TITLE: Belief for the Impossible
By Beckie Stewart
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"Leave it all there and come."
"Oh my goodness, you have got to be kidding," is what the rich man must have wanted to say to Jesus, but instead he walked away sad because he owned a great deal.
Jesus challenges the disciples about the rich inheriting the kingdom of God. The disciples are wondering if anyone can be saved, and so Jesus responds by saying, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (NASB Matthew 19:26).
Do our prayers really make any difference in anyone's lives? Can being kind to our enemy really make a difference? Do messed up people ever see the truth about how they are hurting others and change?
Many times we dictate to the Lord the way in which He should answer our prayers, and then we wonder why He does not answer them. The Lord asks us to pray, but to leave the results up to Him.
We are impatient as years have passed and the one we love is not saved. Our trust waivers as the one we love continues down a destructive path. We feel hopeless because the one we love dies as a result of their sickness. We want to change also, but we struggle and remain the same.
If the Lord says He can do the impossible, how come we are not seeing the impossible happening around us? Are we missing it somehow?
People are getting saved. Ask Billy Graham. People are seeking Jesus and having their lives turned around. Ask Alan Jackson.
Spouses and children are surviving car accidents. People are doing random acts of kindness for one another. Many of us are learning to respond with grace to the rude and mean-spirited person.
May we seek the Lord to reveal to us today where this promise is being kept.
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