Summary: Life can get tough at times but what ever you going through God is able to see you through.
Is God able?
As we go through life living it out day by day we ultimately will face many troubles, hardships, trials and tribulations. As we pass through troubled times, we will inevitably come face to face with a real question. A question, we sooner or later must all ask ourselves. It’s a question that only has three words. Individually these words have no real significance in and of themselves, but when put together, they leave some with a sense of hope; for others it leaves them with a sense of helplessness. I am sure everyone in this room has pondered this question one time in their life.
The question is “Is God able?”
Picture it…Moses is standing before this burning bush having a conversation with the most Holy God. And God tells Moses to go to pharaoh and tell him to free the Israelites. Now this is a big undertaking. Go to pharaoh and tell him to free the Israelites. Yeah right. I believe that if there was ever a time when Moses asked himself this question if God is able it was right now. Actually I would say that Moses probably asked himself this question on many occasions.
Can you picture it; he is standing before the red sea. The Egyptians are on their way to slaughter them, they are scared to death, thinking that it was probably best to not have left. Now if there was every a time in these Israelites minds that they would ask themselves this most powerful question. If there was ever a time that each person would wonder
Fourteen years ago, Sandy met her husband, Mitch. The marriage at first was a happy marriage. Like every marriage they enjoyed being together all the time. But as time went bye she watched their happy marriage crumble as Mitch succumbed to alcoholism. Mitch became verbally and physically abusive to Sandy and their daughter, Jacqueline. After years of abuse, he would finally leave without a trace. Even though it was healthier to have an abuser out of their lives, his absence also brought its own problems. When Mitch left, he cleared the family’s bank account. “They didn’t have money for food, rent, or anything,”
And that’s when everything started to fall apart for Sandy and Jacqueline. Their dog, “Puppy,” died and Sandy’s mother got sick and nearly died, too. Their challenges continued to mount. Sandy even had her laundry stolen and Jacqueline did not have any clothes to wear to school the next morning. “She felt like she was in hell,”
Now if there was any time in Sandy’s life that she would ask herself this question it was at this moment in time.
I can remember a story of a young boy sitting with his friend outside the doors of a catholic church. They were recovering from a night of hard partying. There were drugs and alcohol involved and they knew the life they were living was going to lead them nowhere. They both said a prayer asking God for His help. He knew he needed to change but didn’t have the strength. The young boy to this day can remember wondering this same question.
“Is God Able?”
It is interesting to note that the apostle Paul knew the answer to this question when he wrote.
Ephesians 3:20 answers this question very clearly. Paul had been through a lot. He was flogged, ship wrecked, stoned, put in prison. During this Paul learned a lot about God. That’s why he was able to confidently write in
20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
This scripture doesn’t just say God can do it. He said God can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. So if you can imagine it God can do exceeding abundantly above all that. I can get excited about this.
Exceeding, abundantly. Now that’s what I am talking about. If you can’t get excited about that…..You cant get excited. When you think about the fact that God can do exceedingly abundantly above, ALL that we ask or even “THINK” Now that’s an amazing God.
Let’s to try and clear it up lets see what God is able to do.
1. When the Enemy is at your door “He is able” to save you.
a. That’s what Moses learned.
b. Tell short story of Moses learned.
c. Is the enemy at your door?
d. I know he is at the door of many in this world. Just look around.
i. He is trying to take our mind away. Just look at television. You can’t watch a decent show that doesn’t destroy every bit of family values. Long gone are the days of watching TV with the family and expecting to see something good.