Evidence of God’s Power
We are in a series called “Getting to Know God.” Last week we started by looking at His omniscience, meaning He’s all-knowing. This week we’ll look at another attribute of God that is very fitting for the times and week we are experiencing. We will look at what theologians call the omnipotence of God, meaning God is almighty.
“Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17 NIV
God has unlimited power. He never gets tired. He never gets sick. Everything He does, He does easily. Nothing is ever too hard or difficult. It’s easy for him to answer a prayer and it’s just as easy for Him to create a universe. He’s all-powerful. Almighty.
Jesus: “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 NIV
Creation is a witness of God’s power. The sun produces more energy in one second than has been used in the history of the world. But it’s not as great as the power of the Creator who made the sun. Because something that powerful doesn’t just show up out of thin air.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display His craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make Him known.
Psalm 19:1-2 NLT
Every moment creation is a witness to the fact that God is powerful. God says, look outside! See God is powerful.
Our God is in heaven doing whatever he wants to do. Psalm 115:3 MSG
He’s omnipotent and he does exactly as he pleases. He doesn’t have to consult with anyone, get something passed, or get approval. And we’re either okay with that or we’re not. If you know God, if you know Jesus, this is very comforting because you know his character.
The Bible says that the universe was created at God’s command. He spoke the world into existence. We see the evidence everyday of God’s power. Where there is design you have to have a designer: Jesus Christ, for from Him, and through Him, and for Him are all things.
Jesus’ life displayed the power of God. He had power over nature. He calmed the storm. He spoke and the wind and waves became quiet. He spoke to a tree and it withered. Another time He turned water into wine. He had power over nature. He had power over illness and death. He healed the blind, the sick, the lame, the diseased. He raised people from the dead.
Even Himself. Jesus raised Jesus from the dead. He had power over the devil. He would command and displace demons. They were utterly afraid of him. Even starving in the desert and at his weaker moments, he would use God’s word and Satan was powerless. God’s power is awesome!
Before we move on in this post, we need to ask you to do something first. We want you to worship first. What we have already read about God is amazing, and we should not move on from this too quickly. Let’s make much of Him.
Throughout the book of Psalms you see these interludes. Your Bible might say, “Selah.” It’s a pause moment, an interlude. A chance to take a breath.
Weigh the meaning of what you have just read about God. Rest in the fact that God is almighty. So take a moment, literally a few minutes, and sit with this. Here’s an instrumental playlist you can have playing while you sit in wonder and awe of a God who is completely and eternally omniscient.
God’s Power in My Life
The amazing thing is that God is generous with His power and His name. He wants to share His power with you.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT)
That’s amazing! Incredible! He wants to share His power with you. There are so many people who never experience God’s power, who never come to a place where they recognize they are powerless, and then understand the incredible greatness of God’s power.
There are two primary areas were we struggle with power. Two power shortages in our life.
POWER SHORTAGE #1: The power of getting started
How many good things have you been postponing in the last six months? What would you like to change about yourself but you can’t get the motivation to get started? Do you ever find yourself paralyzed by not being able to get started?
How many addictions or bad habits, sins, have you wanted to stop but you can’t? The Bible talks about this and even gives us the reason we struggle.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18 NIV
The reason we struggle is not simply because we do sin, but that we are sin.We have a sinful nature. Sin doesn’t make you bad, it makes you dead. We are dead in sin and dead people are powerless. It’s why we can’t do the things we want to do, and we end up doing the things we don’t want to do.
GOOD NEWS: God can give me the power to perform
He can give me the power to get started. The same power that raised Christ from the dead, can raise me from the dead. You can’t get started without Christ. You can’t even do anything pleasing to him unless He first revives you. Just like you didn’t have anything to do with your physical birth, here’s nothing you can do to be born again without God’s work, not your own.
Once we get started we find that our sin nature is in battle with our new nature and we experience a new power shortage.
Power Shortage #2: The power to keep going
It’s one thing to get started but another thing to keep on keeping on doing what you know is right even when you don’t feel like it. God says I’m not only going to give you the power to get started, but I can give going to give you the power to keep on going.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13 NLT
God can actually work in you to change your desires. That’s a great thing to do. Instead of creating our own desires and then working in our power to please them, instead ask God to give you the desires you should have. Maybe you feel tired or powerless today, but God says, I want to help you keep on going. The Bible says that God can give me the power to keep on doing what is good.
