Let’s Laugh at This Lie: It’s Impossible!
by Steve Backlund
with Brendon Russell, Janine Mason, Julie Heth, and Melissa Amato
Here’s a excerpt from our first kids book, Let’s Just Laugh at That for Kids, from the chapter “It’s Impossible!” Whether you’re a kid, a kid at heart, or a parent, we pray meditating on this truth and dispelling the lie of impossibilities brings you freedom and revelation today.
“I can’t do it. It just won’t happen. I have tried this more than a hundred times! Things will never change.” Thoughts fill your head, and you can feel your hope running down the drain while disappointment gets dumped on you like a bucket of water. You feel like giving up and burying what you hoped was possible. Hang on! You need to ask yourself, “Who told me that?” That may be how you feel, but it doesn’t mean it’s true. Before you get carried away with your feelings, let’s smash this trash with the Ha Ha Hammer.
The Bible is filled from front to back with stories of the impossible becoming possible.
God created the world with words (Genesis 1), and He parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14). Jesus made blind people see and lame people walk (John 9, Mark 2). He raised people from the dead (John 11), and He fed 5,000 people with two loaves and five fish (Matthew 14).
There are hundreds of stories that seemed impossible until God showed up. He is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. He is just as powerful today as when Jesus walked on the earth.
God really, really likes you, and He likes it when His kids trust Him for impossible things (Luke 11:11).
What Can I Say?
- There is always a way.
- The impossible is easy for God.
- My prayers are powerful.
- God gives me wisdom in impossible situations.
What can I do?
- Build your faith – Think of faith as a muscle. The more we use it, the more it will grow. Some ways we can build our faith include: declaring truth, hearing testimonies, and being thankful.
- Don’t let yesterday’s mistakes stop you from being amazing today – You may have had moments when you did not feel very successful. These can make you think other things are impossible for you also. This steals our hope for today. Here is an exercise to help with this: On pieces of paper, write down times in your life when you feel you have failed at something. Put them on the ground like stepping stones. Step on each one and notice that as you move forward, they are now behind you. The same is true of your past mistakes.
- Give God something to work with – Just like Peter had to get out of the boat to see if he could walk on water (Matthew 14:29), sometimes we need to take a risk. Faith is believing in what you cannot see or doing what cannot be done without God’s help. Ask God what to do, believe for His strength, and then take a risk with Him. As you step out and take risks with God, the chances are high you will see a miracle!
Let’s Just Laugh at That for Kids!
LJLAT For Kids takes the book, Let’s Just Laugh at That, and adds engaging stories, practical steps, and “laughter weapons” to teach children how to recognize and beat the lies the enemy tries to tell them. This is an interactive journey for adults and children to learn to “take every thought captive” to reinforce truth and hope in their lives. All the lie-defeating weapons of this book are laughter activated, because we believe laughing at what the enemy is saying and planning is key to helping us overcome the power of lies (Psalm 2:4).
Best for ages 6 – 10. Great as a devotional for parents, children, and groups!
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.