Summary: A child's perspective of God. An advent series - 4 of 4
Faith Like a Child - 4
My God Can Do Anything
December 22, 2013
For the past 3 weeks we’ve been looking at what it means to have the faith of a child. We’ve talked about the fact that a child would say
My God is With Me
My God is For Me
My God Forgives Me
And as we look at the final week of this Christmas series, remember the scripture that this is based off of. It’s the time Jesus was with parents and their children. He was laying hands on them and blessing them and praying for them, and probably hugging them and loving them. The disciples thought this was a waste of time and tried to get the kids away from Jesus, but Jesus didn’t want that. He wanted to hang with them, because He felt the kids got what the adults couldn’t understand. So, in Mark 10:15 Jesus made this pronouncement ~
Truly, I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will . . . . . . never enter it. That’s a pretty bold statement to make, because many of the disciples would have struggled to make it into the kingdom with their attitude.
Jesus was saying, 'I want you to have faith in me, faith in God just like a little child would, to believe with the innocence and simple faith — just like a little child.'
If it’s possible, can you remember what it was like to hear the Christmas story for the first time? Maybe like you were a little child. The Bible teaches us that an angel of the Lord, don't just hear that and go, "Yea, yea, an angel!" I mean, we're talking a real angel! If you saw an angel you'd be taking a picture and it would be up on Instagram in seconds! An angel of the Lord appears to a teenage girl named Mary, who's a virgin. And the angel says:
28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you! “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
And this teen girl asks what any of us would have asked; she asked ~
34 And Mary said to the angel, How will this be, since I am a virgin?
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God..."
And verse 37 is our key verse for today; the angel of the Lord said what I want all of you to say. Say it with me ~
"For nothing is impossible with God."
Say it again, like you mean it! For nothing is impossible with God. All of a sudden 700-year old prophesies are about to come alive. God is going to do something a human being could not do. What is impossible for man is possible for God. And through a young virgin girl, God would become flesh and dwell in this world, and the angel declares the truth that I pray you'll believe like a child that nothing is impossible with God.
So, today, we’re looking at the OMNIPOTENCE of God. That means God is All-Powerful. You won't find the word omnipotent in the Bible, but you will find God described as Almighty about 350 times. And this word is only used for God.
So, as we look at the power of God. A child would say, "My God can do anything."
There is nothing impossible with my God! What is impossible with man is totally and completely possible with my God. My God can do anything.
Now, why is this so important? I can guarantee you that right now there are many of us who are facing impossible challenges, significant trials, situations we don't know how to get out of and we genuinely need the power of God, of the God who can do anything.
And I know there are those of you either in your life or in the lives of people that are very close to you that really need the faith to believe in a God who says, "With me all things are possible."
And so, today, is to show you the power of God, through the power of God’s Word. Hopefully we can believe a little more that all things are possible with God who can.
When we face something impossible, we often think, "I can't do anything about this," I believe a child would say: "My God can!"