By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
OUR GOD IS ABLE
God's people need to be awakened to His power.
Because God does not work in an "OPENLY direct" manner in the lives of men
today, many people think He has lost His power.
Just because God works through the agency of His earthen vessels, (men),
it does not mean that He is not powerful.
Phil. 2:14 - "for it is God who works in you to will and to act according
to his good purpose."
Heb. 2:4 - "God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles,
and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will."
Mark 16:20 - "Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the
Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it."
Our God is ABLE. He has the power to help us.
In this lesson we will study seven things that prove to us that "OUR GOD IS ABLE."
OUR GOD IS ABLE: TO MAKE ALL GRACE ABOUND.
II Cor. 9:8.
Context: Paul encourages them to collect the promised bounty.
"If your received from God and refuse to give to others, God's grace will not continue."
If God is able to make grace abound to you, you can make a collection to help others.
Grace is our salvation.
Grace is available for all men.
Where sin abounds, grace abounds.
God can save the most sinful person if his tenor of life is right.
Not if the tenor of life is wrong - 6:1.
OUR GOD IS ABLE: TO DO ABOVE ALL WE ASK OR THINK.
Most are afraid to ask for anything.
Our fear is brought on by a lack of faith in God's power.
Men of old called on God for deliverance because they had faith in His power.
Dan. 3:8-18 - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Dan. 6:16-23 - Daniel.
People of Egypt - held in bondage for 430 yrs.
Our prayers to God are not even a challenge to God.
We need to pour out our dreams and desires to God.
OUR GOD IS ABLE: TO SUCCOR (HELP) ALL THOSE WHO ARE TEMPTED.
Our High Priest: Jesus (God in the flesh).
He knows our trials.
Matt. 4:1-4 - tempted with lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life; just like us.
OUR GOD IS ABLE: TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING.
V. 5 - Israel out of Egypt.
V. 6 - Angels.
V. 7 - Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them.
These fell; stick with God and He will stick with you.
Advice: I Cor. 10:12.
I Cor. 10:13.
God always provides a way of escape. We do not have to sin.
OUR GOD IS ABLE: TO SUBDUE ALL THINGS UNTO HIMSELF.
Phil. 3:17-21, (21).
Subdue: Military term: to put under subjection; to bring order to.
Context: those who are walking disorderly.
We can become the conquerors through the power of God.
OUR GOD IS ABLE: TO RAISE THE DEAD.
He will also raise us up.
The grave will not conquer us.
The grave is not the end for man. It is only the beginning.
OUR GOD IS ABLE: TO SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST.
The ascension of Jesus gives us assurance of salvation.
Our God is able to relieve your load of care.
Do you believe in God's power to work in your life?
His power to save is in the Gospel - Rom. 1:16.
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