THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 9-14-08
LESSON TITLE: "GOD IS FOR ME: GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL"
Thank you for joining us today for the Living Word Program. As always, it is our privilege to have you with us, as we commit this time to the things of God. It is further our prayer that we may all praise God this morning, as well as that we may all be encouraged in this joint offering to Him. What better way to start this Lord's day, than to give this sacrifice to Him? Will you bow with me now in prayer!
Now let's sing a song this morning that reminds us of the great opportunity of salvation, which we have through Jesus. Won't you join in as we sing together, "There's A Fountain Free."
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If I were to ask you what is the hardest thing to control in life, what would your answer be? Maybe you would say it is hard to control my kids - that's a big problem in our society today, isn't it? Others might say, "well it's hard to control my wife!" Watch out you might get in trouble with that one! The fact is, there are many things in life that are hard to control, but again, what is the hardest thing to control?
Well, according to the Bible, one really difficult thing is controlling our thoughts! Think about that for a minute. No one sees our thoughts, no one hears them, and no one really knows what's on our mind at any given time. I believe that is why is it so hard to control our thoughts. We can think about anything or picture anything we want in our mind and again, no one knows it. When was the last time you had bad or ugly thoughts against someone you didn't like? Did they know what you were thinking? When was the last time you had bad thoughts about that person who pulled out in front of you, did they know what you were thinking. I've got bad news for you. Even if they didn't know, God did! Jesus understood that God knows everything when He said, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts," Luke 16:15.
Isn't this why Paul said in Philippians 4:8, that we need to think on good things. There he said, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things." So, our thoughts must be good, because we want to be pleasing unto God.
On the other hand, we must have good thoughts because they make us who we are. Solomon said, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he," Proverbs 23:7. In other words, we will eventually be what we think. If we have bad or evil thoughts we will eventually participate and do that which is evil. However, if our thoughts are good and righteous, then we will only be perceived as being of God.
So, what do you think about in your everyday life? Is it pleasing to God, as it must be? Is it making you a good person before this world in which we live. As commanded, let's all strive to think more on those things above.
This morning we will continue our new series entitled, "God Is For Me!" Our specific lesson today is called, "God Is All- Powerful." So, please stay with us for this exciting discussion and after our next song together, I will return to lead this study of the day. Now, won't you join in with the congregation, as we sing our next song together - the name of this hymn, "For The Beauty Of The Earth."?
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Speaker Ray Sullins
In Psalm 56 we began last week considering together something that David reminded us about in relationship to just how wonderful our God is. You might recall in that Psalm that he speaks of the great tragedies and the trials and problems in his life and the things that are coming in on him from every side. But then in verse 9, he rejoices in the fact of those things he can know such as of God's care and protection and guidance and love. But he says, "I know this that God is for me." You know the reality is that God is and He is for us. Who He is and what He is really benefits you and I as His creation for by knowing and obeying the Will of God, we can be saved. So when we look at that passage and we consider the fact that God is, we learn things such as what we found last week that God exists. God is living. He is real. He is not some figment of the imagination or something that has never existed. He is the very essence of life, the Creator Himself.
So that leads us into our discussion this morning that "God is all-powerful." Certainly there can be no greater place to start in understanding the great power of God than in Genesis chapter 1 for we read there the fact that in the beginning God was. There was nothing else, only God. Then He did something. He created what? The heavens and the earth. Imagine out of nothing, God creating everything. Now what kind of power would you call that? I would call it all power.
We go down in the same passage there in verse 3 and it says there that, "God spoke and said, 'Let there be light.'" And guess what. Instantly there was light! Power. What power does it take for a being to do such a thing and then for six days we find creation after creation of God, things made by Him. In six days, as we learn over in Exodus chapter 20 and verse 11, God did all these things. Twenty-four hour periods that He was able to accomplish the task that He had planned even before He began the creation and that was to make the world and to make man and place man in the world that man might know God and obey God.
