Saturday, July 25th, 2015
All Things (Part 8)
Are Possible With God
Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
Jesus said... 'If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.'
Mark 9:23 (NKJV)
Consider the combination of three small words: hope, faith and work. Together they form a rare business partnership. The business is the production of miracles: eye-popping, jaw-dropping, head-turning amazements. This partnership is a two-way deal: man and God.
Man must carry the first two items: hope and faith. Hope is like the building plan; without it, we're dead. Faith supplies the energy; it keeps us moving. But the third item, work, depends on both partners. Because 'We are labourers together with God' (1 Corinthians 3:9).*
It's an extraordinary collaboration. God designed it: We do our best, He does the rest. When God hears our hope, feels our faith and sees us try, He sends to us His miracle-making Expert: 'Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith' (Hebrews 12:2).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: remember this three-step partnership:
1) Hold on to your hope to become a star for God, casting down arguments and skeptical doubters.**
2) Continue to walk in faith, no matter how far. 'Without faith it is impossible to please God' (Hebrews 11:6).***
3) Work every small stage showing joy and contentment. God's Word promises prime time for humble workers.****
To Be Continued...
* Bible commentaries on 1 Corinthians 3:9, 'Labourers together with God.' Note MacLaren's Exposition: 'Cannot He do it all Himself? No. God needs men to carry out His purposes...': http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/3-9.htm
** 'Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5); Consider also: Jesus put skeptics out of the house before He performed miracles: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+5%3A37-42&version=NKJV
*** 'He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him' (Hebrews 11:6), 'And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive' (Matthew 21:22). Trust that His timing is perfect: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Habakkuk+2%3A3&version=NKJV
**** He will complete your work, perfect your performance and exalt you: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=phil+1%3A6&version=NKJV; https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+5:6-7; https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A21&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.