The One True God is All-Powerful
by Gini Crawford, MSW
God is omnipotent
Omnipotent means God is all powerful (Jeremiah 16:21). 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. How about you?
...For wisdom and power belong to Him. /...Saying, 'My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure'... Daniel 2:20b; Isaiah 46:10 NASB®
When God created, there was no human present to see that amazing event, but during the times of the Gospels, Jesus acted, and His miraculous power was seen by many. 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 forth. (John 2:1-12; Mark 1:29-42; 2:8-12; 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 immediately change death to life, sickness to health, need to plenty, a raging storm to calmness, and many more miracles?
God's power and love
God's power and love are a trustable and reassuring combination. Many leaders throughout history have done awful and quite horrifying things because they have the power to do them. Think of Hitler. Human power can be driven by self-interest, recklessness, or worse. However, God's power is always driven by His love. The reality about the One True God is this - He is all-powerful and can do whatever He wants, yet, out of love He willingly held back His all-powerful nature to suffer and die on the cross for us (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 1:18). Do you feel safe with God since His power is driven by His love? I certainly do!
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®
God's power is absolute
Many people just do not understand the infinite power the One True God has. There are movies, books and popular TV shows that portray the One True God's power as limited. If the hero or villain of the story is endowed with a so-called dark or light force, a magical box, or some spell or curse, then this person or group can manipulate God. If they knew about God from His Book, they would know how foolish their storylines really are. There is no force on this earth or in the universe, human or demonic, that has any power over God (Isaiah 40:10-26).
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. God certainly won't make us all powerful, but He has given us power in Jesus (Ephesians 1:18-20). We receive Jesus' power through the Holy Spirit coming to live within us when we believe in Him (Acts 1:8). God wants us to have access to the power we need to live the right way, which is His way, and we have that power through Him (Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:29).
...but the people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b NASB®
God's power in creation
I think many of you could quickly share an example of the power of God from creation. The example that comes to my mind is when we lived in the mountains. Since our elevation was close to 8,000 feet, the lightning bolts would strike in an extremely powerful way right by our house - you could feel their energy. It was very scary. Every time those storms would hit, they would make me realize God's immeasurable power.
The storms of life can be most frightening, but you need to remember your all-powerful God is with you. Go to Him in prayer. He will give you the power to overcome. (Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 4:6-7).
The power of God saves Daniel
Daniel chapter six 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 mouths of many hungry lions all night. Read Daniel 6:10-27.
Describe God's power from Daniel chapter six.
Why did Daniel trust in God to protect him? Would you have?
Explain an example of God's power in creation.
How does God being all-powerful help you?
I have noticed, when I am willing to acknowledge God and ask for His power; I abundantly receive His power to overcome anything, and my feeling of powerlessness is replaced by His peace and confidence (John 16:33; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 3:20).
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