The Power of Being WITH GOD!!!!

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Matthew 19:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

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

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History Behind This Verse:

Jesus was speaking to His disciples in this verse.  They had been asking Him questions about right and wrong and trying to figure out how to be GOOD enough to enter Heaven.  After telling His disciples many things about right and wrong, divorce, celibacy, and the likes, a rich young ruler came to Jesus and tried to prove his ability to earn Heaven through his own "goodness"....

Let's read a few verses which precede verse 29.

16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth.What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

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NOW back to our verse:

23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”

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

The first half of this verse is referring to our salvation, which is the ULTIMATE GOAL for all of us!!! It is impossible for any human being to live a life blameless enough to enter Heaven on their own merit.  We are all sinners!  No matter how hard we try, we all sin on a daily basis! It is impossible for us to obtain eternal life on our own terms, but with God THIS possible!!! The only way that we can enter Heaven is by acknowledging and accepting our savior, Jesus! It is only when we are covered by the blood of Jesus that we are worthy.  We must understand and accept the fact that the gates of Heaven will only be open to us through God's GOODNESS!!!

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Key Words

But

With

God

But- used to introduce something contrasting with what has already been mentioned.

(the second half verse 26 is written as a contrast to the first half.  The author is stressing the difference between humans and God.  Humans are very limited, but our God is not.  With God ALL THINGS are possible!!!)

With- accompanying; in the company of

God-   1. the creator and ruler of the universe; the supreme being.  2. God is love.

John 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

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Connection To Us

As I reflected on the key words for today, I was immediately awestruck by the VAST amount of LOVE I discovered.

God, the creator  and ruler of the universe wants to be with me! He wants to spend every moment of my life both today and forever after right beside me! I never have to worry that God is too busy for me, or if He would rather be somewhere else....  because He truly desires to be with me each and every moment of my life! The creator and ruler of the universe has declared His LOVE for ME!  He is head over heels in love with me! He is waiting, His heart in His hand, to see if I will accept His LOVE!

NOW, the ball is in my court.... I have to decide if I want to be with Him or not.

I can either choose to live my life connected to the supreme being of the universe or I can choose to decline Him and His LOVE.

BUT, WITH, GOD

These three words sound like someone is having to convince me to choose God.

As I read them again, I feel so sad and guilty!

The ruler of the universe, the supreme being, the essence of LOVE has declared His deep desire to be with me for eternity and I am needing reasons why I should choose Him!!!

But With God....  ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!

Read that part again with an open mind and heart.

You have a very important decision to make.....

Are you going to choose to be WITH God?

He will never force Himself on anyone!

He has sent you a love note:  I deeply LOVE you.  Will you be WITH me- check the box yes or no....

He is waiting for you to return the note to Him!

What box will you check??

I challenge each one of us right now to pray over this question:

Don't leave this computer screen without making your decision.

God so desires an answer.  He has been waiting your WHOLE LIFE to hear your answer....

Do you want to be WITH Him????

I pray that you will FEEL God's immense LOVE for you today!  :)