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The Omnipotence of God, Part II


God is able to do all his holy will. The Scripture gives us several example of how God expressed his power and how he continues to express his power today.
1. God expressed his power through his creative acts.
“The Lord merely spoke and the heavens were created.” (Psalm 33:6)
“I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the Earth?” (Isaiah 44:24)
2. God expressed his power through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.” (John 10:17-18)
3. God expressed his power through his provision of our salvation.
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.” (Jude 24)
4. God expressed and continues to express his power through life transformation.
“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone and a new life has begun.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
5. God also expresses his power through his ability to enact judgment with fairness and equity.
“I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his kingdom;” (2 Timothy 4:1)

So then, what does God’s power do for us? God doesn’t hoard his power. He bestows it upon us to enable us to do several things.
1. His power enables us to overcome obstacles in life.
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, and not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10)
“…My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in weaknesses, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
2. His power helps us to overcome sin and temptation.
“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
3. His power strengthens us in our weakness.
“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall into exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
God is strangely attracted to weakness. Weakness is the superhighway that brings God’s power into our lives. C.S. Lewis once commented that “Our problem is not that we are too weak. Our problem is that we are too strong.”
4. His power enables us to do the right thing in life.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20)
5. Finally, his power enables us to become like Christ.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3)

If you look at the troubleshooting guide to any appliance, the first thing it will instruct you to do is to check the power source. How do we access the power of God in our lives?

The first way is through worship. When we worship, we are reminded of how great God is. Our lives and our circumstances are brought into proper perspective when we pause to focus on his surpassing greatness. In addition to seeing the greatness of God, in worship we are reminded of God’s great deeds and acts of the past. If you’ve read the Old Testament, perhaps you’ve noticed that many prayers are offered to the “God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.” This was their way of recalling the faithfulness and strength that God displayed in the lives of those from previous generations.

The second way is through prayer. In prayer we humble ourselves, acknowledging God as our source for all things, and confessing our limitation. Nothing quite ushers humility into our lives like admitting that we have needs that only God can meet.

Finally, we respond to God’s power through acts of faith. The Bible is filled with stories of people who weren’t always certain how God would come through. But they responded to him in faith nonetheless.

What if God wants to be powerful in your life? What if God wants to be powerful through your life? 2 Chronicles 16:9 states, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

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