By Terrill L. Pearson
Today's Scripture: Matthew 19:25-26
Central Thought: It is possible to elevate our faith to believe God for the impossible.
We live in a world that serves a daily diet of skepticism and unbelief. Even in Jesus' day, people trusted in the possessions they owned for their security rather than trusting in God. Sometimes it seems easier to trust in something we can hold in our hands rather than something we can neither see nor touch, such as faith.
Jesus related the story of a rich young man who wanted to know what it would take to enter heaven. Jesus told him to keep all the Commandments. The young man said he had done this since his youth. Then Jesus told him to sell all his possessions and follow Him. The young man turned and left, sad and unwilling to give up his wealth. Jesus used the story to remind His disciples that everyone who follows Christ must be willing to put God first; otherwise, entrance into His kingdom was impossible. When the disciples heard this, they wondered who could possibly enter God's kingdom. Jesus reminded them that with God all things are possible.
Have you ever looked at a certain situation and said, 'This is impossible”? It is easy to focus on the negative rather than the positive. It is interesting to note that the Greek word Matthew uses for possible is dunatos, which can mean 'able,” 'strong,” or 'mighty.” This means that when God is involved with our lives, He is able with great strength or might to accomplish the impossible in our lives. The answer to our situation is simply to trust God's ability to help us in the time of trouble.
Today would be a great day to begin to trust God and believe that He is able to turn the impossible into the possible. Believe Him for the impossible!
Devotional Prayer: Dear Father, help me today to focus on all the things that You can do, and eliminate from my heart all doubt and fear.
Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 7:25-9:35; Matthew 19:13-30; Psalm 24:1-10; Proverbs 6:1-5