Mark 10:26-27 “And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
God’s Word is so amazing!
It is amazing that just two little words can take your thoughts to understand a principle or tell you something of God’s character.
The ominous part of these verses is the doing something thought impossible in my flesh, in the power of God. Salvation. Healing. Restoration. The changing of a heart or the changing of a life.
“…with God” it is all possible!
In the two-thousand and eighteen years since Jesus Christ first appeared and the four thousand plus years after creation, man has struggled with this very basic choice that began in the garden of Eden:
“Do I submit and obey to do the will and commands of God, OR do I choose to do it my way?”
Adam was taught about the trees in the garden and when Eve came on the scene, she was taught as well.
Genesis 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
It wasn’t until Satan came to the woman and tempted her by placing a seed thought in her mind.
Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Basically, he was questioning God’s Supreme authority – but he didn’t come at it with a direct challenge.
He suggested that maybe God didn’t quite mean what He said when He warned them about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He cast a bad light upon God that He was hiding something from them; that they were missing out on something far better than what they had.
Some scholars think, teach and believe that there were ten trees in the garden. God was teaching Adam and Eve about tithing by exacting one tenth of the trees to be set aside for Himself. They had the liberty and freedom to live within the parameters that God had set for them. Provision and protection were given them as long as they didn’t cross the line.
The disobedience to the command had specific consequences – “…ye shall surely die.”
Satan challenged that very statement:
Genesis 3:4-5 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
What he said was true. The lure of being in control; the temptation of being the one to choose your own destiny; holding the reins to your own life came down to this – either I choose God to be god of my life or I am.
Who will be the “I AM” in your life?
Adam and Eve never saw it coming. Eve was deceived. Adam disobeyed. The death that God said would happen was not the physical – breath leaving the body – kind of death. It was a seperation from the presence of God that they incurred.
Satan has tricked them into thinking that they would be like God Almighty. Instead, he deceived them into being just like himself – without God and a god unto themselves.
With God, I can do all things.
Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
When you and I choose to live this life ‘with God‘, we come under His umbrella of protection. That said, we must understand that Satan is relentless in his pursuit to get us to question; to doubt and to think we are somehow missing out because we are relinquishing the control of our life to another.
When I think of the phrase – “with God…”, I picture a Father’s hand extended for me to grasp.
The act of taking His hand is my acceptance of all He has for my life.
By taking His hand, I am submitting to obey His commands.
By taking His hand, I am trusting His will for my life – not mine.
By taking His hand, His dreams fo rmy life become my dreams.
By taking that hand, I am believing He has my best interest in mind – even when I do not understand or can make sense of what is going on in my life.
In taking His hand, I understand that I will need Him – always. For to live apart from that connection is to die.
It is easy to spot those in outright rebellion to God. But each of us has to deal with what level of ‘rebel’ is in us.
Our level of rebellion is measured in what ‘middle ground’ we allow ourselves to accept.
We live the Christian life on our terms.
We control the level of committment.
We allow the amount of worldly entertainment.
We appropriate the time we spend as we desire – as we deem important.
We excuse away the reasons why we cannot be in church; why we don’t read our Bible, study our Bible, memorize or meditate on our Bible. Prayer seems distant and cold. When what God intended becomes a chore and a drudgery, it is my heart that has taken the path away from God – not with God.
But truly, I have found a sweetness when I choose to live this life with God. The fellowship in prayer is sweet. The time spent reading His Word is sweet. The time spent with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ is sweet.
My walk with God, my marriage, my parenting and grandparenting all become sweet because the presence of God is there in the midst.
When facing a mountain of trouble or a storm is on the horizon, I can enter into it knowing that my God’s got this.
By faith, I truly believe that “…with God, all things are possible.”