WELL ABLE                                                                                                                                    Andy Hollifield 12-13-18

Numbers 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

I am encouraged when I read scriptures where someone is talking about how able God is. One of my favorites is 2 Corinthians 9:8 where Paul writes “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” All grace! Not just a little bit but all. Ain’t that a blessing. Do you realize what that means? It means that he is willing if necessary to use all the assets of heaven and be everything you need in any and all situations. Think about that one for a minute; that means you will never encounter anything that God can’t get you through. God told Paul that his grace was sufficient (enough) and that his strength is made perfect in our weakness. His strength and grace. It gets better.

Hebrews 7:25 says “Wherefore he is able to also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Christ is able to completely, fully, and totally save anyone that comes unto God in his name. That means not claiming our own works but claiming the work that he did on Calvary. After all, Isaiah 64:6 tells us that all of our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. I am glad that I have more than my works to count on. I also like the last part of that verse; “He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” He always lives for the purpose of interceding to God on our behalf. On behalf of all those that he has saved to the uttermost which means “of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, etc..” That’s according to Dictionary.com. That means that we can’t possibly be more saved than what we are and that is because God has made all grace abound towards us. Abound means “to be rich or well supplied, or to be filled.” To occur or exist in great quantities.” That is God’s grace abounding toward us. We are the target of his grace and he always hits his target. Ain’t that good?

Two of the most well-known verses talking about God’s ability are found in Daniel 3:17 and 6:20. In 3:17, immediately prior to being thrown into the fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar for not bowing to his idol, the three Hebrews make a bold stand. They told the king that their God was not only able to deliver them out of his hand, but that he would. In verse 16 is one of the boldest statements they made. In so many words they told the king that they didn’t even have to think about it. Verse 18 says they were not going to bow and even if God didn’t deliver them, they still wouldn’t worship his idols. Why were they so bold? Because they were the target of all of God’s grace. In 6:20, King Darius was a heathen king that got played by some political wannabes, and wound up throwing his friend Daniel into a den of lions. After a sleepless night, he came to the den calling for Daniel and asked him if his God was able to deliver him. Verse 23 says the king was “exceeding glad for him.” In verse 24 he passed judgement on those wannabes. What shut the hungry lion’s mouths? God’s abounding grace that saves to the uttermost.

In Acts 20:32, Paul tells the brethren that God’s grace is able to build them up and give them an inheritance among the sanctified. In 2 Timothy 1:12 Paul told Timothy that he was persuaded that God was able to keep all that he had committed to him. How did God persuade him? By making all grace abound towards him in his past experiences. Jude said in verse 24 that Jesus is even able to keep us from falling. In Matthew 9:28 Jesus asked the question, Do you believe I am able? In John 10:28-29 Jesus declared that not only was he able to keep us, but his Father was even greater and he could also keep us. In Romans 4:21 Paul states that what God has promised he is able to do. In 8:39 he declares that God’s love is able to keep us from being separated from him. Ephesians 3:20 says that he is able to do “exceedingly abundantly, above all that we ask or think.”

Well, are you encouraged yet? Ain’t it good to know that we serve a God that is able. By the way, the first Dictionary.com definition of able is “having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications.” I would say that describes our God to a “T”. He definitely has the power and skill and his resources is “all grace.” Qualifications? He is the creator of the universe and he made it by speaking it into existence. What could we possibly have any question about? I would have to agree with Caleb; when we are trusting in the Lord and obedient, we are also “well able” to overcome anything the world throws at us. Jesus told us in John 16:33 that we would have tribulation in the world; but to be of good cheer because he has already overcome the world. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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