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The One True God is All-powerful

Day Seven
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God is omnipotent. This means He is all powerful. No one or nothing can stop God from doing what He wants. His control is absolute; no person or entity can control God. (Jeremiah 16:21)

...For wisdom and power belong to Him... Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure'; Daniel 2:20; Isaiah 46:10 NASB®

Many leaders throughout history have done awful and quite horrifying things because they have the power to do them. Think of Hilter. Human power can be driven by self-interest, recklessness, or worse. However, God's power is always driven by His love. Think about this: The One True God is the self existent One, Who is all-powerful and can do whatever He wants; yet, out of love He willingly humbled Himself by dying on the cross for us. (1 Corinthians 1:18; Ephesians 2:4-5) Do you feel safe in God since His power is driven by His love?

Once God has spoken; Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God; And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord... Psalm 62:11-12 NASB®

The One true God spoke and the power of the universe went forth: The heavens and earth were created, the sun and moon appeared, the mountains and oceans were formed, the birds, fish and animals took shape, we were created, and so on. When I think God spoke the universe and our world into being without lifting a finger, I am dumbfounded with such power. (Genesis 1) How does knowing God is all-powerful influence your life?

During the times of the gospels, Jesus acted and His power resulted in miracles: The water became wine, the dead rose to life, the leper was healed, the storm immediately calmed, the two fish fed thousands, the blind saw, demons obeyed, the lame walked, and so on. (John 2:1- 11; Mark 1:29-42; 2:11- 12; 4:35- 41; Mark 5:38-42; Mark 6:34-44) Wouldn't it have been quite thrilling to have seen the power of the universe go forth and cause miracles?

No one in history except Jesus has been all powerful. Some people would like to be all powerful, but thank God they are not. Power does seem to corrupt sooner or later. As Christians, God certainly won't make us all powerful, but He has given us power in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:19-20) He also wants us to have access to the power we need to live the right way, which is His way. We get His power by being connected to His Spirit. (Acts 1:8)

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love... 2 Timothy 1:7 NASB®


Life Application:

Read Daniel 6. Chapter 6 is the popular Bible story of Daniel in the lions' den. Because of God's absolute power over everything, God easily kept Daniel safe from the mouth of many hungry lions all night. Write down any insights you might have. How does God being all powerful help you? My answer: When I feel powerless in a situation, I pray to the One True God, Who controls the mouths of hungry lions, to lead and empower me to overcome that situation. (Romans 8:37, 15:13)


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