Summary: Can you describe how powerful God is? This sermon examines the scriptures and God's creation to see how He has shown His great power to us.
In this lesson, I will be talking about the subject of the power of God. But there is an issue that we run into when we talk about this and pretty much every attribute of God: “How can a little finite mortal describe the power of our Creator? It is impossible to do it adequately, for God is so powerful and great and vast that our little minds cannot take it all in.” God only gives us glimpses of His power and glory in the scriptures. We only see the fringe of the garment. But with what the Lord does reveal to us, we will try our best to describe His power.
How would you define power? Power often in the scriptures signifies authority and dominion, and it is true that the Godhead has total authority over everything. This is what people mean when they say God is Sovereign. He reigns over everything He has created. Some other words that the Bible uses to refer to His sovereignty is Lord, Master, King, Potentate, Ruler, Reigns, etc.
Another way God’s power is defined in the Bible is God’s strength and ability.
Whenever we think of strength, we usually think of huge armies or big body builders that have a ton of muscle. But God has the strength to crush all of them with a touch of His finger. He possesses the ability to do whatever He wants to do. He can bring about whatever He pleases. The Bible refers to His strength often in the Bible, many times referring to it as His mighty hand and outstretched arm that we are seeing. One example is in Deuteronomy 26:8:
“And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.”
With these definitions of what God’s Power is, Let’s ask the question: “How much authority and strength does God have? It is limitless. He is all-powerful. We cannot have a right conception of God unless we think of Him as all-powerful. This is how the Bible reveals Him.
The term we usually hear describing this idea of God being all powerful is “Omnipotence,” which is a Latin word that means “all power.” As often as we hear this word being used to describe God, you would think that we would see it used a lot of times in the Bible to refer to God. But this is not the case. It is used only once in the Bible, in the King James and New King James Versions.
Revelation 19.6 - "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!"
Here is one verse that uses this term. Most other translations use a different term: Almighty. This word is used over 50 times in the Bible in reference to God.
(Psalm 91:1) He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
(2 Cor. 6:18) "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.
Revelation 1:8- "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (speaking of Jesus)
Here are two more verse that speak of God’s limitless power:
(Numbers 11:23). And the LORD (YHWH) said to Moses, “Is the LORD’S power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not”
(Jeremiah 32:17). “‘Ah Lord GOD (YHWH)! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee’”
Let’s look at some examples of the amazing displays of God’s power in the scriptures. Let’s look at some instances of God showing His mighty hand and outstretched arm to us.
The earliest manifestation of God’s power is seen in the creation of the world in which we live:
Romans 1:20 - "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."
Throughout Scripture, the creation of the world is cited as a compelling testimony of the power of God.
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
This is a simple statement that gives us a historical fact. God created. On each day (24hr day) of creation, we are told that “Then God said,” then He spoke something into existence. Can you fathom that? His word is so powerful, he can just speak everything into existence.