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December 24, 2020 2:00 am
God is called Almighty fifty-seven times in Scripture. It means that the resources of His power are boundless. In the message "The Unrivaled Power of God," Skip shares about how God is unlimited in His ability and unconstrained in His capacity.
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We need power but what if you had unlimited power. What if you could do anything at all, and there were no limitations on energy. The resource was always there will be one of the qualities that God operates with God is called mighty 57 times in Scripture means his powers boundless.
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The truth of God revealed in the Scriptures that God is at work. Summary was that God's ways are behind-the-scenes, but he moves all the seems that he is behind us. The providence of God is God working even though when I can't see it or I can feel it is a way maker is a way maker yeah that's that's another song seems all… It's okay so I love that song. I love the concept. Thank you, Skip and Nathan, be sure to stay with us after today's message to her the full discussion right now we want to tell you about a resource that will help you transform the way you pray in the way you live. Recent research has found that Google searches for the word prayer surged worldwide alongside the spread of the novel coronavirus Google trends data shows that the search intensity for prayer doubles for every 8000 2/19 cases, but is there a right way or a more effective way to bring best-selling author Kay Arthur where the battle is raging were to be on the frontlines on the front lines on her knees on the front line standing in the full armor of God Chi's book Lord, teach me to pray in 28 days offers simple but powerful instruction on how and what to pray and what to expect when you do, and it's on our way to say when you give a gift of $25 or more today to help keep this ministry on the air.
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You know how quickly that thinking discharge. You have to recharge it. We are always looking at how much battery power. We have left if you have a car you need to go somewhere. You gotta put gasoline in it.
You need power to run your air conditioner at home and all the appliances you have in your house because of that we as a species as a human race these days especially are using a lot of energy is estimated that every day the human race uses more than a million Terra joules of energy. That's roughly equivalent to what we would use if all 7.5 billion people on the planet boiled 70 kettles of water and our around-the-clock thought. Lot of energy consumption is also estimated that the typical American household has roughly 50.
That's 50 devices or appliances that are always drawing power. Whether there on or off. There always drawing power. What that means is we are weird we are very dependent upon the power grid very dependent on and then the question comes. What if that power grid fails this and these are issues the key people up at night. What happens if the power fails and by the way it has failed in Venezuela last year for a five consecutive day. There was an entire nation wide blackout. What that means is, those who are elderly and high-rises had to be carried down and out to safety of food was spoiling if it was in the refrigerator people had to cook with wood fires and heat by candlelight traffic lights failed on the streets of pumps that brought water into homes failed so people did not have freshwater and you can imagine all the hospitals in the country in crisis mode. It would mean that patients whose kidneys failed did not get dialysis treatments. People who had gunshot wounds could not get operated on.
It was pandemonium for a five day period. We need power but what if you had unlimited power. What if you could do anything at all, and there were no limitations on energy. The resource was always there wealth that happens to be one of the qualities that God operates with God is all-powerful, we been looking at Psalm 139 and we have looked at all these all-night attributes of God by God's omniscience. That is, he knows everything. We discussed that he didn't have to learn anything or observe anything. He knows it instantly, intuitively, totally. Then he also has the attribute of omnipresence. He is everywhere present in the totality of his being. And then this week we look at his power.
The energy with which God operates in the theological term is God is omnipotent, and I potent all potent all powerful God has power in Psalm 139 the author of the biographer of God is David. David was a shepherd boy who became the king of Israel who gave us many of these great poetic Psalms, David is writing about God and it's pretty obvious, reading any part of this Psalm at all that David served a big God, David's God was not small. Years ago there was a book put out by JB Phillips. I recommend it's an excellent book is called your God is too small and that happens to be the problem of many of us. Many of us have a small God we have a view of God makes him very limited and inapt and unable your God is too small. David's God was not too small. David's God was a big God always love the story of one of my favorite authors effort by the name of Donald Ray Barnhouse. He was the pastor of 10th Presbyterian Church back in Philadelphia years ago and he went to school at Princeton Princeton theological seminary. He graduated from Princeton. One of his professors. In fact, his Hebrew professor was the famed Robert Dick Wilson, brilliant man and Barnhouse went back to Princeton 12 years after he graduated to give a message in Miller Chapel sitting in the front row was that run now and professor of Hebrew which would be intimidating when you're professor sitting in the front row to hear you now speak. He spoke and afterwords the professor went up to Barnhouse shook his hand and said if you come back again. I will not come to hear you. I only come once and I listen to my students and I see if they are big daughters or little daughters and I will know what their ministry will be like that, a spell Geo DDE. Our daughter they got her little daughter Barnhouse and never heard that term before and so he asked Prof. Wilson to explain what that means and the professor said, well, some men have a little God and are always in trouble with him.
