Do we truly believe that God sees and knows everything, including our hidden pains and even our deepest thoughts? Because he has complete knowledge of his whole creation, he plans its path with intimate care.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
God is all powerful. No barriers exist between what he wills and it being accomplished. Believers may easily agree with this view, but few understand the true significance of it for their relationship with God.
Once a woman named Celeste Horvath was New York’s most notorious madam, running a prostitution ring that catered to some of the nation’s most famous men. Celeste had grown up in a Pentecostal home, and her praying grandmother had prophesied over her, “You’re going to be an evangelist.”
In the days of the early church, this is what the body of believers said, “They lifted their voices together to God and said, ‘Sovereign Lord…who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed”’” (Acts 4:24-26, ESV).
In 1989 I traveled to eastern Canada, conducting evangelistic meetings and testifying of the goodness of God in various churches that were in need of encouragement. Now when you return home from any season of traveling, you usually expect to find some personal rest and comfort. The last thing you expect to find is your house burned to the ground.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Gary has been studying the attributes of God and this week, he explores God's omnipotence.
Undoubtedly, this generation has taken the sin of unbelief too lightly and right now, we are seeing the tragic results. Many believers are in depression and unrest; of course, some suffer for physical reasons, but many others endure such suffering because of their spiritual condition — often brought on by unbelief.