Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 … Way Impossible!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 111

Devotional Song: … Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of group, Planetshakers, singing their uplifting song … Nothing Is Impossible, declaring reality of God’s ability to give us strength in the face of the seemingly impossible. … And then ON TO THIS LINK where Fernando Ortega, beautifully sings, I Need Thee Every Hour with the lyrics to this old hymn, which give us the confidence afforded by a Lord we need every moment of every day.

Highlight Passage Joshua 6: 2 [NKJV] … 
2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 
… When the battle seems impossible, like Joshua, we turn it over to God.
  Highlight Context - Joshua 5:23 - 6: 27 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… God’s in the impossible business.

Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] ... 
5 Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 6 In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. 
… Solomon declared it. But do we believe it; and even more importantly, do we live it?

Reference Passage #2 - Matthew 19: 26 [NKJV] ... 
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 
… He is LORD; but do we believe Him?

Reference Passage #3 - 1st Corinthians 10: 13 [NKJV] ... 
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 
 … Paul’s exhortation about God’s strength being there when we need it desperately, … yes, even when life seems impossible.

Reference Passage #4 - 2nd Corinthians 12: 7-10 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK ... 
… Paul, depleted and in pain remembers the teaching of Jesus Whose grace is ALWAYS sufficient when we need it.

Reference Passage #5 - Philippians 4: 6-7 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… Impossible? … Anxious?! … Well, what then? … Yes, … we’re to pray with a thankful heart, trusting that God will hear us.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Marion Stroud, introduced his entry today with a personal story, illustrating that life can present some pretty impossible situations at times. And if so, what do we do?

 Well, author Stroud then used a very familiar Bible story to bring his message today … that there are situations in life that may seem - or even be - impossible by human standards. But if you’ve taken in the linked songs and the highlight/reference Scriptures above, we see what God’s word clearly says about such situations; and we see what Joshua did when he was presented with one of those “impossible” situations in the taking of the heavily-walled city of Jericho as God’s people entered the Promised Land.

 The question for this disciple of Christ is - “Do I really believe God’s willingness and ability to handle my tough situations, especially those seemingly impossible ones?” … Well, in two of the passages above (see Prov. 3: 5-6 & Phil. 4: 6-7), our God gives us His prescriptions for dealing with the anxiety of life’s tough circumstances. … And I’m dealing with my own conviction that I need to be more trusting and less anxious.

 How about you? Yes, … take in all of the above and see where you stand when it comes to facing life’s “impossible” circumstances.

My Prayer Today: Lord, help me in my unbelief, … especially when faced with life’s real crunchers. Oh, my Savior, how I need You every hour! Amen

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