed and flowed that day.
When he was strong in faith he could
walk on water, but when he wavered he
sank. James later wrote,-"...
ask in faith without any doubting, for
the one who doubts is like the surf of
the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
For let not that man expect that he will
receive anything from the Lord." (James
Though God's promises to us are
"impossible," they can be realized when
we act in faith. Faith activates the
power of God. Jesus repeatedly said to
those who were healed,Your
faith has made you well." Those
who had received miracles believed that
God was not only able, but willing to
fill their pressing needs.
Throughout His ministry Jesus continued
to challenge the limited thinking of His
disciples. He sought to shake them from
the contentment of their "comfort zone"
by telling them what they could, and
indeed would, do.
Near the end of His ministry on earth,
Jesus sat down with His followers and
began to teach them saying,- "My
friends, since you have been with me you
have witnessed great and awesome things.
You have seen Me give sight to the
blind, make the crippled walk and even
bring life to the dead." "You have seen
Me cast out demons, calm the sea with a
word, and fill the stomachs of thousands
with only a few fish and a little
"Now I want
you to believe that the power that is in
Me to work such wonders shall be in
you." Indeed, you shall do even greater
"Truly I say
to you, if you say to this mountain, "be
moved into the sea" it shall happen if
you have faith." "Whatever you ask your
Heavenly Father in My Name He will do."
"That is a promise which cannot be
broken, but it is a promise that must be
received in faith."
"After I go to
the Father you will receive power when
the holy spirit falls upon you." "Go to
all the world and preach the gospel of
salvation to every creature. Those who
believe shall be saved." "Baptize them
in My Name and teach them all that I
"Truly I say
to you, these signs shall follow those
who believe,- they shall cast out
demons, speak with new tongues, heal the
sick with a touch of their hands and
perform many other wondrous miracles,
all in My Name." "And I will be with you
till the end."
The promises of God are
Jesus once said that though heaven and
earth pass away, His Words would never
pass away. Notice carefully that Jesus
said these "signs" shall
follow those who believe. He could have
said these "miracles" or "wonders" but
He said "signs."
The Greek word translated "signs" here (Mark
means "mark" or "signal." Notice
Webster's definition of "mark,"- "a
distinguishing sign; indication or
Webster's definition of "signal",- "a
sign to communicate."
Jesus was saying that certain
distinguishing signs would follow those
who believe which would serve as
evidence of who they were. Signals,
communicating to the world that God was
still performing miracles through His
servants. Servants who truly believe.
And not really mere servants, but
children of the Living God who by faith,
dare the impossible.
Sarah and Abraham
has certainly blessed us since we left
our home in Ur," said
Sarai to Abram."Yes,
the Lord is faithful and true and has
always provided for our needs," Abram
If only God
had called us into His blessing before
we were too old to have children," lamented
Sarai with a sigh.
Lord promised that our descendants would
be as the sand of the seashore in
number,- He promised us a son. It is
part of the covenant which He has made
with us," said
must believe to receive."
how can I believe when my body is
producing no seed?!," said
Sarai. She continued,-"It
has been near 25 years since the
promise; I am now almost 90 years old.
If only the Lord would accept Ishmael."
Abram replied,- "Be
faithful Sarai, for the Lord says He
cannot lie. You must believe to receive.
Perhaps the Lord is waiting on you."
Sarai received the Word that she would
be blessed with a son when she was 65
years of age. She was now almost 90
years old and still without child. She
began to think about all the words of
faith which her husband had been
speaking to her.
She looked back over the past 24 years
since God had called them and saw that
every provision needed was always
faithfully provided. Sarai's faith began
to grow. She determined in her soul that
the Word of God was true, and indeed,
could not be broken.
She began to ignore the impossibility of
her body producing a child and began to
fix her eyes and her hope upon the God
of impossibilities. In her heart she
proclaimed the devil a liar and took
hold of the sure promise of the
She remembered what Abram had told her,- "You
must believe to receive."Finally
"Sarai" believed and became "Sarah."
"Sarai" means "Jah, or God is Prince",
"Sarah" means "Princess." She entered
into royalty the moment she believed.
And finally, she conceived Isaac.
Her decision to believe is eternally
recorded in the Bible,- "By
faith even Sarah herself received
ability to conceive, even beyond the
proper time of life, since she
considered Him faithful who had
promised." (Hebrews 11:11)The
promise of God was activated by faith.
When Sarah began to "act to see the
fact," her hope turned into reality.
Jesus said that the Word of God is as a
seed sown which must be received in
fertile soil to grow.(Matthew
Sarah's case, the seed was there when
God gave the promise. She was 65 years
old, but it took her 25 years to plant
the seed in her heart by faith. When she
finally did, the promise was immediately
activated and she conceived a son.
Finally, Sarah had stepped into the
realm of impossibility and dared the
impossible. She learned that
impossibility cannot stand in the
presence of God.
