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One-a-Day...for the Heart: That's Impossible!

Facing impossible things is part of being human. None of us can say everything we’ve hoped for, dreamed of, or endeavored has happened. From our earliest attempts at anything, we’ve encountered impossibilities.

The chubby little hands of a toddler cannot keep a tower of building blocks from toppling over; the swiftest runner faces impossible challenges in a race against other champions; the most brilliant surgeon discovers impossible complications during surgery. It is often painfully easy to see our human limitations and surrender to defeat and failure.

In a conversation with the disciples, Jesus explained how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God— “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,” He told them. They were astonished at this analogy, knowing He was describing an impossible situation. “Who then can be saved?” the disciples asked Him as they realized no one could perform such a feat. Jesus’ response compared man's limitations to God's rules: But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV).

Salvation can never be obtained by man’s laws, standards, or requirements. It is only possible through God’s standard, that is His saving grace through knowing Jesus Christ. In the incident described above, Jesus was warning that riches, which can produce greed and an unhealthy love of money, can also build a barrier in the heart and prevent one from surrendering to Christ.

Beyond salvation, what about other impossibilities we face? Is there any hope? The answer is YES! "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God, everything is possible," Jesus said (Matthew 19:26 NLT). The Greek word for possible is "dunatos," which means powerful, capable, and strong. A literal translation is, “With God, everything is powerful, capable, and strong.” Nothing God has ever said is without power. He is omnipotent. Psalm 62:11(NKJV) says God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.

With God, everything is powerful, capable, and strong. When impossible situations arise, and we are un-powerful, incapable, and too weak to change them, the God of the impossible can! By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT).

How many “That’s impossible!” situations are staring you in the face? Why not turn them over to the God of the impossible, and see what happens by His divine power?

© 2023, Chris Werre

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