Summary: God is all we need.
How all is your all in Christ?
EPH. 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Did you know the t the word “ALL” is used some 5,675 times in the Bible? We know it is a small word but it means a great deal. Yet it seems we read over it and do not give much thought to it. If we read a verse with “ALL” in it and it does not catch our attention it will change what that verse is really saying. We find it used is “Jesus is Lord of all, our all mighty God, are ALL sufficient Savior, ALL blessing flow from Him and He is ALL that I need.” We have said God is my ALL and everything I need. This word ALL leaves nothing outside of God’s control.
It’s been called “The Most Famous Sermon in American History.” It was preached on July 8, 1741, by Jonathan Edwards in the tiny community of Enfield, Connecticut, and was entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” His text was Deuteronomy 32:5, “their foot shall slip in due time.” He warned those who were unbelievers that they were dangling over hell like a spider over the fire. “O sinner! Consider the fearful danger. The unconverted are now walking over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that it will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen.” Suddenly there were cries of dismay and conviction coming from the crowd. After he paused long enough to appeal for calm, he concluded his message: “Let everyone that is out of Christ, now awake and fly from the wrath to come. The wrath of Almighty God is now undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation. Let everyone fly out of Sodom.” We’re told that men began literally to feel as if they were sliding in hell, so they held onto the pews in front of them. Others began to shake at the thought of their coming doom, and even rolled on the floor. All over the congregation men and women began to cry out to God, begging Him to save them. Five hundred people were converted to Christ that evening, sparking the beginning of The Great Awakening here in America. The secret? It wasn’t the preacher, though he was a brilliant theologian. It wasn’t the delivery, as some reports tell us that the sermon was delivered in a monotone in a very soft voice, Edwards reading it word for word, rarely lifting his eyes. What time has largely forgotten is that a group of women had gathered to pray, and prayed throughout the night before the sermon was preached that God would send revival. Have you ever heard of a down pouring from God such as this without prayer?
If we choose to believe that some things are out of God’s control we will give our lives over to worrying, being upset and will try to take control and change things in our own power. We will live our lives being worn out. We also will have unneeded tension and not be able to relax. Let us look at four aspects of the word ALL.