Summary: Sixth message in a series on the attributes of God and how we are to reflect them. This message deals with God’s power and how we can trust Him.
KNOWING GOD - #4
He is Able
I’ve got a good feeling about this message today. I’ve been looking forward to this all week.
As you know, we have been looking at the attributes or character qualities of God. We have looked at His love, His glory, His compassion, mercy, and His forgiveness.
This morning we are going to look at the fact that He is able. Able to do anything. But we will look at 6 things in particular.
My purpose this morning is to give you a glimpse of our all-powerful God, and my prayer is that you will leave here today excited, possibly more excited than ever before about our awesome God.
I hope you will pick up my sense of excitement as we get through the message. And I hope it is an encouragement to you, no matter what you might be going through today.
I need to give credit for something real quick here. The outline we are using is not mine. I got this from Dr. Earle C. Wilson, one of the General Superintendents of the Wesleyan Church.
At the Pastors and Wives conference a couple weeks ago, he spoke on how to improve our preaching (no amens, now, okay?), and he offered this outline for us to use someday.
The message is mine, but the outline is his.
And it fit just beautifully with what we were covering, so I am using it today.
So, because we have a lot of ground to cover, I want to get right into our outline, and I would like you to turn in your Bibles to Hebrews 7:25, which is on page 849 of the Bibles in the seats.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Our first point this morning is that God is able to…
I. Save to the uttermost.
The King James Version uses the term “uttermost” instead of the word “completely,” but you get the idea.
God doesn’t just save us somewhat. He didn’t kinda save us. He doesn’t just save us a little bit. He doesn’t save us halfway. He saves us completely. And that is something to shout about, folks!
We don’t have to walk around wondering if the salvation He offers will get the job done.
The job’s already done, and it’s done completely! There’s nothing we can add, and there’s nothing He can add, because there’s nothing more to add.
Thank God and get excited about that, folks. You can sleep well knowing that your salvation is complete.
And keep in mind who did the saving: God Almighty, Creator of the heavens and earth.
He is able to save you to the uttermost.
And here’s another part of that verse that just blows me away: He always lives to intercede for them.
Now how’s that for awesome. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is up there praying for you and me.
Why do you think He would need to do that? Look around at our world, with all its evil, pain, and suffering, and you’ll see why.
It’s one thing to know someone godly is praying for you, but it’s quite another to have the Lord Jesus praying for you.
In Brookings, there is a lady named Ellene Jensen. She is who we named our youngest daughter after. But everyone just calls her Mrs. J.
Anyway, if she is praying for you, you could just count on it being a done deal. I mean, she has the ear of God like few people have. And just knowing that she is praying for my family and ministry here, and for you as well, is an honor.
But as much as I am honored and comforted by knowing I am on Mrs. J’s prayer list, it can’t compare to being on Jesus’ prayer list, amen?
Thank God for not only the sacrifice of Christ, but the prayers of Christ as well.
He is able to save us to the uttermost.
Next, please turn back a few pages to Hebrews 2:18, which is on page 847.
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Our second point this morning is that He is able to…
II. Succor the tempted.
What you mean by that, Preacher?
“Succor” basically means to aid, or help. And as we saw in the verse, He is able to help when we are being tempted.
Two things here:
First, you will be tempted. Make no mistake. In fact, I am willing to bet my new house on the fact that everybody in here has already been tempted to sin in one form or another, and countless times.