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The God Who Knows No Limits

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Sermon shared by Timothy Peck

May 2000
Summary: God is not limited by space, knowledge, and power. What this means and how it applies to our lives for people investigating the Christian faith.
Series: Simply God
Audience: Seeker adults
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The God Christians worship is the God who has no limits. Thatís hard for us to even imagine, because most of our frustrations in life are a direct result of limitations.

Weíre limited by space because we can only be in one place at one time. A recent television commercial for a new minivan shows a guy driving between his sonís swim meet and his daughterís soccer tournament, and of course the minivan helps him get there at just the right times. I have news for you: they donít make a minivan fast enough to enable you to be in more than one place at one time.

Weíre also limited in our knowledge. The old adage is true, "The more you learn, the more you know how much you donít know". Living in an information based society like we do, we realize that weíll never know even a fraction of what we could know. We encounter more information in one issue of The New York Times than a person in 18th century England encountered in his or her entire life. Weíre constantly facing circumstances where we donít know what to do, trying to answer questions we donít know the answers to.

We also face limitations in our resources. As much as we like to pretend that weíre invincible, all of us have a breaking point; all of us reach the point of being physically exhausted, mentally spent, spiritually empty, and financially busted. Weíre overwhelmed with the needs around us, whether itís the transient at the gas station or a co-worker who canít meet his rent, yet we look at our own resource and realize how limited they are.

Because weíre so accustomed to these kinds of limitations itís hard for us to conceive of a God who isnít bothered by limitations. Weíve been in a series on Godís attributes called SIMPLY GOD. Two weeks ago we looked at God as three-in-one. Today weíre going to look at God as the God who has no limits. Weíre going to focus in on the fact that the Bible teaches that God is not limited by space, knowledge and power, and what this means to our everyday lives.

1. God Not Limited By Space (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

Weíre going to see in Jeremiah that God is not limited by space. Jeremiah chapter 23 deals with Godís condemnation of false prophets who claim to speak in Godís name but who speak lies.

Jeremiah 23:21 says, "I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied." These false prophets were giving the nation of Israel false hope, because they were speaking lies in Godís name, comforting lies, but lies nonetheless. Apparently these false prophets thought that God didnít see what they were doing.Here God reveals that heís a God whoís everywhere. †

Jeremiah 23:23-24ó"Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD (NIV).

Back in the ancient world gods were thought to be localized to their own domain, usually indicated by a temple or a shrine. It was commonly thought if you went beyond a particular godís territory you were no longer under that godís protection. But here we find that God describes himself as being both near and far. These false prophets have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. God fills heaven and earth, which means thereís no place in the universe that God is not present in.

God has no spatial
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