In this article/sermon you will be introduced to several aspects of God’s power and how His power can impact your life on a daily basis.
We are in a series of messages called “God is Closer Than You Think.” We are spending a few weeks looking at the attributes of God. We want to see God more accurately and understand Him at a greater level.
Last week we looked at the knowledge of God and discovered He is omniscient. He knows everything. His understanding is infinite. Nothing is hidden from Him. He knows everything past, present, and future. He knows all things actual and possible. Since God has perfect knowledge He can give me right answers and He has in His Word. Since God is omniscient and knows all things, He knows about my needs and my concerns before I know about them and He already knows how it will all work out. Even though God knows everything about me (my thoughts, my weaknesses, my sin, my selfishness, my greed, etc.), He still loves me with an amazing love. We looked at all of that last week.
Today we are looking at the power of God. To help us understand the power of God we will examine how the Scripture describes God’s power and then we will look at the impact and applications to our life that God’s power should have.
The Power of God Described
Let’s start with the power of God described. What does the Word of God tell us about God’s power?
God’s power is comprehensive
First of all, God’s power is comprehensive. It has no limits, because God has no limits. God can do anything. Psalm 147:5 says, “How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!” (NLT). God’s power is absolute, mighty, and abundant. It’s comprehensive.
The angel of the Lord told Mary, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37, NLT). Jesus told His disciples “Everything is possible with God” (Mark 10:27, NLT). It’s comprehensive.
God’s power is endless
Number two, God’s power is endless. It is infinite. God is not like a human that needs sleep and food in order to have strength and energy. God is not like a car, where we have to keep filling up the gas tank in order for it to have power. God never needs filling up. There is no limit to the amount of God’s power. That’s exactly what Isaiah is saying in Isaiah 40:28, “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary” (NLT). God does not become exhausted, fatigued, or warn out. Which takes us to the next truth.
God’s power is effortless
Number three, God’s power is effortless. Everything that God does, He does without any effort. He does not strain, grunt or groan. God doesn’t sweat because something is too hard to lift or too difficult to make. We just read in Isaiah 40:28 that God “never grows weak or weary” (NLT). It takes no effort for God to do something.
God’s power is creative
Number four, God’s power is creative. God has an “out-of-nothing” kind of power. God can create something out of nothing. God is not only unlimited in what He can do, but He is also unlimited in how He gets it done. He does not need raw material to put together His creation. God simply declares something and it is. God can simply speak something into existence. For example in Genesis 1:3, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (NLT). Throughout creation you see God’s creative power at work. He speaks and it is. This is why God can make a way when there seems to be no way. He can create ways.
God’s power is purposeful
Number five, God’s power is purposeful. Whenever God demonstrates His power, He demonstrates it for a purpose. He doesn’t do powerful things because He is bored or He wants to show off. Everything God does has a high reason.
- Proverb 19:21, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail” (NLT). I want you to see that God has a purpose. He has a plan.
- Isaiah 55:11, God says, “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (NLT). I want you to see that God has a goal in mind. He has something He wants to accomplish.
- Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (NLT). Notice that God has a purpose for you and He causes all things (He synergizes) to work together for your good.
There is a purpose behind everything God does. God uses His power toward that purpose. God never does anything just to be doing something. Whenever God heals someone, delivers someone, or answers a prayer He does it for a divine reason. God uses His power to accomplish His perfect will, not our will.
- When God delivered Noah and his family from the flood, He did it for a reason.
- When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He did it for a purpose.
- When God delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians, there was a high reason behind it.
- When God caused the walls of Jericho to fall, there was a purpose behind it.
- When God protected Daniel from the lion’s den, answered Elijah’s prayer on Mt. Carmel, delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego from the fiery furnace there was a divine purpose and intentionality behind it.
- When Jesus turned water to wine, raised Lazarus from the dead, healed the blind, caused the lame to walk, and the deaf to hear there was a purpose and reason behind each and every one.
When God reveals His power in your life there is a great and awesome and divine purpose behind it that is always bigger than you. God’s power is purposeful.
The Power of God Applied
Now that we know some things about God’s power, how can this all-powerful God affect my life? What is so significant about God being all powerful?
God is able to keep His promises
First, because God is all-powerful, He is able to keep His promises. Whatever God promises you, He can and will do. Look carefully at Romans 4:20, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises” (vs. 20-21, NLT). When God promises He will do something, He will do it. It will be done. When God promises to comfort you, He will bring comfort to you. When God promises to guide you, He will guide you. When He promises to strengthen you, He will strengthen you. What God promises, He provides because He has the power to do it.
God is able to meet my needs
Secondly, God is able to meet my needs. God is able to meet your needs. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others” (NLT). God will provide everything you need in order for you to accomplish everything He wants you to accomplish. God is able to provide a family everything they need in order for them to do what God wants them to do. God is able to provide a local church body everything they need in order to fulfill the mission He has set before them. God will meet your needs according to His plan and purpose for your life.
God is able to work through me
Third, God is able to work through me. In whatever way God wants to work through you and use your life, He will enable you to do His will and equip you to accomplish His will. Because God is all-powerful He can and will use you in His kingdom work.
Look at Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (NLT). This tells us that God created us and wants to use us in ministry that He prepared for us in advance. Since He has different ministries that He wants us to be involved in He will give us the strength and power to fulfill those acts of goodness. That’s why you can say, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philip. 4:12). Because God is all-powerful He is able to use me.
God is able to handle my problems
Fourth, God is able to handle my problems. There is no problem that God cannot handle. There is no mountain bigger than God. There are no problems bigger than God. Listen to Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” (vs. 1-3, NLT). The Psalmist is saying, “Even though my world may fall apart around me, my God will be there to help me.” Since God is all-powerful, He has the strength to handle all of my problems.
God is able to save me
Fifth, God is able to save me. I love Hebrews 7:25 which is talking about Jesus when it says, “He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him.” My God is able to save me completely. He is able to save you and rescue you from the grips of Satan. He is able to deliver you from the kingdom of darkness and place you into the kingdom of light. He is able to save you from sin and He is able to save you from eternal death. He is able to give you eternal life. He is able to give you a home in heaven. Jesus is able to save you.
He had the power to live a sinless life. He had the power to raise the dead. He had the power to walk on water. He had the power to cast out evil spirits. He had the power to give sight to the blind. He had the power and strength to carry the weight of sin. He had the power to carry a cross. He had the power to give up His life for you and me. He had the power to resurrect from the dead and conquer Satan, sin, and death in one mighty blow so that you could have eternal life. This God is able to save!
When you feel powerless, remember God is powerful. When you feel weak, remember God is mighty. He is more powerful than you could ever imagine.
- Are you facing a need? If so, God is powerful enough to meet that need. Since God is creative, He may meet that need in a creative or different way than you had expected or hoped. But God is meet your need.
- Do you have a ministry opportunity in front of you, but you are not sure God can use you? God is powerful. You are His masterpiece. He created you and your ministry long ago. He gave you your spiritual gifts, your passion for ministry, your abilities, your experiences, and your personality in order to do what He wants you to do. God can use you, even in spite of your weaknesses.
- Are you concerned about your life after death? God is able to save you.