May 2, 2018

Hebrews 7:25 (NLT) — 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

In the four chapters that we read today there were a lot of words but only three really got my attention. Well no I guess that is not true. The seventh chapter of the Song of Solomon got me to because it was all about the art of physical intimacy within the marriage relationship; I mean how could breasts not get a guys attention:) I haven’t commented on the Song of Solomon but let me direct you to a book that is a must read for understanding the Song of Solomon. It is entitled: The Book of Romance by Tommy Nelson. The subtitle is: What Solomon says about Love, Sex, and Intimacy. Everyone should read this book before they begin to date, after they are dating, before they get married and after they are married and no matter how long they have been married; it is that good.

Ok so the three words that got my attention other than the word ‘breasts’ were He is able, which of course were talking about Jesus. The other day my wife Cleo needed me to pick up an end table and move it to another room because she was unable to do it. My mother called me and asked me to come over and open a jar for her because she was unable. There are so many things the we human beings are unable to do and we need someone who is able.

Eve was unable to keep from sinning and the whole human race looked doomed but thank God that Jesus was able to keep from sinning.

Hebrews 4:15 (NLT) — 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

We are unable to love unconditionally but Jesus is able.

Romans 5:6 (NLT) — 6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.

We are unable to forgive sin but Jesus is able.

Luke 23:34 (NLT) — 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

We are unable on our own to cast out demons and cure all diseases but Jesus is able.

Matthew 8:16–17 (NLT) — 16 That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick. 17 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”

We are unable to meet everyone’s needs but Jesus is able.

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) — 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

We are unable to save the souls of people but Jesus is able.

Romans 10:9–10 (NLT) — 9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

When you can’t restore a relationship Jesus is able.

Luke 7:12–15 (NLT) — 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

We are unable to predict the future but Jesus is able.

Matthew 24:1–2 (NLT) — 1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. 2 But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

We are unable to know thoughts that people are thinking but Jesus is able.

Matthew 12:25 (NLT) — 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.

We can’t bring the dead back to live but Jesus is able.

John 11:43–44 (NLT) — 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

We are unable to get nature to obey us but Jesus is able.

Matthew 8:26–27 (NLT) — 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. 27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

We on our own can’t find the real purpose of life but Jesus is able.

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) — 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 4:19 (NLT) — 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”

Matthew 28:18–20 (NLT) — 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The point of the blog today is not to lose your joy, your contentment, your endurance, your cool, your peace, your hope, your faith because no matter how things appear to be and how unable you are to change them, He Is Able! How many things in your life would be different if you remembered this truth?

Be Inspired Hilltop!