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DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE

Mark 10:13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." 16And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. 17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. 19You know the commandments: `Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'"
20"Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." 21Jesus 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." 22At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" 24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it isE to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "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."

Look at what Jesus did here. He took children into His arms. If you will let Him, He will wrap His arms around you just like He wrapped His arms around these children.

Jesus looked at the rich man and loved him. However, did the rich man look back? Did he really see Jesus? Was the rich man only interested in getting extra life? Maybe the rich man wanted to buy it. The rich man was not scum of the earth. He was not only rich, he was also righteous. The rich man wanted to do right, be right, to live a right kind of life.

He also wanted to keep what he had and be more. However, Jesus wanted the rich man to give up the rich man’s wealth but the rich man could not do it. The rich man could not give up all he owned because he did not look into Jesus' eyes, but if he had looked into Jesus' eyes....there would have been a new ending to this encounter...the new ending would have been that the rich man would have given away all he had and he then would have followed Jesus.

Jesus wanted the rich man to give up all he owned. What you and the rest of us must realize is that we cannot give up on our own. Giving up to god, giving up all we own and all we are requires help. We need the help of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit to help us see Jesus’ eyes because seeing Jesus' eyes makes everything in the world unimportant.

Sacrifice is an unnatural act for carnal man, but sacrifice is natural with Jesus' love in our hearts. Sacrifice is unnatural if there is no love. When we look into Jesus' eyes, suddenly the impossible becomes possible. The impossible becomes automatic, like a reflex, when you see those eyes.

The essence of our faith is giving, not taking. Giving away for no reason other than to bless God is natural when we have the love of Christ within you. If you are self-reliant and like to control things, it is hard to give away from your heart, unless you have seen Jesus’ eyes. But if you have not seen Him or you have not look fully into His eyes, keeping what you have and not giving away is instinctive, involuntary, and uncontrolled.

However, when you see those eyes…
You get the Christmas spirit.
You get the giving spirit.
You get the Holy Spirit.

Without the love of Christ or the influence of those eyes you cannot forgive on your own. Grudges remain without the melting influence of Jesus' love. When you see Jesus eyes, all the grudges and bad feelings disappear. When you see Jesus eyes and feel the love He has for you, He starts to control your life and you begin to forgive...automatically.

You cannot witness on your own. You cannot really tell someone about the power and love of Christ on you own. Oh, you can speak the words. Perhaps you can speak the words in a powerful way. However, to speak the words about those eyes and about the love that fills the emptiness within your heart and soul requires help. When you see Jesus' eyes, you have to tell others about Him. You cannot help it. It happens, it is automatic. It is instinctive, involuntary, uncontrolled, unthinking, and an unconscious reflex. Mind you, we are not saying you start talking about Jesus, but when you are transformed by Him...you are a new person and the new you are is transmitted to the world around you.

How the impossible becomes possible…without Christ' love inside of you, it is impossible to love, care for, and totally accept others on your own. You can try to totally accept others on your own. You can go through the actions and go through the motions of acceptance. You can make a show of acceptance. You can do an act to convince others of your acceptance, but the real and true you, cannot totally accept others, especially those who you do not like or agree with. If you will look at His eyes and see how much He loves you, and receive that love from Him, then that love flows back out from you. That love flows back out to others automatically and you will hear people say things about you like..."my, how she or he have changed!"

Without Christ, you cannot submit all you have and are on your own. It is impossible to take what you are and put it aside. You cannot take what you are and put it aside because there is no place to put it (meaning your heart, mind, and soul). To do the impossible, to undergo an impossible personal change or transformation, you have to be immersed in Jesus' love. In addition, to be immersed, you have to look back at His eyes to see the love He is.

Resolving not to be like someone else or resolving not to repeat past mistakes is not enough. You cannot resolve to not live a certain way and undergo a transformation of your heart and soul. Even living right and obeying all the commandments is not enough. You cannot resolve to always do the right thing because inner resolve alone will not enable you to resist Satan’s attacks upon you. To do the impossible, or to experience the impossible transformation, you have to give away everything you have. You have to give all of yourself and all you own to Christ. As difficult as this is, as impossible as it is in our human self, when you look into Jesus' eyes, you cannot help but give everything away. You cannot control surrendering up all you have and all you are. The impossible becomes reality.

Jesus has the same love for you today that He had for the rich man.
Jesus has the same love for you today that He had for the children.

You cannot control your life on your own. You need help. When you see Jesus’ eyes, His love overtakes you, He starts working on you and in you, and His love starts changing you. The impossible situations that were impossible to control become possible. His love makes everything not only possible but also doable.

You cannot heal other people on your own. You also cannot repair the broken parts of your own life on your own. We are not saying you are helpless and hopeless on your own, but there are just some things that are impossible for us as humans. With the love of Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, all things become possible

The automatic nature of God working in you will begin to take over when you give up all you own to Christ. What is unnatural and impossible becomes…
Automatic
Habitual
Instinctive
Involuntary
Uncontrolled
Unthinking
Unconscious
And a reflex

Are you going to walk away sad like the rich man?
Are you going to not decide?
Are you going to refuse His love?

Let us see things the way they are in real life, in real time, in real ways. This is the way it is...someone loves you and cares about you. Someone loves all the other people of earth and cares about them in the same way you are loved and cared about. This person of so much love is Jesus.

However, people do not want to look at Him. No kidding, they do not want to look at Him. They do not want to see Him because they know He loves them. They know He can see them. They hear His voice, however, they cannot look at Him and they close their ears to Him because they know what will happen to them. They do not want to look at Him because they know they will be transformed an never be the same again. They know they will be totally different and they would rather stay who they are than to be completely transformed.

Decide today. Ask Him into your heart and POOF!!! All things and people will change because you have changed. Decide to look into Jesus' eyes. Decide to never take your eyes off Jesus. When you do that, nothing else in the world will ever look the same. People in the world will never look the same. Places will never look the same. Nothing in the world will ever be perceived to be the same. When you look into His face, everything and everyone will seem to be reaching out to you, and you will automatically reach out to them.

A teenage girl was lonely and she had no friends. No one cared about her. She was not attractive and not popular. No one called her on the telephone and no one ever asked her out. In an experiment, she decided she would care about others for one year instead of caring about herself. She found out when she cared about others they cared about her. Instead of being the least popular person, she became the most popular. When she moved away, all the people she knew cared about her so much they gave her a going away party.

When you are confronted by your own impossible situations just look into His eyes and receive His love...and the impossible becomes possible.

 

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