Thoughts on Matthew 19:24-26

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

I’ve heard and read verse 24 for a very long time, and I’ve always just been slightly perplexed by it. I knew that it was impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but I also knew that it isn’t possible for a loving God to keep someone out of heaven just because they have a certain amount of something. There are examples of wealthy people in the Bible that God calls His people. Take David for example: In Acts 13:22 God calls him, “a man after mine own heart,” and we know that David was wealthy.

 My understanding was with that of the disciples when they said, “Who then can be saved?” If it was easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, yet it is impossible for that to happen and I knew that God loves everyone because 2 Peter 3:9 says that the Lord, “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” how did this all work together?

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Recently, it all finally came together. Every morning my Bible app gives me a verse for the day, and I either study that select passage or read the entire chapter the verse is found in. One morning, Matthew 19:26 was my verse to study. I quickly realized that the camel through the eye of a needle verse was there in direct correlation with verse 26, and that’s when it all hit me with crystal clear clarity. Just like it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it’s impossible for a rich man, or anyone in fact, to get into the Kingdom of God.

BUT, you have to read the entire verse! “With man this is impossible,” and here we see that it is impossible, “But with God all things are possible.” All things! Just as we see that fitting a camel through the eye of a needle is impossible, so is getting into heaven of ourselves, by our own works. When you add God to the equation, nothing is impossible anymore. By His grace, and through our faith, we can enter into heaven.

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As I sat there, my mind was blown. God had come through again. His Word is perfect, as we see in Psalm 19:7-8. Everything is in perfect harmony, because God can make no mistakes. Not only did I discover more Bible truth that morning, but I saw more evidence that God and His Word are true and to be trusted.


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bible verses + photography

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Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

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 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

Song of Solomon 2:1

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Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Luke 12:27

just for you || fall printables

For all my lovely readers here in the US, you know that we are celebrating Thanksgiving in just two weeks. Experimenting with graphic design and such, I decided to give you a couple of fun, inspirational printables/phone or computer wallpaper.

The pictures are from Unsplash, and the Bible verses are KJV. I used Pixlr to design them.

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Just right click, and select “Save image as.” Once you do that, you can print it, or use it as your wallpaper on your phone or computer.

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Philippians 4:8 || Lovely

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This morning I decided to post Philippians 4:8 as this week’s verse, then later I realized that today’s photo prompt was, “Lovely.” Since Philippians 4:8 speaks of thinking on lovely things, I thought it was a really fun coincidence!

Happy Mother’s Day!!! + Bible Verses

In honor of all our moms, I’m posting three verses this week, all having to do with mothers. 🙂

First off, Psalms 139:13:

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

Next, Exodus 20:12:

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

And finally, Proverbs 1:8-9:

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 and Matthew 25:40

I was planning to post the verse of the week on Tuesdays, but these two verses have been stuck in my mind for awhile, and I decided that I should just sit down and post them this morning.

The first is Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

And the next is Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

These two verses really seem to fit together. If you are working with all your might, and doing a good job, you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are working for Jesus. Lately I have been implementing these verses as a kind of motto in my life, an aim to achieve, and it’s amazing the blessings I have received. I’d like to share a little story of what happened this morning that ties in with this.

So, when I came out this morning to eat breakfast, all my family was still sleeping in. All the lights were off, and sunlight was coming in the windows. It was all rather pleasant, and I grabbed some almonds to start off my breakfast with. Then, I really started noticing that the kitchen was a mess. Dirty dishes on the counter, dirty dishes on the table, papers scattered around.

Now, there is something you should know about me. I can not stand messy kitchens. Literally, I just am unable to function in the chaos. So, all the sudden, I had an idea. I would straighten up the kitchen a bit! I believe this was the Holy Spirit nudging me to help out, and be a blessing to my family.

Let me tell you, it was amazing. I put dishes in the sink, straightened the table up, and wiped the counters. As I got some spray cleaner to clean the counter with, the spray apparatus wasn’t working. It was turned to the on position, so I knew that wasn’t the problem. Finally, I just said a simple prayer. It was like this, “Lord, please make this work.”

BAM. It worked.

I was like, “Whoa, that was awesome!” It was so cool, because the moment I prayed, the spray bottle started working!

Another thing I noticed as I worked was that my willingness to help seemed to influence the others in my family. My brother was more willing to help too, and there was a general air of happiness. It was such a blessing to know that by just helping a little, I had helped create such a great atmosphere.

And, I learned that cleaning the kitchen isn’t as gross as I thought. 🙂