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Nothing is Impossible

God's Power Faith Perseverance

Contributed By: Walter Simmons | Date Posted: 2021-03-27

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:46 ; Acts 8:39

Author: Walter Simmons
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ILLUSTRATION

Usian Bolt was born on August 21, 1986 in Sherwood Content, Jamaica. He grew up obsessed with sports, excelling in football and cricket.  At high school, his cricket coach encouraged him in athletics. It was a good decision. He first gained notice as a track prodigy at the 2002 world junior championships. Before a crowd of 36,000 in Jamaica's National Stadium in Kingston, Bolt, then just 15 years old, won a gold medal in the 200-meter race. He became the youngest male world junior champion in the history of sports.

By 2007, he was the fastest man in track and field history, setting his first 100-meter world record; and a year later, at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, he rose to international fame.  In China, Bolt won titles in the men’s 100-meter sprint, the 200-meter, and 4x100-meter, setting new world records in all three events.

He has the title of being the fastest human who's ever lived based on known records. In 2009, at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin, he ran the 100-meter dash in 9.58 seconds, with an average speed was just over 23 mph and a top speed closer to 30 mph.

He amazed fellow athletics and fans alike, but he may be challenged by two runners from biblical days. The Bible tells the stories of Elijah and Philip as fast runners.

The story of Elijah is recorded in 1 Kings 18. “The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.” The Bible does not record how fast Elijah ran, but we do know that it was a miraculous speed.

King Ahab was riding in his chariot to stay ahead of the storm and it is believed that his top speed would have been 35 miles per hour. The distance from Carmel to Jezreel was about 20 miles and if Ahab was pushing his horses, then it is likely Elijah ran even faster than Usain Bolt’s world record and at a much longer distance.

The story of Philip and the eunuch is recorded in Acts 8.  “Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him anymore.” In a flash, Philip then appeared in Azotus preaching the good news. The distance was about 30 miles to the north. Estimating a flash is one second, a track and field judge might calculate his speed at 30 miles per second or 108,000 miles per hour. This was another miraculous speed. In the finite mind of man, Philip’s run and Elijah’s run would be completely impossible. But as the angel told Mary “... with God nothing will be impossible.” 

 

APPLICATION

As believers in Christ, we may not win a particular race or field event, but we can finish strong in God’s race.  Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  As a result, there was a crown waiting for him in heaven.  There will also be a crown in store for each one of us, should we run our race in the power of God's miraculous grace. 

If we run the race, keep the faith and allow the Lord to work through us, nothing is impossible.

The Power Of An Apple Seed

God's Power Mystery Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-02-01

Scripture: Matthew 18:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

I peeled an apple for my 2-year-old grandson today. As he was eating it, a seed became visible. He pointed to it and said, "bug!" So I explained that it was really a seed and that if he planted it in the ground it would grow into a huge tree and the tree would grow more apples with more seeds in them. 

APPLICATION

As I explained this, I realized this must have sounded fantastic, even magical to my young grandson. That’s because the power of an apple seed, like so many things we take for granted every day, really is magical.  We just need the heart of a child to see it. 

Jesus "called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:2-4). 

Science Cries Out For God

Science Apologetics God's Power

Source: “The antimatter mystery: Annihilation and a universe that shouldn't exist,” ABC Science By Bernie Hobbs, 6/23/2016

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-16

Scripture: Luke 19:40

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Bernie Hobbs, with ABC Science reports:

Antimatter isn't just a great plot device for sci-fi stories. It's at the heart of one of the great mysteries in modern physics — why our universe has stuff in it.

Every particle that makes up matter — the electron, proton, neutron and their more-obscure cousins — has an almost-identical twin: its antiparticle.

They were both made together from cooling energy in really high-energy environments like the big bang.

Antiparticles are exactly the same as their particle "siblings," except they have the opposite charge.

So here's where it gets interesting ...

... whenever matching matter and antimatter particles get together — they annihilate each other, converting back to the energy they came from.

Which brings us to a fundamental problem with our understanding of the universe: we shouldn't be here. 

The Standard Model of particle physics — which accurately describes all the particles and interactions that make up our universe — says our universe shouldn't exist.

Or at least, the matter that makes up all the stuff in existence shouldn't be here. It should have been wiped out by the matching antimatter that was created with it in the first second after the Big Bang.

APPLICATION

There are fundamental questions about the origin of our universe that science has failed to answer:  Questions like How could order come from chaos? Or, How could life come from non-living matter? Add to these an even greater mystery: How does anything exist at all? 

According to the rules that govern our universe, nothing should exist. Yet, here we are!  When an impossibility overcomes the impossible to become a reality, it is, by definition, a miracle.

This seems like the logical place to inject the idea of a supreme force, a divine being with the power to explain the otherwise unexplainable, operating beyond observable laws.  Science, however, is steadfastly committed to the idea of a universe that is self-sufficient and self-explanatory. But what we actually find is a universe filled with wonders that can’t be explained by any of the current, observable laws. 

The bottom line is that we live in a universe with too few operating principles to explain its mysteries. This, of course, is exactly what one would expect to find If divine power, and not the existing laws, were responsible for creating our universe. 

Science hasn’t killed God, it cries out for God.  

“I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

God's Paralympics

Humility Weakness God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-22

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Equal and Opposite Pressure

Cynicism Endurance God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-30

Scripture: 1 John 4:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Prayer Can Do Anything God Can Do

Prayer God's Power Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: Ephesians 3:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Barrier Between You And Nothingness

Jesus' Authority Word of God God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-08

Scripture: Colossians 1:17

Author: John Piper
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My Swing, God's Power

God's Power Servanthood Dependence on God

Contributed By: Robby Brown | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Scripture: Philippians 2:13

Author: Robby Brown
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Not All Leaven Is Bad

Heaven Influence God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-16

Scripture: Matthew 13:33

Author: John MacArthur
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God Is Bigger Than Your Troubles

God's Power God's Care Anxiety

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-08

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6

Author: Raymond McHenry / Illustration Exchange
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