When we consider God, we are considering the Maker of all creation, the Maker of all that is and has been made. God, is so above us in scale, form and capacity that He is simply unimaginable and unfathomable for us.
To sum up God is plainly impossible, and even the trite description of God being omnipresent (in all places at one time), omnipotent (all powerful) and omniscient (all knowing) just sums up what little we know of God, let alone how to begin to write it down and describe Him.
However, God has given us His Word, the Holy Bible, for our use, such that we can come to know God in very personal ways. The Holy Bible is a very important book for God and for us His children, for as Psalm 138:2b tells us:
“For You have magnified Your word, over all You name.”
In other words, God holds His word, the Christian Holy Bible, higher than He holds His own name!! How wonderful is that?
In his Epistle (letter) to the Romans, the Apostle Pauls talks of how important God is to him, and how important is the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. As Paul says in Romans 1:16-17
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'”
Here we have this simple, yet incomprehensible phrase, “the power of God”. In this case, the Greek word for ‘power’ used here is ‘dunamis’ [δύναμις]. The root of this word is the same word root for the English words ‘dynamo’ and ‘dynamite.’ Thus the power of God means inherent power and force (literally and figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself). In the New Testament in this context it also means: – ability, abundance, meaning, might (as in mightily and mighty deed), (worker of) miracles, power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work. (see Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary.)
While God is all powerful and all knowing, unbelievable as it may seem, God has chosen to work through us, His sinful and broken creations. Perhaps because we were made in His image, much to the upset of Satan, God has more trust in us than we rightfully have in ourselves; that God’s will and God’s works will be worked out through us eventually to His satisfaction and to His ends. A humbling though.
In the New Testament, God has listed out a number of areas which are His. In other words: It is God Power to:
Produce the new birth:
First Peter 1:23“… having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the living Word of God, and abiding forever.”
Romans 1:16“… for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Acts 20:24“But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus Christ, to testify fully the gospel of the grace of God.”
Establish in the Faith:
Romans 16:25“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, having been unvoiced during eternal times.”
Romans 10:17“Then faith is of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
John 8:31-36“Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
They answered Him, We are Abraham’s seed and were never in bondage to anyone. How do you say, You will be made free?
Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever practices sin is the slave of sin. And the slave does not abide in the house forever, but the Son abides forever. Therefore if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Nourish spiritual Life:
First Peter 2:2“… desire the sincere milk of the Word, as newborn babes, so that you may grow by it.”
Cleanses the Church:
Ephesians 5:26“… that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word.”
Searches our lives:
Hebrews 4:12“For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Makes us partakers of Christ:
Ephesians 3:6“… that the nations should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partaker of His promise in Christ through the gospel.”
Second Timothy 1:10“But it is now having been manifested by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has made death of no effect, bringing life and immortality to light through the gospel …”
Romans 10:15“And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!”
Ephesians 6:17“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God …”
Gives fullness of blessings:
Romans 15:29“And I am sure that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.”
These are but 14 expressions of the Power of God as He describes in the Bible. When we start to consider these expressions in our own lives, we see immediately just how much we depend on God, and how to take Him for granted and think of ourselves more highly than we ought. All the blessings above are works which only God can do for us. Despite what we may think and reason, we just cannot do these for ourselves – the Bible – God, says so!
However, God imparts these blessings into our lives simply because He loves us. There is no other explanation needed than that. Certainly it is not because we are deserving! No, we are His broken vessels and it is simply the joy of God the Father to work through us.
Amen and Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come before you as a sinner and a broken and leaking vessel. When I consider how much you have done for me, I am humbled. I thank You Father from the bottom of my heart.
You are indeed a God of Love and I pray that You will give me a new heart which will be able to return that love to You in new and powerful ways, for only You are worthy.
Please use me Lord, such that Your Kingdom will be honoured and Your plans and Your destiny for me will be fulfilled, just exactly as You have planned. Oh Lord God, I lay my will down at Your feet and I ask You to lead me from now on.
In the mighty name of The Lord Jesus Christ I pray.
Amen and Amen and Amen.