*Picture: Alice dressing the White Queen, Through the Looking Glass
In Lewis Carroll’s famous book “Through the Looking Glass”, Alice had a conversation with the White Queen. Alice said “There’s no use trying, one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Now of course, this is a fictional conversation, but there is spiritual truth in it. We need to do what the Queen advised – we need to practice (at least for half-an-hour a day) believing that the impossible things God has called us to do are possible with Him! Jesus put it another way when he said:
22“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
So what are you believing today? If you want to be a victorious believer, you need to live by the principles of the kingdom of God. These principles must govern your thoughts, your beliefs and how you speak.
First of all we need to make sure we are thinking right! We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat” and though that might be true for our physical bodies, a greater truth was spoken by the wise king Solomon who said:
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)
Our lives are determined first and foremost by how we think. The apostle Paul said:
“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
So allow God to transform your thinking by reading the bible and letting Him speak to you and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9). Then you will know God’s will for you. And God has planned some amazing things for your life:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10).
You probably already know some of these things that God has planned for you – they may be dreams you’ve had in your heart that for a long time, or perhaps recent ideas. Maybe there’s something you’d love to do but it seems so out of reach or maybe even impossible? Or perhaps there’s a project you’re working on now and you’re not sure if you can complete it? This is where we need to let God transform our thinking. Jesus said:
“Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
So next you need to believe that whatever God has called you to do, you can accomplish. This is where the White Queen’s advice is very wise. Put into practice believing the impossible. At the start of every day ask Jesus what impossible things you can do together. Speak to Him, imagine with Him. By His power working within you, He can do immeasurably more than you ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) – let that sink into your soul for a minute – Jesus does incredible things in this world by His amazing power flowing through you!
And just as Jesus told us to speak to the mountains in our lives, we can speak to our situations. In God’s kingdom, we accomplish by speaking and believing. If you need healing, speak to your ailment and tell it to leave your body in the name of Jesus and tell your body to be well. If there is strife in your relationship, tell it to go in the name of Jesus and practice forgiveness. If you are in debt, tell it to leave in Jesus’ name and practice generosity according to the kingdom principle that a generous person will prosper (Proverbs 11:25). Keep working towards your dreams in faith, speaking them into life. Trust God and follow His lead and He will open the right doors for you (Proverbs 3:5-6). And don’t give up because in His perfect timing, you will reap the reward (Galatians 6:9).
Finally God can be trusted. He is not a liar, nor is He fickle. He doesn’t say “yes” one minute and then change His mind and say “no” the next. With Jesus every promise is a resounding “yes!”. Our part is to agree (believe) and speak out our “amen, so be it!” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
So what are the impossible things, perhaps there are even six of them, that you will start believing from now on?