Summer 2015: Our God is Able
Author: Victor Gill
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Summary: The false promise of wealth and power has deluded those who are captured with the pursuit of worldly successes.
 
 

Media headlines communicate daily of the plight of society – crime, drug abuse, pornography, materialism, moral and spiritual decay and the breakdown of the family.

The false promise of wealth and power has deluded those who are captured with the pursuit of worldly success. The conditions of society are revealed in the following statistics:

• 80% of men in our country claim to own a Bible while only 27% of that group read it.

• One out of six Americans between the ages of 18 and 32 claim to be atheist or agnostic.

• There are more outlets (15,000 to 20,000) for hard-core pornography in this country than there are McDonalds restaurants (9000).

• 87 people commit suicide every day.

• 70% of all people who attend church never assume any roles of responsibility.

• 50% of men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 state they are searching for meaning in life.

• 66% of Americans believe there is no absolute truth.

John 17: 17 says “….Thy WORD is truth!” In John 8:31-32 Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” There is no person, no place, and no problem beyond the liberating power of God’s Word. However, there are people and places where the truth is not being told and thus problems seem insurmountable.

This is one reason why we must clearly communicate the truth of God’s unchanging Word. On behalf of the many who do not know the truth and therefore do not experience the freedom which Christ alone can give, we must be about the business of spreading the truth of God’s Word everywhere to everyone!

I took my title from the experience of the three Hebrews of Daniel 3: 15. They knew the truth. When asked by the wicked King Nebuchadnezzar, “Who is that God that shall deliver you?” Their fearless, calm, courteous, but resolute answer was, “Our God …is able.” See Daniel 3: 14 – 17. They could have said, “Our father’s God,” or “our country’s God - the God of Israel.” But, no, they said, “Our God”. They knew the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23, 24 says:

Thus says the Lord:
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in his, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord.

Why is understanding and knowing God so important? Because you cannot know God without loving Him and you cannot love Him without serving Him. How fortunate were those three Hebrew boys and how fortunate are we if we can say like them, “Our God is able.” They said, “Our God is….”


It is ever the Devil’s plan to cause people to relegate God to the distant past. But not these boys! Satan could not sway them in that direction. Consider the movements that Satan has engendered in order to remove God from His throne:

• Heathenism transmutes His glory into tangible objects.

• Spiritualism sets up demons in His place.

• Modernism dilutes His image into an influence or an attitude.

• Evolution reduces Him to an impersonal force.

• Many faltering so-called Christians worship Him and live as if He were dead; many have an attitude that says, Why bother with God?

Read Paul’s message to believers in Philippians 3:7-11.

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

He is not just the God of the Red Sea, of the lion’s den, or of Lazarus’ tomb. Paul’s greatest desire was to know God for himself and that must be our desire as well. He still “is” today, here and now and He ever was and ever shall be. And it is His constant wish and desire that His creatures comprehend this undeniable fact.

Remember when Moses asked Him how he should prove his commission to the Israelites. God said, “Go tell them I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:10-14. God said to Moses, “I AM that I AM.” That was true at Abel’s altar when the fire was sent. God was not saying “I WAS,” but “I AM.” He communicated this one and the same message to His people…

• When He loaded the ark and sent the flood.

• When He overrode nature and made Sarah fertile.

• When He sent the plagues upon Pharaoh.

• When He took Gideon’s 300 and conquered the Midianites.

• When, without weapons, He led Joshua in the conquest of Jericho.

• When He burst from the tomb showing Himself to about 500 believers.

His message to humanity has always been and still is, “I AM.”

If we will be sensitive to His ways we will know that HE STILL IS and that HE IS ABLE and that the day of miracles is not passed. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Isaiah 59:1 also reminds us today, “Nor is His hand short that He cannot save…nor His ear heavy.” And He’s here today and He is still able. “OUR GOD IS ABLE.”

Yes, that war that began in heaven when Lucifer chose to rebel against God has to this very day locked the forces of good and evil in mortal combat for the allegiance of mankind. History, rightly understood, is but the record and chart of the course of this battle. Every individual is a part of this struggle. Every mind is a battle field in which that conflict is waged. The stakes are high; the battle is fierce. The adversary is powerful, cunning, and experienced. Our only hope of victory is in the proved and tested supremacy of our God who is able!

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