Now that's why in the sixth day as we learn there about the creation of man which is found in Genesis chapter 1 and also in Genesis chapter 2, we find that God said He wanted to make man for He said, "Let us make man in our own image." (Chapter 1 and verse 26)
But then as we move into chapter 2 we find that God actually made man, that creation, that wonderful being that was able to think and to feel and to know and to learn and to obey, all of those characteristics that we even learn in relationship to what God Himself is life for we are in His spiritual image, His spiritual likeness and therefore, He has created us, at least as far as our spirit part and our character, in a way that we can imitate and follow what He has told us to do. We know that because God says that not only can we know the Truth, but we can prove our love to Him by obedience. God would never ask something that was impossible, that was unable to be accomplished and so when He asked these things and He gives us the Word, it is because He has loved us enough to give us the opportunity that we can know, we can understand, we can obey and then we can have eternal life because of our faithfulness to His plan.
You might not only notice the creation and the great power that was found there, but a few chapters over in Genesis chapter 6 we are introduced to Noah. What greater power could we find of God than the fact that He flooded the entire earth? Some people question that fact, but I think the Bible clearly states in evidences to us that it was so full of water, that is the earth, that even the highest of mountains were covered. Verse 20 there of chapter 7 says, "Even above those mountains by 15 cubits." You could say 15 x 18 inches and you're going to see way above the highest mountain on earth was covered with water. Why? So that everything would be destroyed in that wicked generation.
Not only in Noah's day, but we move on to other days such as Moses' day. We find a bush that burns, that burns and is not consumed.
Then we move on from there and continue to find example after example of God leading His people out of Egypt through the oppression that they had suffered for hundreds of years and as He leads them out, He brings them across on dry land through the Red Sea. And then act after act is accomplished to proved His power. Then one verse that really stands out to me is found in Exodus chapters 19 beginning, but then also in chapter 20 when we find The Ten Commandments given. You might note in chapter 19 they were preparing for the service of the Lord for the Lord was going to come and begin delivering His Will and when He came, notice what happened in verse 16. "It came to pass on the third day in the morning that there were thunderings and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and the sound of the trumpet was very loud so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Do you see the results of God? Do you see the power of God?
Over in chapter 20 around verse 18 and following, we see other ideas like fire and smoke and the flashings and it scared them so much that they begged Moses not to allow God to speak with them, but rather that he could speak with God and then tell them what God wanted them to do.
You see, God is magnificent! He is powerful. God has control not only as the Creator, but over all of nature. We not only learn that in the Old Testament through things that we've seen as He parted the water and as He shook this mountain, but we see that even in the great, wonderful miracles of Jesus as He brought the dead back to life. We see that in the great miracles of producing much food out of a little food, the great miracles of causing even the deaf to hear and the blind to see again. On and on we could go about the power of God over nature, over life, over demons, over all things. Why? Our God is all-powerful!
We're going to focus mainly on the idea of power this morning, but I would like to also look at a word "all-mighty." When we think of all-mighty, we think of again that strength, that power, and we see the idea of might, the root word there, as all-might, the all-mighty God. Do you know that hundreds of times throughout the Bible, God is proclaimed to be what? All-mighty. In one such place that we find that is with Abraham in Genesis 17. But I want us to look at that passage because it is not Abraham that says God is all-mighty, so we don't have to question the truth of it. It is God who says that! There in chapter 17 and verse 1 notice what it is that God says to Abraham. "When Abraham was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, 'I am the All-mighty God. Walk before Me and be blameless.'" What did Abraham know about God? He was all-mighty, all-powerful. We see that further demonstrated in the fact that Abraham did everything that God said despite the fact that you and I might have heard those things and said, "Well, that's ridiculous," or "I'm not willing to go that far." Abraham was even willing to offer his own son, Isaac, that he knew God had promised would be the seed who would continue on until the coming of Jesus Christ. But do you know what we learn over in Hebrews chapter 11, the great faith chapter? That Abraham did this knowing that even if God had to bring him back from the dead, he would do it. What did Abraham know about God? He was all-powerful. He was the Creator of all. He was the giver of life. He was the one who had ability to take life, that He was the one who had the ability to give life back again, that He was the one who had the ability to give us an eternal existence and certainly again that is something that the All-mighty God has promised to each of us.
