“Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.’” (Luke 18:27NIV)

… There is many a man who has learned the lesson, it is impossible with men, and then he gives up in helpless despair.  He lives a wretched Christian life, without joy or strength or victory.  And why?  Because he does not humble himself to learn that other lesson:  With God all things are possible.

Your Christian life is to be a continuous proof that God works impossibilities.  Your Christian life is to be a series of impossibilities made possible and actual by God’s almighty power.  That is what the Christian needs.  He has an almighty God that he worships, and he must learn to understand that he does not need a little of God’s power.  But, he needs—with reverence be it said—the whole of God’s omnipotence to keep him right, and to live like a Christian.

The whole of Christianity is a work of God’s omnipotence.  Look at the birth of Christ Jesus.  That was a miracle of divine power, and it was said to Mary:  “With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).  It was the omnipotence of God.  Look at Christ’s resurrection.  We are taught that it was according to the exceeding greatness of His mighty power that God raised Christ from the dead.

Every tree must grow on the root from which it springs.  An oak tree three hundred years old grows all the time on the one root from which it had its beginning.  Christianity had its beginning in the omnipotence of God.  In every soul, Christianity must have its continuance in that omnipotence.  All the possibilities of the higher Christian life have their origin in a new understanding of Christ’s power to work all God’s will in us.

I want to call on you now to come and worship an almighty God.  Have you learned to do it?  Have you learned to deal so closely with an almighty God that you know omnipotence is working in you?  In outward appearance there is often little sign of it.  The apostle Paul said:  “I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and… my preaching was… in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:3,4).  From the human side there was feebleness; from the divine side there was divine omnipotence.  And that is true of every godly life.  If we would only learn that lesson better, and give a wholehearted, undivided surrender to it, we would learn what blessedness there is in dwelling every hour and every moment with an almighty God.

-Andrew Murray (excerpted from Absolute Surrender)

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