Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All Things ARE Possible!!

"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." - Mark 10:27 NIV

"All things are possible with God." How comforting is that?! I mentioned this a little bit in my blog yesterday and today it's my devotional verse. Coincidence? I think not!! God is definitely reminding me this holiday season that He is in control. That, no matter what I think or feel can't be done, He CAN do it! All it takes on my part is faith and prayer; believing I have received. Mark 11:24 NIV says, "Therefore I tell you; whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

You may be wondering, "Is that really all it takes?" My answer to you is, "Yes, that's all it takes!" The Bible says so and every word in it comes from God. If He says that's all we need to do, then that's ALL we need to do! Maybe you're thinking to yourself, "But you don't know what I'm asking for or what I need to do or what needs to happen in my life. There's no way it can happen!" You're right...not when we try to take care of it ourselves. But, when we allow God to step in, miracles happen!!

I read a story in Sunday's newspaper that made me think of this verse. Ten years ago, a young woman, a pedestrian, just 18-years old, was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The driver was a young attorney out for a night on the town with a friend. The impact was so hard, she was cut in half. And he panicked and ran. He turned himself in two days later and served six years and four months in prison. He lost his wife, his profession and missed out on over six years of his son's lives. But there are a few miracles, a few "impossibles", in this story. The young woman's father forgave the man who took his daughter's life, not years later but almost right away: "What a waste it would be if he didn't have a wonderful life." Impossible, you say? "? "All things are possible with God." The young attorney went on to remarry, get joint custody of his sons and have a daughter of his own. He found another attorney willing to take a chance on him and give him a job. Miracle, miracle, miracle!! "All things are possible with God." He, on his own and not because he is required to by the courts, goes to high schools to speak to juniors and seniors about drinking and driving. He doesn't make excuses for his actions but he is making a difference. And the young woman's father has this to say: "I forgave the right person. I hope that his life and his actions are a testament to my wonderful little girl." "All things are possible with God." 

I tell this story to show you that, no matter what you're facing, God can and will see you through. Are you facing health issues that you feel are insurmountable? "All things are possible with God." Are your bills stacking up and you just don't know how you're going to pay them? "All things are possible with God." Are you holding on to things in your past and think you just can't forgive and let go? "All things are possible with God." Are you feeling alone and miserable this holiday season and just don't see anyway to change that? "All things are possible with God."

My God is a God of miracles, a God who can do the impossible. I've seen it in my own life and in the life of others. From very small miracles to very large miracles, God is able and willing to take care of us. Give Him your "impossibles" today. Turn them over to Him, with prayer and faith and trust in His promises. "All things ARE possible with God."

"Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation." - Andrew Murray

Dear Heavenly Father, there is absolutely nothing that is impossible for You. Thank You, Lord!! May I have faith in Your power and in Your miracles. When I feel all is lost and there's nowhere and no one to turn to, remind me of this verse, dear Lord. Remind me that You have the power to do the things I cannot do on my own. You are the Almighty God, a God of infinite power, infinite love and infinite possibilities. All praise and glory to You! In Jesus' name, Amen.

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