All Things Are Possible With God: Mark 10:26-27

26They were even more astonished and said to one another, “Who then can be saved?
27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Mark 10:26-27 (NIV)

In Mark 10:17, a man runs up to Jesus. “Good teacher,” he asks, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus tells him to keep the commandments, and the man replies I have kept them since youth. Then:


21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” He said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

Mark 10:21-23

The disciples were astonished, saying. Who then can be saved?


27 Jesus looked at them (the disciples) and said, “With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

The inner weakness of the rich man was his wealth; his desire for comfort and prosperity kept him from following Jesus. The man put his trust and priority in his status quo rather than in God.

We cannot save ourselves, but God can. God can change a rich person’s heart. He can change anyone’s heart. He reached out to Zacchaeus, the tax collector, and changed his life focus and his heart. Wealth, pride, and self-importance make it difficult for people to rely on God, but when we trust in God and sincerely love, Him; all things are possible with God through His saving grace.


26 Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”

Matthew 19:26 (MSG)

All things are possible with God. His saving grace is available to all who seek it. Is your heart delight riches, or self-satisfaction, or God?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, help us to find our treasure in You. Teach us to seek You always instead of worldly goods. Lord, help us to trust and rely on you rather than ourselves. Open our hearts and eyes to see that all things are possible with God. Like the calibrachoa flowers are gathered together facing upward, help us gather together and lift our face upward reflecting Your; amazing, love. In Jesus holy name. Amen

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The Lord Reigns: Psalm 93:1

The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.

Psalm 93:1 (NIV)

The LORD reigns over everything. His throne is eternal, established at the beginning of time. He is powerful, clothed in strength and honor. He is robed in majesty, not just clothed but empowered with majesty, splendor, honor, and glory. And He shall reign forever and ever. The world He created, He established, and He rules. The world is under His established dominion, solid, secure, and immovable. The Lord reigns; our Eternal King, our Triune God, reigns, in supreme serenity, forgiving, caring, and loving. Our Lord is omniscient, has knowledge of everything, and His people must abide by His Word, follow His path, and not worry, knowing He is in control.

Are you putting your faith and hope in Our majestic Lord, who has reigned, does reign, and will reign forever, allowing Him to guide and direct you?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we worship you and praise you. We are in awe of your majesty, and strength, and wisdom. Lord, you reign, with power and majesty. We know you are Lord God Almighty; we turn our worries and fears over to you, knowing You are in control. Like the three glowing, bright, and beautiful lilies shine in the light, the majesty, strength, and honor of our three in one God; shine truth and light on us. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

 He Shall Reign (Live) – Hillsong Worship

Lyrics:

Holy holy holy
Our God is on the throne
So firm is His foundation
No power can overthrow

And He shall reign
Forever and ever

One name outlasts the ages
Through time His truth revealed
While kings may pass like shadows
Our God is sovereign still

And He shall reign
Forever and ever…

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Faithful Love: Psalm 147:10-11


10 He doesn’t take pleasure in the strength of horses.
    He doesn’t take delight in the strong legs of warriors.
11 The Lord takes delight in those who have respect for him.
    They put their hope in his faithful love.

Psalm 147: 10-11 (NIRV)

The Lord takes pleasure in strength and perseverance in faith; rather than in strength in physical ability. He delights in worship, prayer, and obedience rather than the strength of warriors.
Many versions of verse 11 state, “The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” The Lord delights in those who fear Him or, perhaps better stated as those in awe of Him who acknowledge, His power, justice, and wisdom. Who respect Him, follow His Word, place hope in Him, accepting His promise of faithful, unfailing love. God is good; His steadfast love endures forever.

Where do you find hope and strength during stressful times? Is your hope found in God’s faithful love?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your faithful love and abundant mercy. Teach us to listen for Your direction, respect Your laws, follow Your ways, and spread Your love. Help us to grow in faith and to put our hope in You. Like delightful oriental lilies brighten our days, let us delight in Your Word and brighten the world with Your light. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Lord, Your love: Psalm 36:5-7

5 Lord, your love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithful love reaches up to the skies.
6 Your holiness is as great as the height of the highest mountains.
You are as honest as the oceans are deep.
Lord, you keep people and animals safe.
7 How priceless your faithful love is!
People find safety in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 36:5-7 (NIRV)

Psalm 36 verses 1-4 David is concerned about wicked people; who are evil, rebellious, embrace sin, and have no fear of God. In contrast in verses, 5-7 David, describes the Lord, His love is vast as the heavens, His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds, His righteousness is mighty like the mountains and, His justice deep like the ocean. The Lord is compassionate; He cares for all His people and all the creatures of the earth. In Luke 12:6: Jesus says, What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. He cares for all His creation; all humanity finds shelter in the shadow of God’s wings. Lord, we worship and praise You; Your Love is as high as the heavens. Your faithful love reaches up to the skies. You are all-powerful and almighty.

Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 36:5-7 (NLT)

Lord, Your love is as high as the heavens, and Your faithful love reaches the sky. The wicked may have temporary success, but our almighty God will shelter the godly in the shadow of His wings and reward the righteous.

