You can do nothing of value on your own.
It is quite an experience to allow God to work through you to accomplish His will. On the other hand, it’s humbling to have begun a work, apart from God, and see it fail. We must continually seek to have God control His work through us. The Bible says:
. . . those who are in the flesh cannot please God. —Romans 8:8
. . . apart from Me you can do nothing. —John 15:5
However, when God lays a burden on our heart, regardless of the magnitude, He can accomplish it through us—IF we allow Him total control.
. . . My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9
. . . to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think . . . —Ephesians 3:20
I’ve always understood the “eye of a needle” was referring to a small doorway that led into the city for access after hours—not a sewing needle. It wasn’t high enough for a camel to easily pass under. . . .
(This was typical of scores of responses from GML subscribers regarding what was meant by “eye of the needle” in Luke 18, Mark 10 and Matthew 19.)
We had many emails about various “camel” stories where people, some rich, some not, had a hard time getting through an opening in a wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. There may be such a place, but it has nothing to do with this verse.
The Bible clearly says it’s a “SEWING” needle. The Greek word is “rhaphis” and is used to sew cloth or sometimes refers to a surgeon’s needle. That’s why the disciples said, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus admitted it was impossible! If the phrase “a camel going through the eye of a needle” were just something hard to do, their reaction would have made no sense. Look at the entire text:
And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” —Luke 18:24-27
The incorrect teaching that you must try hard to be saved appeals to the flesh . . . that we have to do SOMETHING on our part to be saved. But as the above verse says, what is “impossible” for man (not hard), IS possible with God. There is nothing you can do to gain salvation. Zero. Fortunately, Jesus paid it all so the impossible becomes possible.
I have read your answers regarding the birth control pill, and I completely agree with your Biblical position. My question is, what is your Biblical perspective regarding a husband having a vasectomy? I know the Bible says, “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full.” Needless to say, I’m confused.
There is no difference between a woman taking birth control pills and a man having a vasectomy. Both are restricting God’s blessing based on man’s sinful fleshly desires. It’s not that the pill is a bad form of birth control (although it is), it’s that birth control, in any form, is bad. This would include the “rhythm” method (abstaining from sex during the time of a woman’s ovulation window).
The question is, “Do you trust God or yourself?” If you say you trust God, how can you then say you don’t trust Him to give you good gifts? God says children are a BLESSING FROM HIM, and one of the few eternal blessings we can receive in this life. Your question indicates that you have your sights set on this life, instead of eternity and what God says is important.
We all will die, then begins eternity! (Rapture excepted) Therefore, where should your focus be—this life or the next? As we said before, you shouldn’t care if you are tired and broke in this life from having 10 or 20 kids because you’ll have those blessings for ETERNITY! On judgment day, when we finally fully understand temporal vs. eternal, no one will be happy they used birth control that deprived them of eternal blessings.
Note to those for whom this info has come too late, who bought into Satan’s “less-is-better” lie without realizing it:
If you have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection to completely pay for your sins, then move on knowing ALL your sin was paid on the cross some 2000 years ago.
. . . forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, —Philippians 3:13
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. —Colossians 2:13-14
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; —Psalm 25:7
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