Summary: Behold Your God - God's power. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Ephesians chapter 3 verses 14-21
• This morning I want us to centre our thoughts on just two verses;
• That we read in Ephesians chapter 3 – they are verses 20&21.
• These two verses are about like gun powder;
• They might be small but boy are they filled with explosive insights.
• I like the story of the arrogant, prideful lion,
• Who wanted to remind other animals how great he was.
• He went to the gazelle and roared, "Who is the king of the jungle?"
• Trembling, the gazelle answered, "Why, you are, mighty lion."
• He went next to the giraffe and roared, "Who is the king of the jungle?"
• Fearful, the giraffe answered, "Why, you are, mighty lion."
• Next, he went to the monkey and roared, "Who is the king of the jungle?"
• Startled, the monkey answered, "Why, you are mighty lion."
• Finally, he went to the elephant and roared,
• "Who is the king of the jungle?"
• The elephant reached out and grabbed the lion with his trunk,
• Slammed the lion to the ground several times, and flung him at last into a large boulder.
• As the lion lay there he said to the elephant,
• "Just because you didn’t know the answer, you didn’t have to take it personally."
This morning we are looking at another attribute of God.
• The fifth in our series called; ‘Behold Your God!’
• My topic this morning is ‘The Power of God’.
• These attributes are difficult of us to grasp;
• Because we have nothing to compare them with in our minds.
• e.g. you and I are limited in space but God is omnipresent.
• e.g. you and I are limited in knowledge but God is omniscient.
• e.g. you and I are limited in power -
• Yet God is omnipotent, or all-powerful.
• That word theologians use to describe the fact that God is ‘Omnipotent’;
• Meaning: ‘All-powerful, invincible, unstoppable, supreme’.
• It refers to the fact that God’s power is infinite and unlimited.
• e.g. He never grows tired (doesn’t need an afternoon nap);
• He never deteriorates with age (i.e. no hearing aid, no specs, no zimmer frame etc).
• e.g. His batteries never run down – He never needs recharging.
• e.g. He never runs out of fuel – He is always runs on a full tank.
• God’s power is infinite and unlimited.
• He is Omnipotent’;
No matter how hard you look - you will not find that word ‘Omnipotent’ in the Bible:
• The Bible defines God by another word - “Almighty,”
• Which occurs 345 times in the Bible,
• It is a word that is never used of anyone but God.
• God alone is the only one described as ‘Almighty’ e.g. as Psalm 89:8 says,
“O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord,
and your faithfulness surrounds you.”
Quote: I love how pastor, preacher and author A.W. Tozer puts it:
“God possesses what no creature can: an incomprehensible plenitude of power,
a potency that is absolute.”
• If you want an easier definition to remember try this:
• “Nothing is too difficult for God.”
• He is almighty, omnipotent;
• And he is able to do everything he needs to do or wants to do.
• And these two verses in Ephesians chapter 3;
• Remind us of this great truth!
(1). God is able:
• When I was a kid – I used to read Comic Books.
• Comic Book heroes - Spiderman; Thor, Fantastic Four, Superman; Batman etc.
• One of the best parts of a Comic Book was the Advertisements in the Back of the Book.
• They had the coolest stuff e.g. full of practical jokes & gadgets.
• e.g. You could buy Chewing Gum that would turn your victims teeth black;
• e.g. Sugar cubes that also contained fart powder.
• e.g. Ice-cubes that contained a trick fly frozen inside.
• They had all sorts of practical jokes - everything that a kid needed.
• They also sold gadgets and gizmos:
• One I remember was X-ray Vision Glasses.
• In the advertisement, there was a cartoon of a guy looking at his hand;
• And not only could you could see the outline of his hand,
• But you could also see all of the bones of his hand.
• His hand as a skeleton!
• Well muggings here - like so may other kids saved and saved and saved;
• Filled out the Postal Order (do you remember them?),
• Sent it off in the mail, and then waited.
• In those days it would take between 2 and 1,000 weeks for delivery.