Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Possibilities
‘Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”’ ~ Mark 10:27 (ESV)

Have you ever looked at a situation or circumstance you've faced and thought, "This is impossible! I'll never be able to..." I've done that several times. What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Do you find some of them difficult, if not impossible?
The Greek word for impossible is adynatos, which means:

1) without strength, impotent, powerless, weakly, disabled
2) unable to be done, impossible

I wonder how many of our dreams we render powerless and disable by this thinking. When we despair over the things we see as unable to be done we need to turn them over to God in prayer. We can be sure that if our dreams are His will, they will certainly be possible and will most definitely come to pass. As we saw in the verse above, Jesus Himself declared, "For all things are possible with God."

The Greek word for possible is dynatos, which means:

1) able, powerful, mighty, strong
a) mighty in wealth and influence
b) strong in soul
1) to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience
2) strong in Christian virtue
2) to be able (to do something)
a) mighty, excelling in something
b) having power for something

Possible is a word infused with faith and hope, assurance and trust. In times of crisis, we can trust that God will step in where we are weak and be our strength. He loves us so much and wants to do the possible for us.

I've seen time and again in my life how He has shown Himself able, powerful, mighty and strong, how He has born calimities and trials in my life with such astounding patience, and how His power and strength have worked in me to cause me to believe in His ability and strength when all else was bleak.

This week I am thankful that God has shown that He is able to do the impossible. I rejoice that He is not a weak or powerless God but that He has shown Himself to be more than able and ready to do the possible things He desires in my life.

I look back at how far I've come through so many seemingly impossible things (infertility, miscarriage, divorce, illnesses not only for myself but also for family and friends) and praise Him that I have grown stronger in my faith and in my walk with Him. Each time He has strengthened me in faith by revealing Himself to me as a God of the possible. When He reveals Himself to us in this way, we should always be quick to give thanks. I've been able to leave alot of the old behind, and what I haven't, I have certainly gained new perspective on. He truly is a God who makes all things possible!

Are you struggling with something seemingly impossible right now? Many times we try to make things possible ourselves, but we must remember the promise from Jesus in the verse above. Take heart that with God all things are possible!

P - Pray about your desires. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." ~ Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

O - Openly praise Him for His blessings. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." ~ Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)

S - Simply delight in God. "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." ~ Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

S - Strengthen yourself in your walk with God. "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." ~ Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

I - Imitate the faith of those who have gone before you. "Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." ~ Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)

B - Believe that you can do all things through Christ and not of yourself. "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." ~ Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

L - Leave worry behind. "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" ~ Matthew 6:26-28 (NIV)

E - Exalt God and remain humble. "Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel." ~ Isaiah 29:19 (NIV)

Iris has chosen a great theme this week! She has alot to be thankful for regarding the possibilities God has opened up for her this week. I'm so glad she hosts Thankful Thursday each week. Be sure to visit her by clicking on the button below and link up, leaving a Thankful Thursday post of your own.


Grammy said...

Hi Laurie Ann.
I enjoyed your post. My motto this year is believe and you will achieve. I am thankful to be able to read your post. Happy tt.

Esthermay said...

Wonderful Post, Laurie Ann! I especially appreciate that Ps. 37:4 in mentioned. DELIGHTING in the LORD will (WILL!)give us the desires of our hearts!!!!
How often do we find ourselves doing this? ...Delighting in HIM? If we're honest, we delight in many things outside of HIM! Physical things that are so unimportant. We are pathetic sometimes. (OK I speak for myself here)
Your Thankful Thursday inspires me this a.m.

LAURIE said...

Great post this morning Laurie Ann. Reminds me of what the Bible says, "What is IMPossibe with man is POSSIBLE with God!" Have a happy TT! -love, Laurie

Debra said...

Laurie Ann,

Honestly, I can see so many things in my life that were impossible!! I am so thankful for a God that made them possible. I am humbled by His mercy and His patience and His grace and His infinite love.

I'm counting on it too for those areas that still look impossible through my eyes!

Blessings to you, today, my friend.

Melanie said...

Thank goodness God handles the seemingly impossible! I love this post, Laurie Ann. Certainly many words that I needed to read this morning.

