Morning Reflection: CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES WITH GOD -
Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.
CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES
"Often God shuts a door in our face so that he can open the door through which he wants us to go."
For with God nothing will be impossible.”
The conceptions of both Mary and Elizabeth were miraculous conceptions done through the power of the Holy Spirit proving all things are indeed possible with God.
A reading from the "Overcoming Tough Times devotional see my video for the reading.
“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
Isaiah at times had similarities to those of the prophet Jeremiah. This is one of my favorite verses from Isaiah, and here is a verse from Jeremiah 6:16-17: Thus says the Lord:
“Stand in the ways and see,And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,And walk in it;Then you will find rest for your souls.But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’17 Also, I set watchmen over you, saying,‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
Saint Athanasius also connects Jeremiah 6:16 with John 14:6, I can also see connecting Isaiah 43:18-19 saying the same thing. In John 14:6, Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes through the Father except through Me." The endless possibilities from God is mentioned in these verses it's a life of faith and endurance it's not a sprint but a marathon.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Keep doing good no matter how hard it gets. I know some people can be not at all grateful but that's okay we are to pray for them a d help them best way we can. Let God workout the kinks my brothers and sisters in Christ, keep doing good and always shun pure evil.
Profiting from Trials
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [b]perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Trials are the world's oppression and are sometimes allowed by God's permission. Sometimes it's not the trials and tribulations that are the issues, usually it's our reaction to theses trials that isn't always normal and could cause further problems in relationships. When our trials our properly received, it shows where our hearts are at. This is all food for Faith which which is to grow or die. A godly reaction to trials is with joy and perseverance and patience.
"Though unkind circumstances are from the evil one, to get angry at the circumstances, is to get angry at God Who permits them." (Orthodox Study Bible commentary)
The prophet JOB is a good example
Additional readings - ( 1Thessalonians 4:13-18- Who will participate in the 2nd Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Luke 21:8-9- Signs of the end, Luke 21:25-27 - Cosmic signs, Luke 21:33-36 - Be watchful always and pray unceasingly) ...
"God specializes in taking tragedy and turning it into triumph. The greater tragedy, the greater the potential for triumph."
Questions to Consider from the devotional
Do I place my hopes in God? Yes, for He has redeemed me and I'm His.
Do I prayerfully seek to understand God's plans for my life? Yes, I'm always seeking this in prayer it's something we should all do and do more often. Sometimes when I'm struggling to understand I simply ask Him to help me find understanding, His timing is perfect, God doesn't reveal all things at once, but in due time when the timing is right for Him to reveal to us.
Do I place limitations on myself, and do I place limitations on God's power to use me for His purposes? If there is any limitations they are on my end and not all God's end. God is all powerful and nothing is impossible with Him. I have learned not question His calling and the messages He wants me to rely to you all. Like I said in my own weakness in being human I place limitations on myself because sometimes our faith is weak, in that weakness I keep pushing myself on the path heading to eternal life. God makes us everything we are not, where I'm weak, He gives me strength.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbe