Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's Possible!

It's Christmas Morning, and I just returned from the hospital. I was overjoyed to hold our new grand daughter Bella Brady, Her middle name is after her daddy. She is truly lovely, and a miracle from God. As I was driving home, my thoughts drifted to our Savior and to his mother so many years ago.
She was just a young girl when she was commissioned to have the Savior of the world. She was told that she would have a son, yet she had never even been with a man! Impossible!! When Mary asked how this could be, the angel simply said that with God nothing is impossible.
I don't know about you, but if an angel came to me and told me that I was going to bear a son, one that was going to save the world from their sins, I might feel somewhat overwhelmed. Not only that, but the task ahead of raising this child must have been daunting. She was being asked to raise a child that would change the entire course of history, and the eternal destiny of who would choose to believe.
Despite all these seemingly impossible feats, Mary gave herself over to the will of God, so He could accomplish His will through her. This is my desire. I want to be the kind of bondslave to my Father that dares to believe that nothing is impossible with Him.
In my day to day life, as I ask Him to fulfill His purpose in me, and look in His word for His expectation of me, sometimes I feel like it is impossible. It is in relationships, that God has called me to be like Him, and in those areas that I sometimes find it most impossible.  But, with prayer and belief in Him, He is saying to me, it is possible.
In Micah 6:8 it says: He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you. But  to do justly, To love mercy, And, to walk humbly with your God.
Am I just in the way that I treat others? If I have given my word, do I have the integrity to keep it?  Do I act justly in every relationship? For me, it will be through prayer and God's strength that I will be able to be a person that is just towards others.
Do I love mercy? I have received undeserved mercy from my Father. As His child, it is my calling to show mercy to others. I must, in all situations, resist the temptation to retaliate against others, but instead show mercy.  Once again, for me, I know this can only be done by the grace of God. His work through me, His power, not mine.
And, to walk humbly before Him, He wants my heart. He doesn't ask for a grand show, but my humility at His Throne. He wants my obedience to His will, submission to Him. Sometimes, I am distracted and I start to think I need to earn God's love. I become legalistic, or serve Him for the wrong reasons. I cannot be humble before Him, unless I ask Him to make me that way. Bowing before Him at His feet, and willingly giving Him all that I have, believing in my heart that He knows what is best for my life.  He will make ALL that He asks of me Possible!
Say That Again, Dear Jesus, and hold me to it. Keep me accountable to your will and purpose for my life. Just Say That Again, over and over.

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