A Personal Testimony
On August 17th; a Sabbath, we
received word that one of our member's
was at the hospital with their 18 year
old daughter. She was experiencing
excruciating pain in her lower abdomen
which the physicians believed to be an
inflamed appendix. To make matters
worse, she was 7 months pregnant. To
make matters much worse, this young
woman's parents had been saved only
three years earlier and she had rebelled
and left home.
She had told me and her parents that she
wanted to "serve the devil." She had
been taking illegal drugs, practicing
immorality and had set her course to
self-destruction. In all of this she
knew that we loved her and were
continually in spiritual warfare for
her, offering prayers of intercession
After Sabbath services, several members
of the church and I went to the
hospital. In the room, we stood around
her bed as she suffered. Her mother
turned to me and said,- "We
can pray for her."I replied, "If
she wants prayer." The
mother then asked her daughter,- Do
you want us to pray for you?"The
girl indifferently replied,- "If
you want to."
I knew that Satan had a stranglehold on
this girl. And I also knew that she had
invited the powers of darkness into her
life,- she must now invite the power of
God into her life by requesting a prayer
for healing. I said to her,- "We
already pray for you everyday. But if
you want prayer for anointing you must
ask for it." She
stubbornly refused, rejecting God's
Soon afterward a surgeon and a nurse
entered the room and asked that we wait
in the hallway for a few minutes. The
surgeon told this young woman that there
was a small chance that she may die
during surgery, and a 15% chance that
the baby would not survive.
The news devastated the family. While
the family tried to comfort her the rest
of us went to the waiting room. Minutes
later her father came and said that she
was asking for me. I went, hoping she
would open her heart to receive a Word
from the Lord. I stood at her bedside
waiting for the invitation to ask for
She had great difficulty, truly a
struggle was taking place within her.
Part of her desperately wanted to ask
for prayer, but the spiritual powers of
darkness were doing their best to stop
her. Her face began to distort as she
began to sob, but finally said,- "Brother
Larry would you please pray for me?"
As I laid hands upon her head I could
feel the demons shudder as the power of
God surged like electricity. I knew that
God had healed her of an inflamed
appendix, but more importantly had
implanted Words into her being that
would stay, and continually trouble the
devil's plan. She also knew that she had
been healed but did not say so at the
time because she still did not want to
totally change her lifestyle. She wanted
only enough God to get out of this
situation. This was an important moment.
One who sows much reaps much and one who
sows little reaps little. It seemed that
she wanted to sow, but only a little,
which meant that God would deliver
The door opened and another physician
entered. He said the first surgeon was
wrong in saying that she and her baby
may die. He said,- "The
worst thing that could happen is that
you may give birth prematurely, but the
baby should be fine."
He then noticed that she was no longer
vomiting, in pain or running a fever. He
checked the readings on her monitor and
saw they were normal. He said,- "Though
the ultra-sound showed an inflamed
appendix, I am tempted to wait until
morning since everything seems normal."
He asked me to step out of the room
while he examined her again to determine
whether to cancel the surgery or not.
Moments later he quickly exited the room
and said, "It
is definitely appendicitis, we must get
her in surgery!"
Seeing this, I knew that there were
still demonic strongholds exercising
their powers, so I went back to the
waiting room and told the brethren to
begin praying fervently. I knew that she
had been healed, but I also knew that
she was holding back in professing it,
and giving God the glory for it.
There in that public waiting room
members of the Church of God Fellowship
got on their knees and began offering
powerful prayers to the Living God. We
prayed for well over an hour. During
this time I could hear the waiting room
door open and close from time to time,
but we did not care for we were lost in
The physicians performed the surgery
and removed a perfectly healthy
appendix. The inflamation they had seen
on the ultra-sound was no longer there,
which of course was "impossible."
But by asking for prayer, this girl
had dared the impossible and found that
with God nothing is impossible. She
later admitted that she knew immediately
that she had been healed.
Had she given God the glory at first
she would not have experienced this
unneeded surgery. I am convinced that
the physician would have cancelled it.
In prayers offered in faith, the
brethren also dared the impossible and
God has promised that those who believe
would be clothed with power from Heaven.
That signs and wonders would follow
them as they walk their walk of faith.
We must only believe to receive, and
act to see the fact. God's promises are
never "yes", "no" and "maybe," but only
as God is faithful, our word to you is
not yes and no, for the Son of God,
Christ Jesus, who was preached among you
by us. . .was not yes and no, but is yes
in Him. For as many as may be the
promises of God, in Him they are YES."
(2 Corinthians 1:18-20)
Brethren, you need not settle for a
spiritually powerless Christianity. The
gifts and the calling are yours. Jesus
said that His followers would be "clothed
We need only to believe to receive.
It is our faith that activates the power
of God which dwells within us.
Will you please God by stepping into
the realm of impossibility?
Will you dare the impossible?