He can't do any miracles she can't take care of the inspiration and transmission of Scripture.
He doesn't intervene on behalf of this people.
They have a little God and I call them little daughters.
Then there are those who have a great God. He speaks and it is done. He commands and it stands fast you Donald have a great God and he will bless your ministry and the old man smiled, said God bless you walk out. David was a big God or and I'm praying and hoping that during this series, 2020 seeing truth clearly, as we uncover through the lens of Scripture, God the father, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit who we are, etc., week by week, we will grow in our perception of God and we too will become big daughters Lana share with you beginning in verse 13 of Psalm 139 tree observations about the God who is all powerful. First of all God's work is marvelous. That's the statement David makes God's work is marvelous. Let's read some of these verses. Verse 13 we begin the thread of thought for you formed my inward parts you covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are your works, the word marvelous means unique, singular, or even miraculous are your works, and that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed and in your book. They all were written the day's fashion for me, when as yet there were none of them go back to verse 14 and look at the second part of verse 14 where it says marvelous are your works now that little statement there in verse 14 is the hinge or pinnacle of the verse in a literary fashion. It is the middle brought of verses 13 through 15. It is the summary statement of God's power of God's ability marvelous are your works, so David now not considering God's knowledge, not considering God's presence. He is considering God's power. God's works and he calls a marvelous watch this.
In considering the power of God in the marvelous works of God. David goes inward, not outward, that as he looks inward at the human body. The intricacies of the human body rather than outward at the majesty of the constellations of heaven they would think of somebody to talk about the great power of God to you. You're going to go out at night and look at the moon this the stars were during the day the brightness of the sun and consider that the galaxy that we live in.
David goes inward to the human body. That's not to say that David in other places doesn't go out where he certainly does, in fact, in Psalm eight.
David said when I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him, or the Son of Man that you would visit so is considering the heavens looking outward. He does it again in Psalm 19. The heavens declare the glory of God. The firmament shows his handiwork Dan today utter speech night and tonight reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. He saying the heavens shout the glory and majesty and power of God, so he does that, but not here. Here he looks inward here to highlight God's power, his marvelous work David is considering the human body. Why is that I don't know but I can only give you my opinion, here's my guess is because David here realizes human beings are God's crowning creation his best work is the pinnacle of his work.
Of all the things God made we alone are created in the image of God. Genesis chapter 1 God made man in his image. So, in the image of God created he them. No other creature can make that post. So we are God's crowning creation. Your dog is not God's crowning creation might have a good dog.
No offense to your dog part of a wonderful pet.
I have two cool docs that's not God's best work.
Beautiful waterfall in Costa Rica, not God's crowning creation whale at the bottom of the Pacific also but not God's best work. The belt of Orion, not God's crowning creation.
We are made in his image.
So David is considering in God's power us people.
That's pretty evident in in these verses and in the ones I other cited otherwise.
David is describing a powerful God. God is not weak. God doesn't get tired God is and some go man I need a nap. I need to rest. This been a hard day working is a way to minute.
He says he created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh day he rested while he rested not because he was tired.
He rested because he was done he was just done, making what he wanted to make.
There was nothing else for him to create so he rested and rest because he was tired truth is God operates at full strength. He always operates at full strength, God is referred to in the Scripture, as all mighty God Almighty 57 times. He is all mighty all powerful Psalm 24 the Lord's strong and mighty Job 42. I love that chapter because Job gets schooled by God in the previous chapters so in chapter 42. Joe finally says I know that you can do everything and that no purpose of yours can be restrained. Jeremiah the prophet said there is nothing too hard for you.
Oh God in Ephesians chapter 3, Paul says he is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary announcing that she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit to that I can figure that out and Gabriel said with God, nothing shall be impossible. Then Jesus turned that around and he said with God all things are possible. All that speaks of the power of God. I was reading early this morning in my morning devotions something out of Psalm 62 were David says God has spoken once twice I have heard this, that power belongs to God.
I like the power belongs to God. That's enough Scripture to make any of us a big God or we should be big Goddard God's work is marvelous.
God can take a 99-year-old Abraham turn him into a dad guy can take a 90-year-old Sarah, who is been unfurl her whole life and now quite past the age of childbearing and turn her into a mom. God can take a group of slaves to 3 million of them taken to the desert dry land on the red seabed and then use the water of the Red Sea to drown an army after so God is all powerful. This brings up a question I get asked are there things God can't do. Now the knee-jerk to that is no God can do anything that's really not the right answer because are the things God can do.