GOOD NEWS: God can give me the power to persist
He can give me the power to not only perform but He gives me the power to persist. When you run out of air there is a second wind. There is ability that comes into your life, additional power not just to get started but power to keep going.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
God will give me the power to persist, because God’s power is unlimited He never gets tired. He never gets weary. He never goes to bed. He never gets tired of my prayer requests, of my talking to Him, of anything.
You might be thinking, “That may work for you but that doesn’t work for me. I’m a believer but I never felt God’s power in my life. I don’t know if this stuff really works.”
You’re probably exactly right! The fact is, God’s power is not automatic. Most Christians never key into God’s power in their life. They are just as defeated as unbelievers and just as tired and fatigued. The question then becomes “How do you get power to the people?”
How to Get God’s Power
- You admit your lack of power.
Our problem is that we think we’re omnipotent. We think we’re God. “I can handle anything. I can do everything. I don’t need rest” If you don’t believe it, look at your schedule. Who are you kidding? Admit your need for God’s power in your life. You can’t do it all on your own.
You are not going to reach every goal you set in life. You’re not going to make as much money as you may have thought. You are a human being. You have weaknesses. You’re getting older! What do you do when you realize you are weak?
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NIV)
God did not totally remove Paul’s weakness. He did not heal this thing. He had bigger plans for it. Again, God is all knowing and he knows what he’s doing with you.
- You believe in faith.
The key to personal power in our life is faith. Life with God is all about faith.
Jesus: ”Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23
Jesus: “According to your faith it will be done to you.” Matthew 9:29
What are you expecting God to do in your life? What are you expecting God to do through your life? He works according to faith.Since God has unlimited power, we should not limit Him because of our expectations of Him. We limit God by our own belief.
God has given us atomic bomb power and we live firecracker lives. There’s no problem too big for God and there’s no request that He can’t handle. He can create a universe, he can create a flower. It’s all equal. Then the issue really becomes your faith – what ar eyou willing to believe God for?
- Speak in faith..
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV
You must verbalize your faith. You must announce what you’re intending God to do. You must not just think it in your mind, you must announce it. The Bible says in the book of James that your tongue is the rudder of your life. It’s like the little rudder that moves the giant ship.
You talk to God about your marriage, about your job, about your health, about your finances, about your kids. those things. But, do you talk to those things about your God Jesus encouraged us to speak to the problem. This is why singing is valuable.
- Act in faith
You must step out in advance before the power is released. God wants you to take action even before you feel anything. The amazing thing is that God wants to share His power with you but you’ve got to follow the steps.
Some of you are waiting for God to do a miracle in your life and you think that you are waiting on God. In reality God is waiting on you. He’s waiting on you to take the first step.
The power will not be released until you take the first step.
Check back on your discussion from last week, “What God Knows About You.” How has knowing that God knows all about your failures, feelings, future, fear and faithfulness made a difference in your life? Any more thoughts or conclusions about that message?
The Bible says, “All things are possible with God.” God is almighty. He has unlimited power. He never gets tired. Everything he does, he does easily. It’s easy for him to answer a prayer. It’s just as easy for Him to create a universe.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
Psalm 19:1-2 NLT
But we have power shortages in our lives. We struggle to get going, and we struggle to keep going. The good news is, God can give us the power to perform and the power to persist.
Discussion & Application
Read Isaiah 40:28-31 with the group. Does anyone have any other Bible verses about God’s power they want to share?
- Jesus displayed God’s power over nature, illness, death and satan. What is your favorite miracle of Jesus? If you’re not familiar with any, read the verses referenced in your sermon outline.
- When do you wish you had God’s power in your life most?
- When have you been the most faith-filled in your life? What were the circumstances? What were your prayers like?
- How have you seen acting in faith and the feeling and the power following work out in your life? Forgiving someone? Loving your family? A situation at work?
Ask the group for how you can pray for and support one another this week. Also, pray for nations, states and community’s leaders. Pray for first responders and medical personnel. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
During these times, the church can be a light for Jesus Christ. We are a church on mission. How can you simply serve or check in on your neighbors and friends at this time?