Have you found love, hope, and shelter in the shadow of God’s wings?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, You are our hope, our strength, and our salvation. Lord, teach us to cling to Your promises, bask in Your love, and know You are in control. Help us to open our hearts, transmit Your light, and share Your love with others. Like the Gomphrena fireworks, bright flower petals radiate in all directions; let us brighten the world by radiating Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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My God will hear me: Micah 7:7

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

Micah 7:7 (NIV)

Micah was upset and saddened by the ungodly activities and sinful ways of the people and rulers Israel and Judea. We all have a choice to follow worldly pursuits or to move forward and trust in God. To move forward in faith, embrace truth, and let go of sinful ways. The remedy for a sinful world is to turn to God for help. For our God of mercy, power, and truth, our Savior; can and will help. As Micah says, my God will hear me. He will listen; He will receive my prayers.

Micah’s lament is as timely now as it was around 700BC. Our hope and future is God; we need to move forward in hope, faith, and prayer; God will hear us. Do you watch in hope for the Lord?

Our loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for your patience, forgiveness, and being open to our prayers hearing us. Guide us on Your path of righteousness. Teach us to embrace Your truth and direction. We wait in faith and watch in hope for You, Lord. Like the obedient plants, purple blossoms glow with sunlight, let us glow with Your light, and open our hearts to Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Future: Psalm 37:5

3Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity!

4Then you will take delight in the Lord, and he will answer your prayers.

5Commit your future to the LORD! Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.

Psalm 37:3-5 (NET)

Psalm 37; considered a wisdom psalm, sharing practical advice about how to live. It was written by David, in his older years. He advises us to trust in the Lord, take delight in the Lord, and commit our future to the Lord. To commit our future is an act of will, an act of faith; it is to believe in the Lord and follow His way, and to make His way our way. Letting God guide our steps, commit our future, letting go of trusting our abilities, and being patient; rest, trust, and lay our worries and burdens on Him.

Have you committed your future to the Lord?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your love and care for us. Let us grow in faith, open our hearts, trust in You, and commit our future to you. Lord, teach us to go to you in prayer, with our worries and concerns, and to put our trust in You. Like the camellia buds open to beautiful flowers every year, let us open our hearts and trust in You always. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Pathway: Psalm 32:8

8 I will guide you and teach you the way you should go.
I will give you good advice and watch over you with love.

Psalm 32:8 (NIVR)

The Lord guides us and teaches us He wants to lead us along the best pathway for our life. He instructs us directs our way through life. We receive His counsel through praying, reading His Word, and following His truths. When we accept God’s counsel and follow His good advice, He helps us achieve the life He desires for us. For, God has plans for us, plans to prosper us and give us hope and a future.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Is your pathway through life self-centered or God-centered?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for guiding us and watching over us with love. Teach us to seek Your way through scripture and prayer. Guide our steps and lead us along the best pathway for our life. Lord be our compass, as we travel, let us not get lost or stray from Your path. Like the open, reaching upward, white flowers of the crocus, let us be open to Your path and reaching upward for Your guidance. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen


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Endurance and Encouragement: Romans 15:5

Romans 15:5

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,

Romans 15:5 (NIV)

God is a source of endurance and encouragement. He will help us to keep going, following His path for us. God is patient and forgiving. He lifts us with encouragement and with endurance to keep moving forward. Paul is encouraging the church in Rome to get along; live in harmony. To act like Jesus did, glorifying God, showing patience, and compassion to others. With God’s endurance and encouragement, we can work together, with unity.

Do you look to God for endurance and encouragement? Are you patient, compassionate, and forgiving to others like Jesus?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for encouraging us, forgiving us, and giving us the endurance to move forward. Teach us to be patient, forgiving, and compassionate like Jesus was. Encourage us to be tolerant and work together in unity. Like the white rhododendron petals are gathered together around the flower center, let us gather together in love, centered on Jesus. Amen

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God of Hope: Romans 15:13


I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 (NLT)

This is a short prayer by Paul for the Christians in Rome. The verse also is used as a benediction. It is a reminder that God is the source of all blessings. God is the source of our hope and true spiritual happiness. This overflowing powerful hope; derived from the supernatural power; of the Holy Spirit inside us, calming us and alleviating our fears. When we open our hearts and walk in faith with our God of Hope, we can have confident hope, spiritual peace, and inward joy.

Is your trust in the God of Hope? Who will you bless with Paul’s prayer?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, God of Hope, helps us to grow in faith. Thanks for your blessings, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Open our hearts, teach us to trust, and guide us in Your truth. Lord, we thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, for help and guidance. Like the rhododendron, buds hold the promise of flowers; faith in You brings promises of hope, joy, and peace. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Peace and Assurance: Isaiah 32:17

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17 The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

Isaiah 32:17 (NKJV)

Righteousness is the character of God, shown in the perfect holiness of Jesus. To be righteous is to live in a way that is acceptable to God, the following of His Word, and acceptance of His path. It is a heart transformation, a trust in heavenly things rather than worldly things. When we trust and accept God’s way, we achieve inner peace and quiet confident assurance in His promise of life everlasting.


17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
And the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.

Isaiah 32:17 (AMP)

When you need peace do you reach out in prayer; do you rest in God in quiet assurance?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, help us to grow in righteousness and become more like Christ. Lord teach us to be open-hearted, to love one another as You have loved us. Help us to grow in faith, compassion, and peace. Let us learn to rest in Your quiet with peace and confident trust forever. Like the lovely open peony, let us open our hearts and spread your Word with love. In Jesus’ holy and loving name Amen.

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