Happy Thankful Thursday, my friend!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

It is in our weakness that He is strong! That is when the possibilities really soar! Beautiful post and Happy TT!

He And Me + 3 said...

I love that ALL things...not just the ones we think are possible, but ALL things are possible with God. Great scripture and post!

Shannon said...

Love, love your TT post! I am in awe of your use of scripture - its very comforting and hopeful. Thank you also for visiting my blog too!!

Lynn said...

Hi Laurie Ann,

Just a wonderful and vulnerable post. It truly touched me. Thank you for sharing your life with me. I always love to stop here and be a part of your day.

Thank you again for such encouragement. Hugs.

Daniel's Mom said...

Oh the times I've thought that is impossible! But God came through. There was a preacher we used to know and his famous line was, But God. Thank you for your encouragement Laurie Ann

Carla said...

Such wisdom! Happy Thankful Thursday to you too!

Sweet Blessings said...

Did you make up that acronym? I love it! I've noticed before that you've listed the Greek meanings of words-which book do you find works the best for your studies? I agree whole heartedly with your post-thank you for sharing! Thank you for visiting my blog today:) Yes, a lot is on my plate, but I look at is mostly as "options":) Blessings to you! Amanda:)

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Thank you for your kind words. I loved your post. Happy TT to you!

Michele Williams said...

Once again you have blessed me! Thank you so much!

Shannon said...

Oh my gosh! Your postings are so eloquent and full of praise. I feel ashamed to have you read my simple slap-dash ramblings!

Sometimes it seems like it takes a cast iron frying pan to slam you in the head to make you see things straight—and that is what your post was for me today. I now realize where God was walking with me all along. Thank you.

Happy Thursday!

Melinda said...

I totally believe we can sabotage our own desires and dreams with a negative attitude! The Bible tell us that God wants to strengthen and bless us, that He wants us to have the desires of our hearts. We need only to be patient, wait on Him, and keep our positive energy flowing to achieve our goals. But it is so easy to get frustrated with our circumstances and forget about that. I do it all the time.

Alicia said...

Hi Laurie Ann! I love the scriptures you shared. It's so good to know that we never had to do anything alone, and with Him, everything IS possible!!

bp said...

Thank you for this wonderful TT post, Laurie Ann. I'm thankful we serve a mighty God too!

Bonnie said...

I always love reading your posts. You dig into scripture, sharing the Greek/Hebrew words and meanings. I really appreciate your perspective and what you have to say. Thank you for your post and thank you, too, for your comment on my blog! blessings.

Kristi said...

This is a delightfully, encouraging post!!! Your love for the Lord is so evident. We give Him the impossible and He gives us the possible. What a trade that is!

MyJourneyBack said...

Wonderful as always.

Toknowhim said...

Thanks for visiting again today... May you be blessed this week as you seek God out :)

godsown said...

So much in your post! I copy your letters and will print it somewhere to remember
Thxs to post on my blog.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Laurie, thanks for your comment on the hair today. I post about fluff, you comment, then I come here to reply, and there's this really good serious post that is not fluff written by you and I think, "Why did I come here?!"

Beverly said...

This post was very uplifting and encouraging. I have also seen times in my life where God has done the impossible. This is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing all the scripture verses. I needed the reminder that I can do all things through Christ & not in myself. Philippians 4:13 Is my life verse.

Jill said...

Laurie Ann - once again another beautiful truth filled post that helps keep me grounded in His love!

Not my will or might - but by the power of His spirit! All things are possible with God.

Love and blessings,

Denise said...

You are so wise, and very dear to me.

saleslady371 said...

Thank you for writing this post, Laurie Ann. It is so important to leave the old behind and trust God as He leads us forward.

BoufMom9 said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post! You put so much thought, faith and emotion into this. thank you!
What lovely scriptures you have shared.
Thank you!

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

*Nod* You know me and what I have to say...Lol; *Hugs* This was a much needed post that I needed to read! God bless you!

Nancie said...

Thanks for sharing this encouraging post with us, Laurie Ann. Romans 8:28 is so comforting. May God continue to bless you in many wonderful ways!

micey said...

great post!

mama meji said...

Great post for TT. I'm so into Psalm 37:4. Though I'm not worthy, I always claim this promise in my prayers.