THE GREATNESS OF GOD
Sermon shared by Wayne Burnett
Summary: THE CHURCH HAS YET TO GRASP THE GREATNESS OF GOD
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
-Isa 40:12-31 (NLT) Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed out the mountains and the hills? Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to be his teacher or counselor? Has the LORD ever needed anyoneís advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best? No, for all the nations of the world are nothing in comparison with him. They are but a drop in the bucket, dust on the scales. He picks up the islands as though they had no weight at all. All Lebanonís forests do not contain sufficient fuel to consume a sacrifice large enough to honor him. All Lebanonís sacrificial animals would not make an offering worthy of our God. The nations of the world are as nothing to him. In his eyes they are less than nothing-- mere emptiness and froth. To whom, then, can we compare God? What image might we find to resemble him? Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains? Or is a poor personís wooden idol better? Can God be compared to an idol that must be placed on a stand so it wonít fall down? Have you never heard or understood? Are you deaf to the words of God-- the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant? It is God who sits above the circle of the earth. The people below must seem to him like grasshoppers! He is the one who spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them. He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing. They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and their work withers. The wind carries them off like straw. "To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?" asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name. And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away. O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? Have you never heard or understood? Donít you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
E. Depending on the greatness of God will fill us with victorious, overcoming power
IV. THE IMPORTANCE OF GODíS GREATNESS FOR THE SINNER
A. Regardless of whether the sinner realizes or acknowledges it, they are hopelessly lost
B. There is nothing the sinner can do to save himself or keep himself out of hell
-Eccl 8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
C. Sin is a cruel task master and itís reward is eternal separation from God
D. Godís greatness to the sinner
-Isa 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
E. Godís call for salvation is
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