God is Able
Do you believe God can do anything? Is there something you’re facing that makes you wonder if God is able to handle it? There are six accounts in the Bible where God declared that nothing is too difficult for Him.
1. When Confronting Abraham about Sarah’s Laughter and Unbelief
Abraham was entertaining three persons who appeared to him (A Theophany – God appearing in human form) and gave him the promise of having a son. Abraham and Sarah were advanced in age and past child bearing age.
Undoubtedly she had already gone through menopause. It was impossible for them to have a child in the natural. Sarah heard the promise from her tent door and laughed. And the Lord said, “Is anything too difficult for the LORD” (Genesis 18:14)?
Is there something you feel God has promised you that seems impossible? It may be so outlandish that if you told someone they would laugh. God’s question for you today is the same He asked Abraham, “Is anything too difficult for the LORD” (Genesis 18:14)?
2. In Relation to God’s Purposes Being Fulfilled
At the end of his trouble, trials and testings, Job said, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You” (Job 42:2).
What are you presently going through? What trial or time of testing are you facing? Do you believe God can do anything, and that nothing can thwart His purposes from being fulfilled? It’s one thing to believe in God’s ability when all is well, but quite another when, like Job, you’ve lost everything and your world is falling apart.
3. When Comparing His Ability to His Creative Power
In contemplating the creation of the universe, Jeremiah wrote, “Ah Lord God! behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee” (Jeremiah 32:17).
If God was able to create the heavens and the earth with His spoken Word, could there possibly be anything that is to hard for Him?
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).
4. In View of God’s Impending Judgment
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me” (Jeremiah 32:27)?
We see God’s omnipotence displayed even in the light of His judgment. When looking upon God’s end time judgment there are three Alleluias listed in praise to our God for His mighty power manifest in His judgments:
- “Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are His judgments.” – Revelation 19:1-2
- “Again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.” – Revelation 19:3-4
- “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him.” – Revelation 19:5-7
All flesh subject to Him. This also has to do with all flesh being in subjection to the Lord and under the power and control of God. “I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me” (Jeremiah 32:27)? He created us – all flesh or mankind and we are therefore subject to Him. Decree those for whom you’re praying, their lives and circumstances to be made subject to God and His will.
5. When Dealing with Mary’s Astonishment that She, as a virgin, would Give Birth to the Son of God
Mary was engaged to be married, and unlike most today, she had never slept with her fiancé. An angel appeared to her, telling her she was going to give birth to a son. In her astonishment she said, “How can this be, since I am a virgin” (Luke 1:34)?
The Angel’s response was, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also the holy child which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:35 and 37).
I love Mary’s response. It was one of faith. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THY WORD.” (Luke 1:38). Let’s respond to His promises in faith like this young women did.
David had a similar response to God’s promise to him, his household and descendants. “Therefore now, Lord, let the thing that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and DO AS THOU HAST SAID. Let it even be established, that Thy name may be magnified for ever” (1 Chronicles 17:23-24a).
6. When Dealing with the Impossibility of Man to be Saved
Jesus had just finished ministering to the rich young ruler, who said he had kept all the commandments from his youth. Jesus told him he lacked one thing, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell all that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions” (Matthew 19:21-22).
Jesus went on to tell his disciples it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples responded, “Who then can be saved? But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:25-26).
God is omnipotent and is able to do anything. No matter what you are going through or facing, our God is able! It may seem impossible in the natural, but let me assure you on the authority of God’s Word, He is able.
I’m personally going through something right now that seems impossible. There have been times that the situation seemed to be dealt with, but the same thing continues to raise it’s ugly head over and over again.
I’m reminded of something I read in Dake’s Annotated study Bible. “All men (Christians) believe God can do anything, but few believe that He will.” Will we dare to believe God is not only able to work in our situation but that He will?
6 Things God is Able to do:
1. God is Able to Save
“Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). The word uttermost in the King James Version can also be translated, completely and forever. God is able to save us completely and forever. No matter how messed up you are, or how far you’ve fallen into sin, God is able to save you completely and forever if you will surrender to Him with all your heart.
God is not only able to save completely and forever, He is also able to save the most unlikely candidate among us. Think of the one who seems so far from God, the likelihood of them ever giving their life to Christ is simply beyond comprehension. Let me encourage you, those are the very ones God specializes in. He specializes in hard cases.
Peter, after preaching the gospel on the day of Pentecost, told those who had responded, “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39). If there’s someone you’re praying for, but they seem almost beyond saving, be encouraged, our God has an affinity for those “who are afar off.”
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:25-26).
2. God is Able to Deliver Us
The three Hebrew children expressed confidence in God’s ability and said, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king” (Daniel 3:17). They not only expressed faith in God’s ability, but that He would deliver them – “He will deliver us”.
God is able to deliver us from sin and peril. “He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (Romans 11:26-27 KJV).
Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
“The angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them” (Psalms 34:7).
God is in the delivering business!
3. God is Able to Heal
“The blind men came to Him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto Him, Yea, Lord” (Matthew 9:28). Jesus is still in the healing business. He is able to heal us from whatever ails us. Whether we are suffering physically, emotionally, from depression, mentally, mental illness or from some sin that has us in it’s grip. God is able to heal us.
The key is, will we let Him? Jesus said to a lame man, “Do you wish to get well” (John 5:6)? Do we really want to be made whole? That was Jesus’ condition of healing and deliverance. Frequently, people appear to hate their illness or sin, but do they really want to be well? Do they truly want to be healed and set free from their illness or sin?
For those whose lives have thrown them into intense bondage, there is something that is necessary on your part. You must give your life to Jesus without reservation. It’s usually the case of those who have sold out to sin that they must fully surrender to Christ with all their heart. It’s then that salvation, deliverance and complete wholeness comes into their life. On the authority of God’s Word, God is still in the business of saving, delivering and healing.
4. God is Able to Keep Us from Falling
“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” (Jude 24). Once He has delivered us, God is more than able to keep us from falling into the same sins and traps that have previously held us in their grip. If we will cling to and hold onto Him, He will sustain us and keep us from stumbling.
5. God is Able to Keep Us from Temptation
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
When we are facing temptation on every front, God is able to deliver us and will provide a way of escape. We must, however, walk through the escape route He provides.
6. God is Able to Provide
“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” (2 Corinthians 9:8). The context of this verse is referring to financial provision. The key is, God is able to bless us financially so we can abound to every good work – and not just lavish it upon ourselves.
There are some who are reading these words that God has blessed abundantly. If you want to continue in His blessing, you must find an outlet for the blessings you have received. Find a reputable ministry and sow into it. God has blessed you for that very purpose, in order that you might be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).
If you don’t use some of your abundance to abound to every good work, God may take away that which you have. “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath” (Matthew 25:29).
In closing, let me share a couple encouraging verses from God’s Word:
“Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him – completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9).