Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Nothing is Impossible with God

In studying for upcoming sermons on the birth of Christ, I came across a quote by John Calvin, cited by John Nunes in an article in Modern Reformation (Nov/Dec '06, p.36) based on Luke 1:37, in which Mary states, "For nothing will be impossible with God."
Let us remember that we are all in the same condition...Our circumstances are all in opposition to the promises of God. He promises us eternal life, yet we are surrounded by death; He declares that He considers us justified, yet we are still covered with sins. He testifies that He is forgiving and good towards us; yet outwardly all we see is His anger. What then are we to do? We must close our eyes, and disregard ourselves so that nothing may prevent us from believing that God is true.
Isn't this another way to describe gospel-centered living? We close our eyes to ourselves, our circumstances, our feelings and our performance, and instead look to and believe in the promises of God fulfilled in our Savior's life, death and resurrection. God, help me disregard myself and believe that you and your glorious gospel are true for me!

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