Our verse for 2015 as a fellowship is…
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” ~ Ephesians 3:20
As believers and as a local Church as we stand at the beginning of 2015 we should have GREAT EXPECTATIONS because we have a GREAT GOD: a God who is able. If you have not got your fridge magnet yet please ask for one.
One of God’s names tells us that He is able to do whatever He pleases, a name fist revealed to Abraham. He had promised to make Abraham the Father of a great nation, and naturally Abraham needed a son in order for that promise to come true. He thought Hagar’s child, Ishmael, was to be that son, but God told him that Sarah would bear a son named Isaac through whom the promise would be fulfilled. The whole idea was preposterous. Abraham was ninety nine years old and Sarah was ninety, and humanly speaking there was no possible way they could have a son. But God helped them to believe it by the way he introduced Himself that day: Genesis 17:3 “Now when Abraham was ninety nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him: ‘I am God almighty; walk before me and be blameless.’”
El-Shaddai is God Almighty, the God who can do anything He wants to do. He is almighty, all-powerful. That name is used 47 more times in the Old Testament and never of anyone but God. It has a New Testament equivalent, used ten times, which means literally “to hold all things in one’s power.”
Throughout the Bible we are told over and over again of God’s omnipotence:
- He is the Lord strong and mighty (Psalm 24:8)
- Power belongs to him (Psalm 62:11)
- Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength (Psalm 147:5)
- He is able (Eph 3:20)
Do you believe that today? Most of us have had disillusioning experiences with people who have promised more than they have been able to deliver. Consequently, we have a tendency to transfer our scepticism to God. Does He really care? Is He really in control? Does He really have the power to bring good out of adversity? Is He really able?
I remember on one occasion at the age of 18, God called me to serve for three months with Operation Mobilisation in Russia, during my holidays from University. As it got closer to the time to go I began to get more anxious about what lay ahead. I felt out of my depth and doubted that God could use me.
It was at this time when I received a letter from a friend. I still have the letter and it inspired me and confirmed to me afresh that God was able. Part of it said: “Rae, God has called you. He will equip you.” And then quoting Scripture it said: “Do not be afraid, only believing. For He is able.”
There is a song that we sometimes sing that confirms this wonderful truth:
- He is able, more than able, to accomplish what concerns me today.
- He is able, more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
- He is able, more than able, to do much more than I could ever dream.
- He is able, more than able, to make me what he wants me to be.
So this year let us remember that He is able, more than able. Ephesians 3:20 HE IS ABLE to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask, think or imagine.
This year, as William Carey once said, let us as a fellowship of believers in Lossie Baptist Church…
“Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.”