GOD IS ABLE Andy Hollifield 8-8-17
Romans 4:20-21 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
Able——(1) having necessary power, skill, or resources, or qualifications; qualified (2) having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc… (3) showing talent, skill, or knowledge (4) legally empowered, qualified, ar authorized
I could go on and on with the scripture because the word “able” is used 160 times in the bible. A lot of those times, it is talking about what God is able to do. A lot of the others are talking about what we are able to do and a lot more talk about what we aren’t able to do. However there is no scripture about what God isn’t able to do because “with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
I have to admit, I did plagiarise some of the thoughts in this article. To start with, the definition came from dictionary.com and a lot of the thoughts came from a message preached by Preacher Eric Sams at State Street Baptist Church in Asheville at Monday night prayer meeting. He used the verse in Ephesians 3:20 and preached a wonderful message about how that God can see right through our storms and is able to get us through them or take us out of them, or to calm the storm itself. Sometimes it just does us good to be reminded of stuff we already know and all the times God has proven himself. The book of 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
There are a lot of times when it is awfully easy to get discouraged and grow cold and indifferent on God in some situations. Especially those that rip your heart out that you can’t do anything about. I have had one of those recently that has kept me busy in prayer. I know that we all are bad to have them and sometimes we are prone to forget where our help comes from. Psalms 107:6 says “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.” Psalms 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (2) My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” The fact of the matter is that sometimes we just get weak and think it is something that even God can’t fix. Have I got some good news for you? There is nothing too hard for the Lord! As Peter stepped out of that boat, I am sure as he threw his leg over the side, he thought God is able. When the three Hebrews were about to go into the furnace, they told the king that whether God delivered them or not, they would not bow to his idols. When they were in there, the king even saw a fourth man loose, unhurt, and walking around. Have you ever wondered how that the ropes could have burnt off but none of their clothes even had the smell of smoke on them? Also, have you ever wondered how the king knew who the fourth man was? There is also the story of Daniel being cast into the den of lions. Isn’t it amazing how God brought Daniel out after a good nights sleep while the king had been pacing the floor. Then there is also the story of Jonah. God prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah and then had it to vomit him out three days later and had Jonah, after that ordeal, to make it to Nineveh in one day. Then to top it all off, there were a hundred twenty thousand souls saved in that city.
My point is that God’s got this. He hasn’t gained one wrinkle with worry like we often do. We sell him short on the fact that he is fully able to keep that which I have committed to him. If I look back and take inventory of my life, I will have to say that there have been some pretty upsetting stuff that has gone on in my life. But not one time in all of my 52 years, have I seen him fail even once. God truly is able. Jeremiah said in chapter 32:17 that “…there is nothing too hard for thee…” I don’t find anywhere in God’s word where that has ever changed. “He is still able to keep that which I have commited unto him against that day.” What about you? Have you grown weak and forgotten that God is still able to meet your needs and move in your situation and get glory out of your situations? God is still on the throne, all is still well, and there’s a miracle in the making just for you. God is able! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!