REFLECTIONS # 116: EITHER WE BELIEVE GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL OR WE DON’T
Updated: Jan 7, 2021
“My plan will take place, and I will do all My will…Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about; I will also do it” (Isa. 46:10-11).
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
GOD is omnipotent. He is all powerful. Nothing is impossible for Him. These are true statements. The question is not, “Is He?” The question is, “Do we believe He is?” GOD does not change, whatever we may believe about Him. He is GOD, omnipotent. Nothing is impossible for Him. He has a will. He does what He says He will do. That is bedrock truth. In the vernacular, “You can take that to the bank.” GOD is who He says He is, “I AM that I AM,” “The Ancient of Days,” “The Alpha and the Omega.”
Over the last several hundred years, the Church settled into a perspective of GOD as a benevolent being who loves us and will take us to heaven when we die. We lost the sense of GOD’s omnipotence for the here and now, His majesty, and His awe. We lost the understanding that He is the Holy, Mighty, and Terrible GOD who must be reverenced and obeyed. His eternal love is accompanied by His holiness and justice. His message has always been:
“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him” (Deut. 30:19-20 NIV).
Choose life. Choose blessings. Trust HIM. Have faith in HIM and His Word. GOD’s desire is to bless us. His passionate desire is that we choose life and blessings rather than death and curses! On the one hand God offers us life and blessings; on the other hand the enemy offers death and curses. Seems like a pretty obvious choice, a no-brainer, doesn’t it? And yet billions make the wrong choice. Why? Because they either do not believe that GOD exists, or they don’t believe He does what He says He will do; or, even more tragically, knowing He is GOD, they deliberately choose their own way and own will over His way and His will. They choose death over life.
Either we believe GOD is all-powerful or we don’t. Remember, He IS all-powerful, whether we believe it or not! But if we believe that He is, then because we know we are His children (Gal. 3:26), He loves us (John 3:16), and His plans for us are for our good (Jer. 29:11), we can have peace (John 16:33) about whatever is going on in our lives. We can even give thanks in all things and rejoice in them (Phil. 4:4-7)!
Jesus gave us a huge key to a victorious, overcoming walk: “… Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).
As beloved children of the Almighty God, we can absolutely put our faith and trust in Him. It begins with believing and acknowledging who He is: GOD, omnipotent, holy, just, loving, merciful, faithful, righteous judge. We either believe He is these things or we don’t. If we do and if we live out that belief, we will see evidence of the kingdom of God and the fruit of the Spirit in our lives: righteousness, peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (Rom. 14:17, Gal. 5:22-23).
If, upon self-examination guided by the Holy Spirit, we find we are not seeing the fruit of the Spirit and the kingdom of God in our lives to the extent we should be, all is not lost. Do NOT let the accuser bring you into condemnation! God is not looking for and does not desire self-flagellation from us. He specifically does NOT want that!
“For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise” (See Ps. 51:16-17).
What GOD is looking for, what He wants to see is repentance, and when we repent He forgives us and sets us on the right path again. It’s that simple.
Our God is GOD, all-powerful, and He loves us with complete and consuming love. His plans for us are for our good. Whatever our need, whatever our crisis, He is able and willing to come to our aid. More than that, He earnestly desires to come to our aid as any good father would! All that He asks is that we believe with the simplicity, trust, and innocence of a child.
…believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
GOD bless you!