New Year… New Beginnings
God can make the impossible possible. When God told 100-year-old Abraham that he and his 90-year-old wife Sarah that they would have a child, Abraham dropped to the ground in unbelieving laughter at such a ridiculous idea, and Sarah joined him in the laughter (Genesis 17:15-17; 18:10-12). But it happened.
When an angel told the young Virgin Mary she would have a baby to be named Jesus, she asked how that was possible. The angel’s answer: “With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:26-37). And it happened, Jesus was born just like God said.
He is saying that to you, too. Do you remember the time when a man brought to Jesus a little boy who often foamed at the mouth and fell down, sometimes into water or fire? This distraught father told Jesus, in effect, “I brought the boy to your disciples, but they couldn’t help us.” But Jesus could!
When the man said to the Lord, “If you can do anything…help us!” Jesus replied, “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:17-23).
Our Lord said almost the same thing to his disciples at other times (Matthew 19:26 and Luke 18:27). And everyone who believes in Christ is his disciple and can trust him to help in seemingly impossible situations.
Faith and prayer are the keys to making the impossible possible—even though the process can be very slow and even if our faith is very small. Jesus said that faith as tiny as a mustard seed—one of the tiniest seeds on earth—can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).
When you face an impossible situation, remember:
“God is my strength and power” (2 Samuel 22:33).
“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
“We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
“God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
As we begin a New Year together maybe it’s time to break old habits, barriers and busyness that seem always to slow down our spiritual progress and journey. Maybe a “New Start” is the right thing for you and me. Let me suggest….
- the need for better Bible understand: Sunday School
- the need to more worship: why not Sunday evening or Wednesday night Bible study
- the need to trust God more: try tithing
- the need for broader circle of friends: Men’s fellowship or Ladies Aide Circles
- the need for more family time: Church brings families together under one roof