Do you believe?
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” –from Matthew 19:26
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” –from Mark 9:23
What benefit is there to what you are chasing or pursuing? Is it benefit to you? to others?
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. –from 1 Corinthians 6:12
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. –from 1 Corinthians 10:23
So let’s consider what we are about to do! So let’s consider the benefits! We aren’t alone and with God all things are possible because nothing is too hard for God!
So let’s consider the challenge ahead of us! Let’s consider the mountain we have to climb! Let’s consider the valley we need to walk thru! Let’s consider if it is something at home! Let’s consider if it is something at work! Let’s consider if it is something relational! Let’s consider if it is something financial! Let’s not limit God’s ability to help us in whatever situation we find ourselves because with God all things are possible and hence nothing is too hard for Him!
Let’s not allow the lies of the devil to tempt us into a situation where we should be! Let’s not allow the deception of the devil to trick us into doing something that isn’t beneficial and even potentially hazardous!
So let’s take a look at what today’s devotional (Day 8) has in store…
Proverbs 1:8-19, Matthew 6:25-34, Matthew 7:1-23, Genesis 17, Genesis 18
Temptation…the devil will try to use our situation and our weakness to get us into trouble…but remember…
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
So don’t step but but step up being bold and courageous, trusting in God, holding onto the victory that comes thru Jesus! Remember when Jesus told us we would have problems? Remember when Jesus also told us to take heart because He had already overcome the world?
Today’s reading speaks to temptation through the book of Proverbs…Remember that bad company corrupts good character…Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right! Remember as a kid your parents would respond to your “but … is doing it” with “well, if … jumped off a cliff would you jump too?”. All things are possible…not all things are beneficial! Don’t let the good life slip thru your fingers! Don’t let the promises of God slip thru your fingers! Hold onto the truth for the truth will set you free! Cry out to God when faced with a temptation and ask Him for wisdom and discernment before you step off that cliff everyone else seems to be jumping off of!
Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us;
we will all share the loot”—
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves!
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the life of those who get it.
–from Proverbs 1
So rather than being tempted into doing stuff that would, could, will get you into trouble, why not look to the perfect example in Jesus? Ever heard people talk about the golden rule? (“do to others what you would have them do to you“) Ever realized where that came from? Don’t be held back! Remember how all things are possible? Imagine if it were not only possible, but also beneficial! Would you take hold of it? Would you pursue it? Would you press onward and upward? Would you stop worrying about it? Remember, worry changes nothing but prayer changes everything! Would you start to live it out? Remember …
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
–from Matthew 6
So we need to put first things first! We need to live out our lives with right priorities! We need to put God first! Remember “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness“? Do you remember what the rest of it says? “and all these things will be given to you as well.” Consider what happened when God offered Solomon anything…do you remember what he asked for? Do you remember what God gave him?
God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
–from 1 Kings 3
Now that you have your priorities straight, next thing is to check our attitude! Don’t be judgemental! Instead, demonstrate mercy and kindness and most of all love!
7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
–from Matthew 7
At a crossroads and not sure what to do? Why not turn to Jesus? Why not ask Him? Why not seek His way? Why not knock on those doors till it opens?
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
–from Matthew 7
So start up your relationship with Jesus! Walk thru each day talking with Him! Allow Him to speak wisdom and direction into your life so that no matter what comes your way, you will have an answer for the hope that is within you! Trust Him! Believe in Him! Decide to live a life that is different from the world! Decide to live life that makes every place you go better because you showed up! Decide to live life that helps others to see the truth and God’s love! Decide to be a servant leader who is walking in humility rather than pride! Decide to go the journey that will be filled with purity, integrity, honesty and forgiveness!
Humility is the order of the day. You have to give, pray, exercise self-control and seek first the kingdom of God. It is a road of purity, integrity, honesty and forgiveness. It is a road where you are required to ‘do to others what you would have them do to you’ (v.12). You are to show good fruit – by your character, lifestyle, teaching, actions, impact and relationships (vv.15–23).
In this world you will have troubles, but take heart for Jesus has overcome the world! We see even in Genesis how they trusted God in the and through the troubled times! Will you trust Him if things look bad? Will you trust Him if things look hard? Will you trust Him no matter what? Will you be willing to listen to God’s Word and instruction? Will you allow Him to speak it over you time after time? Will you receive it? Will you take hold of it? Will you grab it and never let it go? Don’t lose hope! Remember all things are possible for those who believe in God! Remember nothing is impossible for God!
Devotional used is from: Day 8 – Bible in a Year 2017