• Jill Jarrell Newsome

God Can Do Anything

I found a survey, online, that found more than 90% of regular churchgoers in the United States said their churches had closed their doors to combat the spread of the coronavirus, with the vast majority saying that worship services had moved entirely online. I could get down about this but I know God can do anything. A global pandemic will not stop Him! I believe it has actually caused my church to do a better job of connecting to our members. One pastor picks up the phone and checks on some of our members, seeing what they need. Some of these connections are probably stronger than before. We have had drive through suppers! We have had to focus on both gathering and connecting while keeping the main thing, the main thing as my pastor says. And that is why we are growing! I was writing about the ways God has shown off (my wording - not to be disrespectful but to show you He can come up with anything better than I can imagine!)

We received an email from someone, 800 miles away, telling us how she had seen a video on Facebook that her grandmother had shared She was so thankful that she had watched it. She had been baptized and brought up in the church but eventually, like many of us, found herself with no direction or desire to attend or become part of any church. She found herself living the fast track life of sin. Fast forward to today, she "is a firm believer in Christ and have repented my sins and am trying my best to live my life for God, whatever his purpose may be." As a new mother she wants to lead by example and make sure her baby knows who Jesus is. She had been searching for a church/community and with all the controversy in the church she had been questioning what is right. After watching the live stream service, she "found hope in her journey".

Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” That question is asked three times in Scripture. I would answer no immediately and may follow up with, “God can do anything!” I know the Scripture, Luke 1: 37, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” NKJV But when I am in a quandary, do I really believe it? So often, I think, “no way” or “that’s impossible”. And the truth is, it is impossible for me but not for our Heavenly Father. Think about the Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, he was sitting in prison for preaching the Gospel. He closed his letter with one of my favorite verses, Ephesians 3: 20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Nothing is too big for God, too hard for God or too much for God! God can remove any obstacle, overcome any challenge and tear down any opposition. We may go through tough times, but God will intervene and bring the victory. Remember the words the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, they remain true for us. “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1: 37

As my pastor prayed recently, “As we begin this Lenten Journey, may we reflect, repent, and reawaken to Your grace and love in our lives.“ As we reflect may we finish Paul’s statement: “God is able to (and finish the sentence, describing your need). Trust His Word that He can do anything! Nothing is impossible!


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