Summary: How long has it been since you attempted something that seems humanly impossible? Dr. Charles Channey spoke to St. Louis Baptist Association and gave four rules for attempting the impossible.
RULES FOR ATTEMPTING THE IMPOSSIBLE
“And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were frightened, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind stopped.” (NAS)
The branch of the service called the "Seabees" had as their slogan during World War II, "If it’s difficult, it will take a day or two. If it’s impossible, it will take a little longer."
How long has it been since you attempted something that seems humanly impossible? Dr. Charles Channey spoke to St. Louis Baptist Association and gave four rules for attempting the impossible.
RULE ONE: Don’t get counsel from your detractors (vs. 25-27)
“And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were frightened, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
To prove this idea as a Biblical concept we must realize that we don’t have all the words that were spoken in the conversation between the disciples and Simon or Simon and Jesus. In the gospel of John, it states that if all the words of Christ were written down, perhaps all the books of the first century would not contain them. (John 21:25).
Therefore, it seems a valid idea that people would offer their advice to Simon as he began to walk on the water.
Listen carefully and tell me if you can hear the cold water committee giving advice to Simon. Can’t you hear them saying, "No one has ever done that, Simon, Don’t be a show-off.
It’s more sensible to stay in the boat, Simon. who’s going to pay for your hospital care if you break a leg?" Or maybe, "There’s a ghost out there."
The principle of Rule One recognizes that if you’re going to try to do the impossible, there will be many who will tell you how you can’t do it. They know why you shouldn’t attempt the impossible and almost always they can give advice whether they know what they’re talking about or not. Don’t get counsel from your detractors. GET SPIRITUAL ADVICE FROM SPIRITUAL PEOPLE.
Einstein could not speak until he was four years old and did not read until he was seven.
Beethoven’s music teacher said about him, "As a composer, he is hopeless." When Thomas Edison was a young boy, his teachers said he was so stupid he could never learn anything.
Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor because he was thought to have "no good ideas."
Caruso was told by one music teacher, "You can’t sing. You have no voice at all." (copied from Pulpit Helps)
These are but a few examples of individuals who achieved recognition and success in their lives despite the negativism and criticism of others. They refused to say, "I can’t."
Job also received an advice to curse his God because of difficult trials he experienced but he never entertained it.
Whether in serving the Lord, a church project, a commitment to support the ministry, all Christians need to attempt to do what seems impossible.
RULE TWO: Don’t attempt the impossible in your strength (v.28-29a)
“And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come!"
Napoleon Hill said, "a burning desire is the starting point of all achievement." If you and I have a burning desire to do the impossible, we have begun to accomplish it. But since it’s spiritual we should not think we can do it in our strength or power. Simon Peter asked, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." Simon didn’t start walking on the water until Jesus commanded him to "come." Therefore, the impossible was attempted only after the Lord grave the command and the strength to do so.
This is the big difference in what the positive people of the church do and what the negative folks do. The positive folks say, "I can in Christ’s strength." The negative people just say, "we can’t" and both groups are right. Therefore Rule Three is "don’t attempt the impossible in your strength." NOTICE THIS: Simon didn’t just jump in the water; he waited for the Lord’s okay.