We also find there ideas from the Psalmist David. Certainly David does a wonderful job many times in showing us about how wondrous, how glorious our God is. In Psalm 79 and verse 11 he speaks of the greatness of God's power. Certainly he understood it for we look to other Psalms and we read about the fact that he believed there that God was the Creator of the heavens, that God had made all things.
One of the most familiar that we might refer to is in Psalm 19 and verse 1. "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows forth His handiwork." You see David knew God as the all-mighty and all-powerful Creator.
Again in Psalm 106 and verse 8, "He praised God there for he said your power is mighty. You are all-powerful. You are a glorious God." Therefore again, he had confidence in Him.
We also look there to Psalm 147 in the 5th verse of Psalm 147. We see the idea there of not only the greatness of God's power, not only the idea of His power being mighty, but you might notice here that David puts both of these concepts together in verse 5 as he says, "Great is our Lord and mighty in power." You see, God is great. God is good. God is powerful. And God is all-mighty. David knew these things and he believed it not only in connection to the creation as we have confirmed, but also in connection to his own life and breath. David knew that God had made him. David knew that God had formed him, that He had caused him to be on this earth and that therefore He was a God who was going to be interested in caring for him every part of life, every moment of life, and so therefore, David said, "You formed me, my inward parts, even when I was (where?) in my mother's womb, you did these things." So again, David showing us the all-mighty God, the all-powerful God, the God who was willing to do all things.
One New Testament passage I think that shows us this as well is found over in the book of Romans if you'll turn there. In Romans chapter 1 we find the concept of the Godhead being mentioned in verse 20, but read with me the creation concept as well. He says, "For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen and understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse." Even God's what? Eternal power! Do you know what the idea of eternal means? Really without end or endless, kind of this infinite idea that there are no limits with God except those things that He limits Himself on because God is all-encompassing in these areas. He is all-powerful. So here it says, "your eternal power." Not your earthly power. Not your power over the universe, not your power over life or miracles, your eternal power, your all-encompassing, all-glorious, all-wondrous power. And so certainly again, we read about the power of God.
In the Ephesian letter, Paul again to the Ephesian church in chapter 1 and verse 19 says the following, "What is the exceedlingly greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power?" The exceeding greatness of His power, and then he turns around again and says, "the working of his mighty power." Paul knew it. The New Testament writers agreed. The Old Testament writers agreed. They all agreed that God was all-powerful. He was a God who was able to do anything that He needed to do at anytime according to His Will. So therefore, what does that say to us? God can do the same for us.
So no wonder as we know a God who is all-powerful, we then read in Hebrews chapter 4 and verse 12 that "God's Word is living and powerful." If the Word of God is from God, it must be all-powerful as He is.
So what has God done? He has given us this Word that we might know it and follow it and know the power of God, obey the power of God unto what? Salvation.
He also speaks of the love of God being the power of God, the power unto salvation and even the idea of the voice of God being all-powerful. All of these things again helping us to understand just how glorious, true and real the only God that has ever existed and who exists today really is, that we might give homage to Him, praise, glory and honor, that we might know His Will and obey it in every aspect of our lives so that we might not only respect Him, but that we might receive the great promises and rewards that He has given to those who are found faithful.
So if you're not a child of God, do what God commands today. Confess His name. Repent and turn from sin. Then be buried with your Lord and Savior in baptism. By doing those things, you have obeyed the plan of God. In obeying the plan of God, He adds you to the church and then you begin that walk with God and a life of perfection or completeness so that you'll receive that great reward of eternal life in the end.
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What an all-powerful God we serve! Furthermore, may we realize that certainly a God with such power can save us? So, the question is, "Will we do our part to respond to such an awesome God?"