HE IS ABLE - Week of January 24th

By Judy Nichols

January 25, 2016


I have participated in a fun ice-breaker game several times. Each person in the group writes down a little-known fact about herself. The emcee reads each one and you have to guess which person?s it is. It could be a place she has traveled, an event from childhood, or something she has done or can do. Some talents are obvious; we use them in our professions or leisure activities. But many of us have a hidden talent that is less obvious and few others know about it.

In the same way, we know a lot about what God can do because we?ve seen what He has done. We see the creation all around us. We know God reveals Himself both through the creation and through His written word, the Bible. In the Old Testament we learn that He can produce plagues of all sorts, part the seas, and give great military victories by totally unconventional means. He can make Himself manifest through fire and cloud, through thunder, lightning, and earthquake, and through angelic visitation. Through the life of Jesus we know that He heals, multiplies food, calms storms (and creates others by calling out hypocrisy), opens blind eyes and deaf ears, and raises the dead. Through the death and resurrection of Christ we know that He is able to save us from our sins.

What we are often less aware of is what God can do in our own lives when once we belong to Him. I ran across one of the "He is able" statements in a recent study time and decided to see what other "He is able" statements I could find. Here then, is what I found.

Romans 16:25 ? "Now to Him who is able to strengthen you . . . " When my circumstances are bigger than I am, when the mountain I face is higher than I think I can climb, it is a comfort to know that God is able to strengthen me.
Hebrews 2:18 ? "For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted." Jesus not only resisted the day-to-day temptations of life, but He also resisted face-to-face temptation by the devil himself. I think that more than qualifies Him to help me in my temptations.

Jude 1:24 ? "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy . . ." You can?t stumble if you?re standing still. So this verse tells me that my walk of faith, while it may be rough and rocky, is something that is do-able, and that by His grace I will arrive at my destination.
Hebrews 7:25 ? "Therefore He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." To know that the risen Son of God is continually praying on my behalf is an amazing thought. And applying His own qualifiers ? praying with believing (Matt. 21:22) and praying according to God?s will (1 John 5:14) ? we know that His prayers are always answered.

Romans 14:4 ? "Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Whatever my weaknesses, whatever anyone?s weaknesses, if the Lord is our Master, we answer only to Him; we stand on the only Rock.

Matthew 10:28 ? (The only negative one) "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." If God is our fear, the One whom we reverence above all others, then we need have no fear of what any man could do to us. No person, nor even the devil himself can ever separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:38-39).

2 Timothy 1:12 ? "I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day." To commit ourselves to the Lord is to commit ourselves not only to His Lordship but also to His care. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus came to give us life and He guards that life and assures us that no one can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28).

2 Corinthians 9:8 ? "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed." God told Paul that His grace was "sufficient" to overcome his weaknesses (2 Cor. 12:9). Here we see that His grace is abundant: there is all grace, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. This is over-the-top supply.

And finally Ephesians 3:20 ? "To Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think . . . to Him be the glory . . ." God?s resources are limitless, His grace is boundless, His power is overwhelming. Whatever our wildest dreams may be, He has something better in store for us: glory!

My hidden talent is that I can wiggle my ears. Don?t ask me how I do it. My dad could do it, and somewhere in my childhood I figured out that I could do it, too. Invariably, when the little-known fact is revealed to be mine, I am asked to demonstrate it. Now that you know these things that God is able to do, will you dare to ask Him to demonstrate them in your own life?

© Judy Nichols 2016

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