DAILY BIBLE VERSE

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

St. Matthew 19:21 - 26(NASB)

21. Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22. But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

23. And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24. Again I say to 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.”

25. When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?”

26. And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

In a world that promotes indulgence self-control is hard. People today just don’t like to or feel that they need to deny themselves. We say things like, “That’s pretty cool for someone else, but I could never give up __!” (fill in the blank: alcohol, smoking, sodas, sugar etc.)

And if we rely on ourselves then that statement will always be true. But there’s even another level to self-control that most of us never find.

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to 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.”

In other words, Jesus was saying that it’s hard for someone who is satisfied with the things of this world to deny him or herself. It’s hard for someone who is rich with excess to deny themselves and be humble enough to admit, “If I am going to please God then I must give this up.” When the disciples heard this teaching, they were confused until Jesus explained to them that “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

We tend to think of this verse as saying, “With God, all good things are possible! With God, all material things are possible! With God all our ambitions are possible” But that is not what it means at all. When you study this verse in context, it actually means, “With human effort alone, it can seem impossible to deny yourself. With human effort alone, it can seem impossible to make sacrifices. With human effort alone, it can seem impossible to have self-control. But with God, all sacrificial things are possible. With God, all self-control is possible.”

In other words, whatever you need to quit, it is possible with God. Whatever you need to break away from, it is possible with God. Whatever you need to lay down you can do it with God’s help.

By God’s power, we are empowered, for “with God all things are possible.”

Be encouraged today. You are not alone. God is with you and with Him all things are possible.

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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