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No Excuse - A Devotion

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Matthew 17:19-20 (NLT)
Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

What is your response when faced with the impossible? Is it true that “nothing” is impossible for God? Jesus told the disciples if you have faith the size of a tiny mustard seed you could tell a mountain to move and it would. The modern day disciples of the church of today should be asking the Lord the very same thing as Jesus’ did that day. “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” “Why aren’t people being healed?” “Why is the House of God broke and impoverished?” Where is the Power of Faith in the church today because it is not being manifested? People are coming in broken and leaving the same way. Hospitals are overflowing with those who are physically and emotionally sick. The poverty rate is on the rise. Why? Because rather than growing in faith, people have accepted an excuse. The impossible is the enemy’s lie to create a human excuse to give up. That’s right, impossible is an excuse to give up at least it is for most people. The impossible should be a personal challenge for every believer to prove that God is right! We cover behind a lack of commitment to God and without conviction of the Spirit because we do not know the One who we “serve”. Nothing would be impossible if we chose to exercise our freedom of faith and fulfillment in the Lord. However, it has become just another excuse of grace. Grace has never been and will never be an excuse to accept anything as not possible, unable to exist or happen. It does not label anything as unable to be done and it certainly doesn’t mean to not endure until it comes to pass. Grace is not an excuse to be powerless but a pardon to become powerful. Sin kept you from exercising your rights and responsibilities as a Child of the Living God, but His Grace allows you to fully assume the role of the righteous making all things immediately possible in your life.

Zechariah 8:6 (NLT)
“This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for me? says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”

Sitting in a Sunday school class a few years back while visiting a new church, the teacher asked if there were any prayer requests. Some of the members asked for prayer for sick love ones. At the conclusion, a woman offered to petition God and we all bowed our heads to pray. She said, “Lord, if it is Your Will to heal so-and-so please do…” I really cannot tell you what or who else she prayed for as everything within me wanted to stop her right there. It was with great restraint and a quick squeeze from my husband’s hand that I stopped bristling and endured the powerless prayer. It is not the woman’s fault. She just does not know that it is God’s Will that we are healed. It was part of what Jesus Christ did on the Cross. Yes, we should always pray for the Will of God. In fact, it is exactly how Jesus Christ prayed. (Mark 14:35-36) He acknowledged that everything is possible for God asking to be delivered from His Suffering, but then He prayed “yet I want Your Will to be done!” Jesus knew His Mission on the earth and the journey that was ahead. To know the Will of God, it is important to know the Word of God. It empowers our prayer life. God is asking us today to examine our heart and dissect our faith to determine what we have deemed impossible for Him? He wants to change our mind and empower us to believe for more! “The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24) It is time to stop using the impossible as an excuse and ask the Lord to help us overcome our unbelief.

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Do you believe that God exists? Do you believe that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him? These are the foundations of faith and it is impossible to please God with faith that believes not only in His Existence but His Power, too. The impossible remains so in the absence of faith. God is in everything. Everything exists through Him but we have made so many excuses that we no longer know the Will and Way of God because so many people have convoluted grace. (Romans 1:19-21) He can be seen in everything yet we refuse to worship the Lord or give Him thanks. We do not honor God in our life which represents faith that is believed. Then wonder why we are not empowered as Christian believers. We want God’s Power to manifest in our life. But do not want to give any of our life to experience it. Ignorance is keeping people in bondage because they do not know the Lord or His Ways. “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36) Everything comes from God so why don’t we seek Him out? Everything exists by His Power so why aren’t we striving to experience it? He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Why aren’t we putting any time in to getting to know the Lord, His Word, His Will and His Way? It is time to stop making excuses and accept the call to make all things possible in our life.

