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Matthew 19:26

Two men met for prayer early one morning. After reading a passage of Scripture, they knelt in prayer. Said the first, “Lord, it’s hard for me to pray. You know that I am at the end of all my resources. I have nothing left. I am totally broken in mind, heart, and spirit!”  

Upon hearing his brokenness, his prayer partner put his arm around his shoulder and shouted, “How wonderful! Now you are at the beginning of God’s resources.” 

Mark’s Gospel has an exciting story about a ruler and his resources. It reminds us of the importance and necessity of eternal values rather than earthly riches. 

Jesus, in speaking of the emphasis we place on money, said, “People with wealth will have a difficult time in getting into heaven.” Astonished, one of his disciples asked, “Well, if money won’t get us into heaven, what will?”  

Calmly He replied, “Humanly speaking, getting into heaven on your own is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 

Material possessions and our desire to acquire them tend to fix our hearts on the things of this world. When this happens, we lose sight of what is truly valuable: our relationship with God. He becomes unimportant. 

For many, it is easier to pass the test of adversity than the test of prosperity. Prosperity places the focus on ourselves, while adversity proves our need for God.  

Prayer:  Help us to realize, Lord, that unless we place our trust in You and the redeeming love of God, we lose sight of what is important! May we seek Your “way.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26 

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Two men met for prayer early one morning. After reading a passage of Scripture they knelt in prayer. Said the first, “Lord, it’s hard for me to pray. You know that I am at the end of all my resources. I have nothing left.”
Upon hearing his brokenness, his prayer partner put his arm around his shoulder and said softly, “How wonderful! Now you are at the beginning of God’s resources.”
Mark’s Gospel has an interesting story about a ruler and his resources. It reminds us of the importance and necessity of eternal values rather than earthly riches.
Jesus, in speaking of the emphasis we place on money said, “People with wealth will have a difficult time in getting into heaven.” In astonishment His disciples asked, “Well, if money won’t get us into heaven, what will?”
Calmly He replied, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Material possessions and our desire to acquire them tend to fix our hearts on the things of this world. When this happens, we lose sight of what is truly valuable: our relationship with God. He becomes unimportant.
For many, it is easier to pass the test of adversity than the test of prosperity. Prosperity places the focus on ourselves while adversity proves our need for God.
Prayer: Help us to realize, Lord, that without placing our trust in Your saving power and the redeeming love of God, we will never be with You in heaven! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The citizens of a small community were overwhelmed with discouragement. The drought had destroyed the crops of the farmers and they were facing bankruptcy. The merchants were unable to purchase inventory for their stores because their customers could not pay their bills. Unfortunately things went downhill from there.
Everyone was heartbroken and depressed except one elderly man of God. He invited the leaders of the community to his home for a meeting to see if he could encourage them to continue a little longer.
His friends came to his home and sat around his kitchen table. Standing before them he hung a large piece of white paper on a wall and asked them to turn and look at it. As they did, he placed a black dot in the center. He then asked, “Gentlemen, what do you see?”
In unison they said, “A black dot.” Not one of them mentioned the white paper that surrounded the one small black dot.
“Gentlemen,” he asked, “are there some blessings in your life that we can place around the black dot that might make it not so obvious?” One by one they thought of some of the good things that they had been overlooking in their time of loss and grief.
God’s goodness sometimes disappears from our horizon. When days are difficult and nights are long, it is easy to see the dot and not the One who can remove it.
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to be aware of all that we have because of Your grace. Give us faith to proceed through difficulties of life through Your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Ade Mae and Harry Day were cattle ranchers in Arizona. When it was time for their first child to be born, they had to travel over 200 miles to locate a doctor to assure a safe delivery for their child.

Immediately after her birth they brought Sandra to their humble home: an adobe house on the ranch. There was no electricity and no running water and there was no school within a reasonable driving distance. So, when Sandra turned four years old her mother began teaching her the “basics” at home.

Eventually it was necessary for Sandra to move to El Paso, Texas to begin her formal education in a public school. She lived with her grandmother during these critical, formative years and when she was old enough, attended a boarding school for girls.

After graduating from high school she went to Stanford University in California where she excelled as a student. After she completed her college education, she attended the law school at Stanford and served on the editorial staff of the school’s Law Review.

She was the first woman to serve as the majority leader in the Arizona Senate and was the first woman Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Her husband suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for over twenty years and she now works to end that disease.

Jesus said, “With God all things are possible.” Faith can turn our trials into triumphs if we follow Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we be willing to look beyond what is to what can be. Let us not be discouraged by the hardships in life knowing that You are there to lead and guide us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Two men met for prayer early one morning. After reading a passage of Scripture they knelt in prayer. Said the first, “Lord, it’s hard for me to pray. You know that I am at the end of all my resources. I have nothing left.”

Upon hearing his brokenness, his prayer partner put his arm around his shoulder and shouted, “How wonderful! Now you are at the beginning of God’s resources.”

Mark’s Gospel has an interesting story about a ruler and his resources. It reminds us of the importance and necessity of eternal values rather than earthly riches.

Jesus, in speaking of the emphasis we place on money said, “People with wealth will have a difficult time in getting into heaven.” In astonishment his disciples asked, “Well, if money won’t get us into heaven, what will?”

Calmly He replied, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

Material possessions and our desire to acquire them tend to fix our hearts on the things of this world. When this happens, we lose sight of what is truly valuable: our relationship with God. He becomes unimportant.

For many, it is easier to pass the test of adversity than the test of prosperity. Prosperity places the focus on ourselves while adversity proves our need for God.

Prayer: Help us to realize, Lord, that without placing our trust in Your saving power and the redeeming love of God, we will never be with You in heaven! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The citizens of a small community were overwhelmed with discouragement. The drought had destroyed the crops of the farmers and they were facing bankruptcy. The merchants were unable to purchase inventory for their stores because their customers could not pay their bills. And things went downhill from there.

Everyone was heartbroken and depressed except one elderly man of God. He invited the leaders of the community to his home for a meeting to see if he could encourage them to continue a little longer.

His friends came to his home and sat around his kitchen table. Standing before them he hung a large piece of white paper on a wall and asked them to turn and look at it. As they did, he placed a black dot in the center. He then asked, “Gentlemen, what do you see?”

In unison they said, “A black dot.” Not one of them mentioned the white paper that surrounded the one small black dot.

“Gentlemen,” he asked, “are there some blessings in your life that we can place around the black dot that might make it not so obvious?” One by one they thought of some of the good things that they had been overlooking in their time of loss and grief.

God’s goodness sometimes disappears from our horizon. When days are difficult and nights are long, it is easy to see the dot and not the One who can remove it.

Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to be aware of all that we have because of Your grace. Give us faith to proceed through difficulties of life through Your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Read Matthew 19:26

A speaker said, “I have some good news and some bad news. Here’s the good news: ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands.’”

“What’s the bad news?” asked a listener.

“When you hear, ‘Oops! I dropped it!’” he answered.

But our God, who has the whole world in His hands, is all-wise and all-powerful. He’ll never drop anything or anyone.

His power will never diminish and His pity will never decline. He never did, nor can He do any wrong. Greatness and goodness in their perfection meet in Him.

Trust Him. After all, He has promised to be your Savior, Satisfier, and Strength.

Prayer: Father, help us to trust in Thee, whose wisdom is infallible, whose strength is invincible, and whose love is illimitable. Guide us each day to believe in Thy power in our lives: through Christ. Amen.

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