Posts tagged ‘almighty God’
“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.'” John 8:58 (NASB)
If Jesus was not the Son of God, no preacher should ever call His name from the pulpit. If Jesus was not God in the flesh, no preacher should ever end a prayer in His name or even mention His name when praying to Almighty God. If He was not God — He was not good.
If Jesus was just a good man and not the God-Man, He had no authority to forgive sins. And if Jesus did not have the authority to forgive sins, I do not know where to recommend that you go for forgiveness.
There is no other who would dare claim the authority to forgive sins. If Jesus were not all He claimed to be, you must carry your load of sin all the days of your life and with it face a holy God at the end of life’s journey. The finite can never satisfy the infinite. Man cannot satisfy a holy God. Deity can be satisfied only by Deity. If Jesus were not divine He could never have satisfied the demands of Almighty God. It takes holiness to satisfy holiness.
“Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.” Psalm 25:8-10 (NASB)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on
your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you
on the right paths.
Don’t consider yourself to be wise;
fear the LORD and turn away
This will be healing for your body
and strengthening for your bones.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (HCSB)
Wherever God sends us, He comes alongside us
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.'” Daniel 3:16-17 (NASB)
The faith and boldness of the three Hebrews should impress us deeply. The king’s sense of wonder at their deliverance from the flames should reverberate in our minds (Daniel 3:24-25).
It was not hard for the God who created the heavens and the earth to deliver three men, created in His image, out of the furnace of fire. When we believe in God–the sovereign, almighty God of gods and Lord of kings–we have no trouble believing that He could allow three men to live in a fiery furnace.
This story should inspire us to step out and speak out for the Lord. We should imitate the Hebrews’ determination to be true to God whatever the consequences. Then we may well be able to declare out of our own experience, “God is indeed able to deliver those who trust Him.”
Those who live by faith in God will never be forsaken by Him.