Nothing is impossible with God

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

In 1952 Norman Vincent Peale said in his book The Power of Positive Thinking, “A positive mental attitude is a belief that things are going to turn out well and that you can overcome any kind of trouble or difficulty.” In contrast I believe in God that things will turn out for good (Romans 8:28). In the Bible In One Year App it says about today’s key verse, “This is far more than the power of positive thinking. It is the power of God that makes what seems impossible possible.” And they note another verse “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37.

So for the past year and four months I’ve been waiting on God to tell me what to do regarding employment. Each time I inquire (I am supposed to keep asking, seeking and knocking) He says wait. So I do. But after a candid discussion with my highly intelligent and super sensitive to the Holy Spirit son this morning, maybe God is waiting on me to move before He does.

Let me explain. He was clear that I was supposed to write a book.  I know right? Me? That’s what I said too, much like Sarah laughed when God said she was going to have a baby at 90 (she did by the way). I know very little about writing a book or even where to begin. But I tried last year. I connected with a Christian writers website and learned many things. I wrote. In my flesh. Needless to say it’s not worth keeping. I thought I was doing the right thing. When I realized what I was doing through my writings, I just stopped. I let the devil get a foothold. Instead of correcting and editing, I jumped ship.

I’ve continued writing my blog, some. I haven’t even been faithful with that because quite frankly, I lost heart. I began to question and scrutinize every word I wrote and then wished I could take back some that I published. I do pray guys, so very much. All day long actually. But another thing occurred to me today while I was praying is, how much listening are you doing? What can you do for God today instead of what He can do for you?

At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, this is for someone out there today. Whatever God has said for you to do regardless of how crazy it sounds, do it. Do it like David did. Exactly the way God said to. He may only give you enough information for today but He’s still there and will be in the morning to tell you what to do next. Spend time listening friends. God speaks. All of the time. Don’t wait until He has to get your attention. That’s not always comfortable.

I told my girls last night at Bible study that they are more than conquerors. That applies to me as well. If God has called me to it and He still wants me to do it then I will. No more listening to the nay-sayers. I am expecting a miracle here, we can expect extraordinary things from an extraordinary God!

What about you? What is God calling you to do? There is no safer place than in the will of God regardless of what your circumstances look like.  Those are really insignificant to the Master of the Universe.  He can and will take care of those things, the big ones and the little ones. He’s concerned with them all. He loves you friend and He’s cheering you on to get going.  There are no impossibilities with God.  You can do this!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13

Forgiven Much

“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Luke 7:47-50

Although this text doesn’t state what her sins were we know they were many. That didn’t stop her from entering the Pharisees house to have an encounter with Jesus. She believed and knew in her heart that He had the power to forgive sins. She went straight to the source. Despite all of the hissing of the Pharisee.

She took her alabaster flask of fragrant oil and stood at His feet behind Him weeping. She was so sorry for what she had done. Her falling tears gently removed the dust from the days walking. She used her hair to dry and clean them. She then anointed those precious feet with costly oil. Those very feet that the nails would be driven through.

Her actions backed up her heart’s condition. How does this speak to us today? How are our actions? That reveals the heart. Are we repentant and truly sorry for our sins or do we shrug them off knowing we are already forgiven? In a world where anything goes now it’s difficult to separate yourself and see your sin as God sees it. The world accepts it, even applauds it.

After the Pharisee points out her sin while she is anointing His feet, Jesus rebuts with a parable about two men that owed money. One owed little and one owed a substantial amount. The creditor forgave their debts and so He asks, “Which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”

What hope for today! Whether our sins are few or many, God forgives them all. It takes a truly broken and repentant heart. When our hearts begin to break over our own sin we are repentant. Asking God in passing to forgive you and believe in your heart that you are just a human and you are going to sin won’t cut it. Although it is true, it’s not a place where we should live. Sin breaks the heart of God and it should do the same for us.

I am not saying that after you have repented that you should continue to lament over what you have done. Lesson learned. Consequences accepted. Time to move on and march forward, a little stronger now in the journey. I don’t think that this woman went back to her sinful lifestyle. I like to hope she had a brand new beginning to the rest of her life. And you can too.

Notice that Jesus said, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Peace. That is what He trades for our confession and turning. What a beautiful truth. Have you experienced that peace? Do you long to know it? Isaiah says in 26:3 that “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Trust Him with all of your muck. He wants to forgive you and restore you just like we talked about with Peter last time.

My thoughts and prayers are always with you. You can contact me directly for specific requests. Have a beautiful day!