Nothing is impossible with God. Have you settled this in your mind? The Bible says God can do anything. Nothing is too hard for God. Luke 1:37 NIV, says, “for nothing is impossible with God.” This is what the angel tells Mary after she is told. That she would be giving birth to Jesus. Mary’s response, is an example to us all, she says in verse 38, “I am the Lord’s servant,… may it be to me as you have said.”. In that moment, Mary decided she was going to believe nothing is impossible with God. I believe Mary may have experienced this on a different level than any other human since she was pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit alone even though she was a virgin.
I believe we have heard this so many times we don’t really comprehend how miraculous it is. I have experienced God’s work in my life many times. I have seen God answer many prayers, including physical healing, spiritual and emotional healing, relationships restored, material needs met, even financial needs provided for when no answer seemed likely or even possible. Most of these might be explained through the love of friends and family who may provide help in times of need. Some of these are unexplainable from a human standpoint. The truth is, God is constantly working miracles all around us, every day. Even though we might be able to explain the circumstances it doesn’t mean God and his miracle-working power was not involved. In fact, I believe God often chooses to miracles through people. Some might see some of these as coincidences. For instance, a person feels God is wanting them to visit someone to encourage them, this might be God leading this person by the miraclulous work of the Holy Spirit. Or maybe a person has a financial need and they pray about this need. Even though they don’t tell anyone about their situation, some leaders from their church meet and decide to give them money to help them. (I have personally had this happen to me on several occasions.) This is God doing the miraculous through his people. As I mentioned, some might insist there is a logical explanation such as, coincidence or merely the generosity of people. But, there’s no getting around the fact that a virgin becoming pregnant and giving birth by the power of the Holy Spirit is beyond our human understanding. We must trust God as Mary did when the angel told her “nothing is impossible with God.” We must be ready to say, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.”
Now, let’s look at a passage where Jesus, himself, says nothing is impossible with God–Matthew 19:16 – 26 NIV.
“Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
In this passage, Jesus is using his interaction with the rich young man to teach the disciples that no one can acquire salvation by their own actions. It is only through the unlimited power and grace of God that salvation is possible. In fact, we know salvation is only possible through receiving Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross as payment for the cost of sin–one death, the ransom, for all who will believe and receive. This is the point Jesus is making. But, in addition to this specific point, he shares a much broader truth–“with God all things are possible.”
Have you settled this in your mind? God is able to do anything and everything he wants to do. There is nothing too difficult for him in the world or in your life. That “mountain” in your way, that seems impossible, is no more difficult for God than breathing is for you and me. Even more than that, God wants to save us. Salvation through Jesus is his idea, it is his plan.
When we believe God is able to do all things, then we can respond the way Mary does, and say, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you [LORD] have said.”
Article by Tim Gray
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