Matt 14:25-32


My message is about Attempting the Impossible. defines the word Impossible as ďan extremely difficult to deal or perform.Ē

There is a slogan during World War II, "If itís difficult, it will take a day or two. If itís impossible, it will take a little longer."

I donít know if you have attempted the impossible for yourselves? ÖÖ I know its hard, but we can still attempt the impossible thingsóespecially if it is for God.

Jesus replied, ďWhat is impossible with men is possible with God.Ē Matthew 18:27

Our text today gave four rules for attempting the impossible. If you want to attempt, try themÖ

RULE ONE: Donít get counsel from your detractors (vs. 25-27)

In life, there are many people around you who can make or break you. There are people who can get you up, and those who can get you down.

The principle of Rule One recognizes that if youíre going to try the impossible, there will be many who will tell you why you should not do it. Donít get counsel from the pessimist.


VIP Ė Very Inspiring Persons
VDP Ė Very Draining Persons
VIPís are Optimistic (Positive thinker) while the VDPís are Pessimist (Negative thinker)

ďA pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.Ē Winston Churchill

Saul is a classic example of Pessimist. He said to David, ďYou are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth." (1 Sam. 17:33)

Everybody else was saying ďHeís too big! We canít kill him.Ē David was saying ďHeís too big, I canít miss!Ē

There are some examples of individuals who achieved recognition and success in their lives despite the negative criticism of others. They refused to say, "I canít."

Job also received an advice to curse his God because of the difficult trials he experienced, but he never entertained it.

RULE TWO: Donít attempt the impossible in your strength (v.28-29a)

There is a beautiful song that became a theme song of many Americans in 1950s. The verse says,
ďNow, the end is near, So I face the final curtain Ė My friends, Iíll say it clear State my case of which Iím certain. Iíve lived a life thatís full, And traveled each, and every highway Ė And more, much more than this I did it my way.Ē

The singer composer of that song is called ďOld Blue EyeísĒ who died in May 1998 at the age of 82. Everyone agreed: There will never be another Sinatra. Sinatra had an amazing career; he even topped Elvis! He holds the record of 40 consecutive years with a song on the billboard charts. One of those chart topping songs was ďI Did It My WayĒ a theme song for many Americans.

>>When Sinatra died, he left family and friends, plus a world full of fans who grieved his loss. He also left behind millions of dollars