No one wants to hear that anything is impossible. Each year that goes by I hear this more and more. We are a people of goals and motivational speakers.
Reminds me of the people who built the tower. God told them that He would not send another flood to destroy the earth, but they did not believe him.
Gen. 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
They were so into what they wanted and thought that they went against God. vs 6 they would not think that anything is impossible.
But they did not please God. God went on to confound their languages.
They did not believe God. They did not trust Him that He would do what He said.
That is what is impossible:
Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him...
Without faith IT IS IMPOSSIBLE...
TO PLEASE HIM....
MHC 2. What is here said of his faith, Heb. 11:6. It is said that without this faith it is impossible to please God, without such a faith as helps us to walk with God, an active faith, and that we cannot come to God unless we believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him. (1.) He must believe that God is, and that he is what he is, what he has revealed himself to be in the scripture, a Being of infinite perfections, subsisting in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Observe, The practical belief of the existence of God, as revealed in the word, would be a powerful awe-band upon our souls, a bridle of restraint to keep us from sin, and a spur of constraint to put us upon all manner of gospel obedience. (2.) That he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him. Here observe, [1.] By the fall we have lost God; we have lost the divine light, life, love, likeness, and communion. [2.] God is again to be found of us through Christ, the second Adam. [3.] God has prescribed means and ways wherein he may be found; to with, a strict attention to his oracles, attendance on his ordinances, and ministers duly discharging their office and associating with his people, observing his providential guidance, and in all things humbly waiting his gracious presence. [4.] Those who would find God in these ways of his must seek him diligently; they must seek early, earnestly, and perseveringly. Then shall they seek him, and find him, if they seek him with all their heart; and when once they have found him, as their reconciled God, they will never repent the pains they have spent in seeking after him.
Heb 11 - Those who walked in faith let Faith rule their lives.
[Prompted, actuated] by faith, [Urged on] by faith, [With eyes of] faith, [Aroused] by faith,[Motivated] by faith....
by [faith—[b]trust and holy fervor born of faith]
It is not about the outcome. There are many who did not receive:
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
AMP. VS 6 For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].
BUT All Things are possible with God. Through Him, trusting Him, believing Him, Looking to Him, & Having FAITH in Him and who He is....