Nothing Is Impossible With God

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God. And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months’ pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say [Luke 1:35-38]

Don’t you think that Mary is amazing. Read the whole encounter between Mary and the angel and tell me you are not amazed. Her simple faith just astounds me. It challenges me too.

Her acceptance about what was happening as if it were a normal every day occurrence. Not sure I would have remained so calm in the presence of an Angel, telling such incredible things about my future.

 Her willingness to go with the plans and purposes of God for her life, even though she wondered how it could all happen. It is a demonstration of her faith in the goodness of her God.

Her assurance in Gods ability to perform. Her ‘how can it be’ question is answered with the telling of a miracle. That is all she needs. If He says this will happen, who am I to argue. The best response is often to allow God to do what only God can do.

This Christmas time, you may be faced with what seems like an impossible situation. You may be faced with challenges that you are not sure you can complete. You may be wondering about the plans and purposes for your life. Take courage from the knowledge that nothing is impossible with God and speak those same simple words of Mary ‘Let it be to me according to Your word.’

One Turn In His Presence

It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment, it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense. The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering. Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense. Zachariah was paralysed in fear. But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you – many will delight in his birth. [Luke 1:8-14]

This was ‘his one turn in life’ to enter into the presence of God. But what a turn it was. He could never have imagined it would be like this. Perhaps he just went to work that day hoping he would get it right, not drop anything, or make a fool of himself.

Yet this one moment changed his life forever. I reckon he changed from someone who was just going through the motions of life, disappointed about the lack of a child, to someone with a new spring in his step because of Gods word to him. It was like he was born again. Good news can do that to you.

One moment in Gods sanctuary is often all we need. Good news from God changes us. God speaks, we listen, then we do as God has said and our life is transformed forever.

I am thankful that this encounter begins the story which leads to the coming of Jesus and the access we now have to ‘turn everyday’ to God because of what He did for us.

Take a moment to thank God for sending Jesus and that through his birth He was working out the greatest plan of redemption the world has ever seen that means we can now enter into the presence of God every day. 

Reflective Moments

Then Moses said, “This is the thing which the Lord commanded: ‘Fill an omer with it, to be kept for your generations, that they may see the bread [manna] with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’ “ [Exodus 16:32]

As we walk with God each day it is vital that we not only experience the moments with Him but find a way to capture those moments too.

I think it’s incredible how easily I can remember the minutest detail about some things, yet forget more important and recent information. I can definitely recall the tougher times and those times when things have gone horribly wrong. They come to mind quickly enough.

Instead, I have made the conscious decision of what’s important to me on my walk with God. I have decided to make a record of what God has done for me. To remember the goodness of God. I am encouraged when life takes a turn or I am believing God for an answer. He has come through before, He will come through again.

How do you make sure that you reflect on those God moments?

Some people keep a journal. Personally, I try and write down my prayers each day which means I can look back and see what God has been doing. Just be willing to find something that works for you, it might just save your walk with God.

Thankful for Gods Mercy

Ever taking time to think about what God has done for you. How amazing his love is. How much we don’t deserve it but still receive it. Ever thrown yourself at the feet of God when you know you have messed up.

Thankful that his mercies are new every morning and never run out.
Thankful that God is able to keep me clean.
Thankful that you never give up on me.
Thankful that my life does not escape your notice.

‘Generous in love – God, give grace. Huge in mercy – wipe out my bad record’. [Psalm 51:1]
‘Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life’. [Psalm 51:7]
‘I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.’

Thank you God for loving me.
Thank you God for loving me, despite my best attempts at time to test that love.
Thank you God for your unfailing love.
This is my prayer….everyday. How about you?

Day 9…Make Each Day A Great Day

Start the day the best way…with God. Take a moment, thank Him for everything He has done. Even amidst the chaos that life can throw at us, there is still something to thank God for.

I know its not always possible for everyone to find space alone at the start of the day but if you can, then I encourage you to make it a priority. Jesus often rose early and went off into the countryside. I just go downstairs but its my time with God, no interruptions, just an opportunity to connect with God before I head into the day.

Take time to meditate…
Remember…His mercies are new everything morning.
Remember…His faithfulness endures forever.
Remember…He is the God that changes not.
Remember…He will never leave you or forsake you.
Remember…that the Holy Spirit, God Himself, lives inside of you, ready to lead you and guide you through the week.

I am learning that to see the breakthrough I am believing for I need to get a hold of God, not let go and have some persistent determination. I think the Team Church theme at Xcel Church is helping me understand that being a Christian and being Church must be taken more seriously. After all, Iif I don’t do it I cannot always assume that someone else will.

When do you get with God?
What do you do in that time with God?