"With God nothing shall be impossible!" Luke 1:37
Let us mark the mighty principle which the angel Gabriel lays down to silence all objections about the incarnation: "With God nothing shall be impossible."
A hearty reception of this great principle is of immense importance to our own inward peace. Questions and doubts will often arise in men's minds about many subjects in religion. They are the natural result of our fallen estate of soul.
Our faith at the best is very feeble. Our knowledge at its highest is clouded with much infirmity. And among many antidotes to a doubting, anxious, questioning state of mind, few will be found more useful than that before us now--a thorough conviction of God's omnipotence. With Him who called the world into being and formed it out of nothing--everything is possible. Nothing is too hard for the Lord.
Let principles like these be continually before our minds. The angel's maxim is an invaluable remedy. Faith never rests so calmly and peacefully--as when it lays its head on the pillow of God's omnipotence!
(J.C. Ryle via Grace Gems)
If I am not hopeful in the little things, like a rocky friendship, or laziness, or thoughtlessness, or self-aggrandizement, then I cannot be hopeful in the big things that touch the lives of those around me, like terminal cancer, crime, oppression, alcoholism, same sex attraction, divorce, prodigal children, teen pregnancies, death . . . the list goes on.
“I am hopeful,” I said. “I really am,” I added when my friend looked at me somewhat skeptically. We’d been discussing a challenging situation we were both trying to process biblically. We had neither of us evidence to believe things were going to change, so it was no wonder I received this hesitant look from her.
“I have no choice but to be hopeful,” I thought later after I received word of a heartbreaking moral failing from someone close to me.
Although we reside in the Lord's garden, the inclination of our still-fleshly lives is to choose our own path for growth. We strive for reproduction of ourselves, more of me! more of me! But God has a way to strengthen and beautify us, drawing forth applause and glory---more of Him! more of Him! And as happens in the cycle of growth, that often involves deadheading and affliction. (Scroll down or click Read more.)
I was so excited to send the photo I'd just taken to my daughter.
Just three days before, these flowers were freebies at the local garden center. They were wilted and straggly, with droopy, dead and shriveled up blossoms and overgrown rootballs. I wish I'd taken a "before" picture so you could see how hopeless they looked. Still, Joy begged me to take some home.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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