ALL Things ARE POSSIBLE!!! :)

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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

Are-  PRESENT TENSE form of the verb "be"

Possible- able to be done

 

 

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Connection To Us

Notice this verse reads:  With God all things ARE POSSIBLE, not all things are GUARANTEED!!

We must always remember that God is not our personal magic genie!  He will not give us things simply by us asking for them.

A few differences between our God and a magic genie are:

 With God-  LOVE is FACTORED IN

With God-  He knows our true needs

With God-  Ultimate WISDOM is calculated into the decision

It is easy for us to get upset and question God when we do not get our prayers answered the exact way that we are asking.  If you think about it, this is kind of silly on our part!  We have the ruler of the universe deciding what to give us and what we really need- we should be able to trust Him.  He KNOWS ALL, yet we get upset and stomp our feet when He applies His knowledge.  Our Heavenly Father knows what our lives will look like both if He grants us our prayer request and if He does not.  He makes EVERY decision out of LOVE!

If this verse read:  With God all things are guaranteed......

Our lives would be a hot mess!!

Without God applying His love and guidance into our lives, we would be like the toddler at the toy store.  We would spend all of our time going from one toy to the next, constantly opening the boxes and then throwing the toy down- never being truly satisfied.  We would ALWAYS be looking for the next THING to fill us!!!!

With God, He KNOWS what will both FILL us and SATISFY us!  We must trust HIM!!!  He knows that the closer we are to Him, the more full, complete, and satisfied we will be.  He is not going to give us any THING (or person) which will lead us away from Him!!  

***  on a side note:  I know sometimes God chooses to not step in to heal a sick or dying loved one.  This is SO painful and hard to understand. I do not know why this happens.  I do know that God LOVES both the person who is ill and their family members VERY much!!!  He looks at the futures of all involved and uses both His wisdom and LOVE to make EVERY decision.  For whatever reason He may choose to not heal the inflicted person.  This is extremely heartbreaking for us!

I  am praying for you if this is your present story. I pray that God will reveal HIS LOVE to you in a very NEW and POWERFUL way today!  I pray that He can guide you to having peace with His decision.  He TRULY DOES LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF HIS AMAZINGLY BIG HEART!!!