You there certain things God cannot do.
It's really not accurate to say that God can do anything. Here's the accurate statement God can do anything he pleases. That is in harmony with his nature. See the difference. God can do anything he pleases. That is in harmony with his nature. So for example here's something God can do.
He can't lie, that is against his nature. God is the truth. Hebrews 6 verse 18 it is impossible for God to lie. Another thing God cannot do as he can never approve of sin can wink at, I can let it go, always has to be dealt with Habakkuk chapter 1 verse 13 the prophets that you are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness something else. God can't do.
According to James chapter 1 God cannot be tempted with evil nor does he tempt anyone.
So there's a few things here that God can do. So when somebody comes up and they always there's always somebody that asked this lame question. I've heard it too many times can God make a rock so big that even he can't lift an answer that is God is not in the business of answering ridiculous questions God's work is marvelous but David goes beyond that statement in verse 14 to a second observation about the God who is all powerful God's workmanship is meticulous. You'll notice the David highlights here. Human origin. That's what he speaking about. He's turning inward looking at the miracles of the human body as it is being formed in the womb of a mother and if you drill down through these verses.
He touches on this meticulous workmanship of God in three ways. First of all, he mentions creation rate. He alludes to it. Verse 13 wickedness you speaking to you formed me in my inward parts you covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully. What made not evolved. You made me. I am a product of special creation. David would say what he's doing here is harkening back to Genesis 11 in the beginning God created the heavens in the air in the same chapter God created man in his own image.
I know the world in which I live.
I know that the idea of creation is completely and utterly ridiculous and naïve to people outside the walls of the church. Take the idea of creation to Starbucks or to the grocery store or to your place of occupation mentioned that you believe in a God who made you by special creation and you will be scoffed at by somebody because it is just sort of assumed now that the debate between evolution and creation is long been set a liberty of who has a brain or thinks clearly past 2+2 = 4 understand by now that we all evolved. The problem with that is a thing called research research seems every year to defy that theory of evolution. I could give you many quotes but I'll just give you one from molecular biologist Michael Denton very renowned in his field of my molecular biology I he said and I quote the evolutionary theory is still as it was in Darwin's time, highly speculative hypothesis entirely without direct factual support." See Darling knew what he came up with this theory many years ago in the 1800s.
Darwin knew that when he came up with this and he believed it was true, but he knew there was one glaring lack of evidence and I was the field of paleontology. The fossil record.
He believed that time would eventually vindicate him, but he knew that there was, not enough factual support in the fossil record to support his hypothesis's theory of evolution but he believed that given enough time. The fossil record with indicator only problem is it has not. This is according to David Raab who is the curator of the Field Museum of national history in Chicago and I quote, we are now about 120 years after Darwin. That's when he made the statement and the knowledge of the fossil record has been greatly expanded.
We now have 1/4 of a million fossil species. The situation hasn't changed much. We have fewer examples of evolutionary transition. Then we had in Darwin's time," so rather than having a multiplicity of transmutation or transitional forms that should abound if the theory was accurate. Says actually we have far fewer Skip the message from the series 20 now through Skip inmate as they share why God's unlimited power matters to struggling families Skip as you mentioned today. Our God is all-powerful and he's unlimited in his resource what you believe this means for our families, especially in homes that are experiencing relational struggles in the season.
There's a song that we been singing lately and I really love the lyrics go something like even when I can't see it working and I love that… The truth of God revealed in the Scriptures that God is at work in summary once had God's ways are behind-the-scenes, but he moves all the scenes that he is behind us. The providence of God. That's God working even though when I can't see it or I can feel it is a way maker is a way maker yeah that's it. That's another song that is the same song… It's some okay so I love that song and I love the concept. You know Jesus gave us permission to knock on heavens door said ask, it will be given seek and you will find knock and the door will be open to you so so think of that, here's Jesus is telling us that something we need to do. Prayer is the most powerful weapon in our spiritual arsenal. Yet it's the most I believe undervalued weapon in our spiritual arsenal as well. So if he says: me if he says, ask, seek, knock. I think we best be doing it because he knows that there's power there, and things are going to happen, the Indiana Jones Senior don't bring a knife to a gunfight yet as I was at that guide in response to the right crazy sore guy.
It changes the dynamic of the spiritual battle when you bring prayer and you bring in a gun. Don't fight a spiritual battle without thinking. Skip inmate we live, hearing and losing stories about how lives around the world of the impact of this ministry and you are a vital part of making that happen.
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