Matthew 19:23-27 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

Impossible is not about the situations and circumstances that we have any control over in our life. Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen and assurance of things that we cannot see. Faith is not limited to the here and now. Its primary objective in our life is salvation first and foremost. If you or I becoming a millionaire would cause us to fall away from the Lord, you can bet that He will not release those kinds of finances in our life. Faith is not for this world but to give us access to the Kingdom. Maybe we make salvation sound too easy… hear me out. We make altar calls but do not work as diligently to disciple those who come forward. They take newfound faith and apply humanly to their life rather than stepping into righteousness with God and seeking God’s Will first. Everything we want and desire more than we think or ask is waiting for us in the Presence of God rather than seeking the presents of God. Confident hope keeps us in a position of righteousness as we learn to transfer our expectation from the things of this world to the Lord and align our life with His Word, Will and Way. Why is the Word of God important? It existed before the beginning. (John 1:1-3) Jesus Christ came as the Word wrapped in flesh to demonstrate God’s Great Love for us found in His Word. We learn and grow in understanding by studying the Word. His Spirit tells us where to find God’s Secrets…in the Word. If you are not in the Word each and every day, then you are probably not properly positioned by faith and confident hope in righteousness because your life has fallen out of alignment with Jesus Christ who is THE WORD. Get the point…you must remain in the Word so that the Word is in you. If you can find it in the Word, it belongs to you. Nothing is impossible WITH God. (Luke 1:37) Some manuscripts of this same text read “for the Word of God never fails.” Peter told Jesus (the Word) that we have given up everything to follow you, what will we get? Maybe we should be looking for the same answer in the Word that is if we have given up anything to step into righteousness. You cannot live in this world and expect faith and power to operate in your life. It is in our position of righteousness that we begin to experience the various gifts that the Lord has for us spiritual and tangible. This can only be established by faith in Jesus Christ. We must align our life with God making all things possible. “So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” (Romans 4:16-17) Abraham was a religious man. But it was his righteousness that released God’s Promise in his life. We can do everything the Bible tells us to do, but without a thriving relationship with the Lord demonstrated by seeking Him day after day and doing what He tells us to do – impossible will be our lifelong excuse. But when we step into righteousness by faith and live what we believe, everything impossible is suddenly possible.

Hebrews 6:17-19 (NLT)
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

Do you believe that God never changes His Mind? This is crucial in the procurement of faith. We do not trust God at His Word because we cannot believe that knowing all about us that He still loves us but I assure He does now more than ever. God has given us His Promise and Oath which are unchangeable. It is impossible for God to lie. When we believe that anything is impossible, we have called Him a liar because His Word says that nothing is impossible for God. Those who have confidence in the Lord believe that all things are possible and live in such a way that indicates they believe this to be true. The fruit of the Spirit manifests even when faith grows weak and hope elusive based on faith in the fact that God does not lie or change His Mind. You will only realize that through a personal relationship with the Lord. As we grow in understanding and remain positioned in right standing with the Lord by faith, His Power will manifest in our life. But don’t be fooled, even after experiencing great miracles and mysteries of God, we still struggle to fully comprehend His Unfailing Love, Unending Goodness, Overflowing Grace and Reproducing Mercy each day. You are not alone we all fight to change the impossibilities of our life to probable possibilities. The only way to do it is by faith. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) Believing it. Doing it. There is power in unity. (Genesis 11:5-7) The Lord himself said that when the people are united with one voice nothing they do will be impossible for them. Imagine the possibilities if we live untied with God’s Purpose and Promise for our life. There is no such thing as impossible with God. It is only a human quality. With God all things are possible for those who believe remaining confident in the hope found in His Word and using it to keep us anchored in the realm of the impossible living as it will arrive at any time. This is found in the Presence of God where His Power is. You cannot make it happen by doing everything the Word says but by uniting with the Word (Jesus Christ) body, mind and spirit living for the fulfillment found only in Him! What seems impossible to you today? Find out what God has to say about. If you can find it in His Word and attach your faith to it, it will find its way into your life! No more excuses…nothing is impossible with God!

Philippians 3:8-12 (NLT)
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.

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