Today is the anniversary of an event that completely changed our nation - for the worse.
Today we see the same type of thing occurring.
Let me be clear.
Our political leadership at the national/federal level is corrupt - probably beyond restoration. All one has to do is watch the varied “news conferences”.
Lie upon lie.
Deceit upon deceit.
Obfuscation upon obfuscation.
Often it is simply amazing. One senator, when confronted with the words that he had spoken, denied saying them. When told that there was video evidence, he still denied.
In recent months and years the attempt at even a veneer of honesty has been laid by the side. The agenda is all that matters.
I am not speaking of matters of blue vs. red, liberal vs. conservative, Equus africanus asinus vs. Loxodonta africana, coastal vs. fly-over country.
These are simply matters of fact and the way that things work.
The Lord speaks of such in His Word.
He tells us of the evil of falsifying weights and measures.
23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord ; and a false balance is not good.
The principle for us to see is that we are not to use false measures, false numbers, false strategies and the like…
10 "You must have honest balances, an honest dry measure, and an honest liquid measure.
(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)
We do not see such in the “legislation” of the day.
What we do see…
7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.
4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
7 The Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
Many more passages speak of the evil of man in political and especially in religious leadership.
2 Peter 2:17-19
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
(Of course, you would do well to read these passages in their expanded context&hellip
I will not go into the details. I just encourage you to lay aside the politically correct phrases and what “we think we know” and look at the bare facts.
I encourage you to learn the truth historically, politically, constitutionally and the like.
What is the anniversary?
On December 23, 1913 Congress abdicated its constitutional role and gave over its power to a private consortium. The Federal Reserve Act was passed. Years in the making and design, it was finally passed “under the cloak of darkness” just before Christmas...many members of Congress missing. Sounds familiar.
When dealing with the ways and manner of men nothing has changed.
This one Act has led us to where we are today. Here are a few facts.
- The dollar of 1913 is now worth less than five cents.
- The “business cycle” of boom and bust are due to this Act.
- The recessions and depressions of the last century are due to this Act.
- Inflation is due to this Act.
- The ability to expand government upon the back of the people through debt is due to this Act.
- The ability to wage war is due to this Act (really? you say...yep&hellip
- There is much, much more.
This deception via “‘false balance” will eventually cost us this country, our lifestyle, our society.
It is good that our hope is not in man and his abilities.
Our hope is in the Most High God Whose Son took on the form of flesh and offered Himself for the sins of mankind.
Our hope is in the One Who humbled Himself to the point of death upon a cross.
Our hope is in the One who “stepped into” His creation and Who allowed His creation to kill him.
As the evil of man continues to increase...with a smile and a word of wonder for all he is doing that is good...let us trust in the Lord.
Yes! Speak the truth.
Yes! Fight the fight of truth.
Yes! Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord , and he shall save thee.
Let us have this attitude…note where our encouragement lies…note how we are to live.
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.
Rejoice in the Lord that has come to save us.
Rejoice in the Lord that is soon to return.
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In our last time together we saw that nothing is impossible for God.
Today, let’s look at the inverse/corollary…?
The angel told Mary in his pronouncement of the conception of Jesus that nothing was impossible with God.
Jesus Himself gives some interesting insight into this.
All of us are “rich”. You are reading this on some form of a computer...either you own one or have access to one.
We are truly “richer” then most folk who have every lived.
This particular encounter is covered in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. We do well to read all three accounts.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
You have probably heard this account before, yet, take a moment and think on a couple of things.
This man wanted to know how to secure eternal life. What a great inquiry!
The young man acknowledged that he had successfully kept the law from his youth.
No small feat!
Note that Jesus did not question him on his statement.
Jesus simply told him to do something.
Go and sell all that you have...if you want to be perfect…complete.
Give all you have to the poor.
Come and follow me.
The man went away sorrowful because he had great possessions.
Jesus was not telling him that he had to do something to “earn eternal life.”
The Lord was revealing to him that he had not kept the commandments.
The young man had committed the same sin as Paul - he coveted.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Jesus then stated how hard it is for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
If one were to read Matthew and Luke alone then it might appear that the Lord was saying something against “being rich.”
This is not true.
Many who are rich are saved.
What the Lord is revealing to the young man, and us, is that it is impossible to enter the kingdom of heaven by trusting in one’s own abilities and riches.
Note what is stated in the parallel account...
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
It is impossible to trust in the riches of man and enter into the Kingdom.
The disciples were amazed by the statement. Who then could be saved?
We see that salvation is impossible through the processes of man.
Salvation is only through that which God can do.
With men it is impossible, but not with God.
For, with God all things are possible.
It is the Lord who transforms the heart of the rich, the poor, the strong, the weak, the mighty, the low…
Regardless of your circumstance, with God all things are possible.
Trust in God.
Lean not on your own understanding.
Trust not in your abilities, your resources, your wisdom, your skills...lay them all before the Lord.
Please, do not trust in “what your church is doing.” So many are being deceived.
Then, watch what He will do...to the praise of the glory of His grace.
With God, nothing is impossible.
With God, all things are possible.
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This is a wonderful truth of the Lord, about the Lord.
The Lord tells us and shows us this Truth in two ways.
Here it is.
With God, nothing is impossible!
With God, all things are possible!
Both are revealed in the Word.
One in the “Christmas Story”.
We would do well to read all that the Lord has given us related to the first coming of the Jesus. It is a vast, detailed account of men, women, dreams, miracles, angels, prophecies (fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled), etc. Read the first chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Today we will quickly examine one vignette of the story...where we learn that with God, nothing is impossible.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Here is a young lady, Mary, likely around 14-15 years of a age.
Chosen of God.
The Jewish woman’s greatest desire was to be the mother of Messiah.
Yet, she was troubled by the statement.
She wondered what it meant.
She questioned how such could happen.
She had not known a man.
She did not doubt unto sin.
She simple wondered...you see Mary wondering and pondering in her heart on several occasions.
The angel explained.
With God nothing shall be impossible.
Mary would face some tough things…
- explaining to Joseph months later that she had not been unfaithful
- experiencing the ridicule of people...for decades...they even accused Jesus of been the “so-called son of Joseph”
- watching her son killed
Yet, her response to the impossible should be ours.
All of us encounter things and have situations which are impossible.
Perhaps there is a relationship in your life that is impossible.
Perhaps your job situation is impossible.
Perhaps your “church” is impossible.
Perhaps your battle with sin is impossible.
Perhaps your attempt to walk in holiness and righteousness is impossible.
Perhaps your children are not living as they should...nothing is impossible.
Perhaps your parents are not living as they should...nothing is impossible.
Perhaps you have prayed for years about something...nothing is impossible.
Remember with God, nothing is impossible.
Let us do as Mary did.
She simply looked at the angel and said, “be it unto me according to your word.”
She humbled herself before the Lord.
She trusted the Lord.
She simply said yes.
Let us do so with all things.
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