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Summary: God is able to exceed your expectation, He is able to do exceedingly above all you can ask or imagine. God is able to do the humanly impossible in our lives

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GOD IS ABLE

Study Text: Ephesians 3: 14 - 21

Introduction:

- The word “Able” refers to the power one has by virtue of inherent ability and resources.

- “Able” describes that which has sufficient or necessary power, means, skill, or resources to accomplish an objective.

- God is able to exceed your expectation, He is able to do exceedingly above all you can ask or imagine. God is able to do the humanly impossible in our lives.

- It's good to be reminded of God's ability to answer and to do all that we ask and request. He has the power and the ability to do all that we ask of him or even imagine him doing.

- Therefore let's be bold and courageous in our praying. Let us bring what we consider to be our most impossible requests to God; let us be bold to bring all our wildest dreams to God for there is no danger of exhausting God's ability or power to answer.

- His power and grace is beyond all that we can ever ask. He is able to do what is beyond the bounds of possibility; he is able to do what seems to be unattainable

- We shall discuss the topic under three sub-headings:

1. The Description of His Ability

2. The Dimension of His Ability

3. The Demonstration of His Ability

1. The Description of His Ability

- God is all-powerful, and God’s power is infinite and unlimited. He can do with power anything that power can do.

- God has the power to do all he wills to do. He has both the resources and the ability to work his will in every circumstance in the universe. He is able to do everything he needs to do or wants to do.

- There are four categories of scripture that properly described the ability of God:

i. Nothing is too hard for God.

- “Ah, 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

- “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

ii. No one can stop God’s plans.

- “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2

iii. He made all things and all things serve him.

- “Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.” Psalm 119:91

iv. He does whatever he pleases.

- “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.” Psalm 115:3

- We naturally try to limit the eternal and absolute power of God to our own understanding or to our own concepts or to our own imagination but God's power is beyond that.

- That ought to first of all encourage us to pray and it ought to encourage us to believe when we pray.

- But based on His holy and unchanging character, there are at least four things the Bible says that God cannot do.

i. He cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13);

ii. He cannot lie (Titus 1:2);

iii. He cannot be tempted to evil (James 1:13); and

iv. He cannot change his basic nature (Numbers 23:19).

- In short, God will never act contrary to his own righteous, holy and unchanging character.

2. The Dimension of His Ability

i. He is ABLE to save to the uttermost.

- Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

- Jesus took our place that we might have his peace; he took our sin that we might have his salvation.

- When God saves us, our sins are forgiven and forgotten forever.

ii. He is ABLE to help them that are tempted.

- Hebrews 2:18 says: Since He himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested.

- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

iii. He is ABLE to subdue all things unto Himself.

- Phil 3:21 says: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

- God can take that which is even of no use and make it wonderful.

iv. He is ABLE to deliver from the fires of life.

- Daniel 3:17 says: If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

- The Devil will always scare us with the fiery furnace, threatening us that unless we bow, we will burn.

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