What are God's attributes?

Digging Deeper in God's Omnipotence

Is there anything that God cannot do?

 

                Genesis 18: 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD?

                – This is a rhetorical question that demands a NO for the answer.

                               

Is there anything that God cannot do?

 

        Matthew 18: 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

Is there anything that God cannot do?

               

                Can God create a rock so big that He could not lift it?

 

                Statement: God is able to do anything in harmony with His nature.

                                                *God will not contradict Himself.

                                                *God is free NOT to do things he could do.

 

                Can God make 2+2=6? He does not do anything irrational.

                Can God make a square triangle? Once again, he does not do anything irrational.

 

Is there anything that God cannot do?

 

                Yes, there are some things that God cannot do.

                        a. Lie (Numbers 23:19; I Samuel 15:29; Titus 1:2)

                        b. Change (Hebrews 6:18)

                        c. Be tempted by evil (James 1:13,17)

                        d. Deny himself (II Timothy 2:13)

                         e. Save anyone apart from Christ’s work (Romans 3:25-26)

 

 

Is there anything that God cannot do?

 

                There are some things that He has chosen NOT to do.

                         a. He chose NOT to save His Son from the cross.

                         b. He has chosen NOT to save everyone from Hell.

                         c. He has chosen to reveal himself to you today and thus make you responsible for what you do with this revelation.

 

What will you do with this knowledge today?

 

God is able to do anything that is not contrary to His nature.

 

At this time, I want you to think about your life. I want you to reflect upon something in your life that you are having a hard time with, something that is overwhelming you, something that is over powering you, something that seems impossible to beat.

                Do you have this thing clearly in your mind?

 

And while keeping this event, circumstance, person, thing in your mind – I want you to consider today’s sermon in light of that impossible thing.

 

Today, we are going to consider the omnipotence of God; the all powerful strength of God. Ask the following question concerning that impossible thing in your life… Who is stronger? Why is this thing still able to overpower me? What must I do so that the almighty God will have his way in my life?

 

Let me suggest to you that the place to begin is at the foot of the cross and plead for the mercy of God to show His power in your life concerning that specific thing. At the end of this sermon, if you are still not sure how to overcome that thing in your life then come to see me and let us talk about what needs to be done.

Omniscience - God knows me intimately so that He can protect me perfectly.

Omnipresence – God can help me completely for He is present everywhere.

Omnipotence - God is able to do anything therefore I can overcome all things.

 

What right does God have in claiming that He is all powerful? What proof does God have to back up His claim?

You see this question asked in Psalm 24:10

Psalm 24:10 Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory.

 

I. God is almighty in nature, Psalm 24.

 

What has God done that we should ascribe to Him glory and call Him the almighty?

 

                A. God is the creator.

                Psalm 24: 1 The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it upon the

                seas and established it upon the waters.

 

                Psalm 104

                

 

                B. God is the controller.

 

                Psalm 29

                              

 

                Marvel Cave in Silver Dollar City is a naturally developed cave that took many years and its interesting features are a result        

                of being under an ocean at one time. BUT this happened a long time ago and took many years. As Connie and I listened to                 the tour guide we gave each other a knowing look…Noah’s flood.

 

It was by the voice of the Lord that the heavens were created. It is by the voice of the Lord that nature is controlled. It is by the power of His word that the heavens are sustained. God is almighty in nature.

 

II. God is almighty in deliverance, Psalm 50.

 

                God delivered David from the bear, the lion, Goliath, Saul, and Philistia.

 

                A. God is the just deliverer.

                Psalm 50:1-21

 

                                1. Omnipotent Judge, vss. 1-6.

                                                The Mighty One summons the earth to be judged.

                                                When was the last time you summoned the earth to do anything.

 

                                2. Omnipotent Deliverer of the righteous, vss. 7-15.

                                                The Knowledgeable God will deliver His own.

 

                                3. Omnipotent Rebuker of the wicked, vss. 16-21.

                                                The Knowledgeable God will rebuke those who are not His own.

                B. Deliverance, Psalm 66:5-6, 18, 105.

 

                                1. The Almighty delivers us from our enemies, even death.

                                                Psalm 18:1-6

 

                                2. Remember the works of God through the nation of Israel.

                                                Psalm 105

 

III. God is almighty in loving protection, Psalm 62.

 

 

                A. The protection of the almighty brings victory, Psalm 54.            

 

 

                                1. The Almighty sustains us through our difficult times.

                                2. The Almighty delivers us out of all our troubles.

 

 

                B. The protection of the almighty brings a restful salvation and hope, Psalm 62.

 

                Notice the all of the words used to describe our almighty God…

                                God is our salvation, rock, fortress, mighty rock, refuge, strong, and loving.

 

                                1. We find salvation in God alone.

                                                1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

 

                                                It is when we look in other places that we do not find rest.

                                                It is a constant struggle to try to rest in the world and her ways for she is a tyrant of ceaseless labor.

 

                                2. We find hope in God alone.

                                                5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

 

                                                It is when we hope in the things of this world that we do not find rest.

                                                The things of this world cannot fulfill hope for the things of this world are temporary and fleeting.

                                                Hope can only come from God and when you hope in God then you will find rest.

 

                                3. God alone is our rock and fortress.

                                                2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

                                                6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my

                                                honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

 

                                Having God as your fortress does not mean that there will be an absence of war.

                                Think about it! Why would you need a fortress in a time of peace? God is our fortress because there is a war.

                                Therefore, do not conclude that if you run into the fortress of God that He will remove the war. NO! Rather God is                                             our strength in the war and our salvation through the battle!

 

                                Psalm 24: 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

 

You may say, ‘If God is our strength and salvation, if God is our rest and hope then why am I not experiencing this salvation and hope? Why do I live in failure?’ Let me read to you another verse in Psalm 62: 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him,

for God is our refuge.

 

                Sometimes we do not experience this salvation, hope, and rest because we do not trust Him at all times.

                Sometimes we do not experience this victory because we do not pour out our hearts to him.

                                We give up way too easily. Our hearts become weighed down with a matter and then we lift up a token prayer                                                 thinking that God will honor that, but these verses say that we must pour out our hearts to God.

                Sometimes we do not experience this victory because we do not want to be delivered from our sin.

                                We have become so used to its presence that we truly do not desire for it to be gone.

Notice that God’s strength is eternally joined with His love.

 

 

God’s ultimate display of omnipotent love was displayed in the cross.

God’s ultimate display of power was displayed in the resurrection.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

God is able to do anything therefore I can overcome all things.

 

A logging foreman sold a farmer a chainsaw guaranteed to cut down fifty trees in a single day. A week later, a very unhappy farmer came to report that the power saw must be faulty – it averaged only three trees a day. The foreman grabbed the saw, pulled the cord, and the saw promptly went, ‘Bzzzzzzzzz.’ The startled farmer demanded, ‘What’s that noise?’

 

Response to God’s power… Psalm 66:1-4.

 

Significance of God’s omnipotence:

                Confidence: God can keep His word.

                Obedience: We are able to do what He says to do.