God is Able
Synopsis of bible study 12/17/08
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Many people simply have to look over their life and look at their experiences and see that God is able. Our ability shouldn’t be compared to God’s ability. Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. We have to know how limited we are. We must transcend to a point that we see the ability of God.
God is able to make grace abound
I. Many people’s faith is being stretched like never before in this particular season. Some examples of this would be our faith being stretched by worrying about the high cost of fuel & the poor condition of the economy. Looking at the reality of your situation, giving (tithing or offering) becomes something often not referred to as a cheerful act. Giving why your situation is dark, gives you the ability to know God is able to do what he says he will do. Knowing who God is and what he able to do is what makes a giver a cheerful giver.
II. When you give, you must give in a way that you give beyond your ability. We must remember however to give cheerfully. When you give, know God will deliver over what you deserve. If you trust God, he will give in every area of your life. God will make you productive in what you do. He will make you efficient in every area of our life. You can’t look at a paycheck and say this is what you have to live off of. When you trust God, you will always have more than you make.
III. God extended grace because of our belief. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:7-9 (KJV)
IV. Nobody could live by the law. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:19-21 (KJV). Disobedience in the scripture was referring to Adam in the Garden of Eden. Obedience of one was referring to Jesus. The Law referred to the Old Testament or the Hebrew Torah. Nobody could live by the Law. The Law had no mercy. Jesus came to fulfill the Law. Under the law, instantaneously you would be punished. When the Law entered, offenses abound. There was something to measure sin by. Ex-Imagine life being on a weight balance. Our sins would be tilting towards death & justice. Jesus’ grace would outweigh our sins and tilt the scale towards heaven.
V. If you are not careful you start thinking you earned your stuff instead of God. It wasn’t because of you that you were blessed. It was because of God’s grace.
God is able to do above what we ask or think
I. God works with what you have in you. 20 Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. Eph 3:20 (NLT)
II. God wants us to pray. 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matt 7:7 (KJV) –Seeking means you are looking for God. Knocking means you are waiting and not going to go anywhere.
III. Sin is keeping you from morality. God says we have not because we have not asked. 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:2-3 (NLT), 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:6-8 (KJV) If you have a relationship with God, you will not ask for things that don’t line up with God’s word. When you pray this word ought to look at God’s word like a menu. Whatever is on God’s menu, you have right to ask for. 20 Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. Eph 3:20 (NLT). Every now and then, God will supersize our request. Ex-Somebody reading this right now has asked God for a something & he said “no”. Sometimes God listens to our request and says, “Is this all you want?” Have you ever asked God for something and he said no? Ex- Somebody reading this has asked God for money to rent a place to start a business and God said no. God said no because he has a building for you to purchase in the plans. God is about to give you something greater than what you have asked for. God will give you stuff to you that you never even thought about. Ex-Bishop Walker tells a story of when he was 24 and he was the newly elected Pastor of Mt Zion Baptist Church on Jefferson (about 150 members). At the altar he prayed that God would simply fill the church. He stated in the prayer that he knew the church was a training ground for him, but he just wanted the Lord to help him just fill the church. Little did he know that God had a plan to grow the church into a Mega church with over 26,000 members at the age 41. Bishop just wanted to fill the church, but God gave well over what he asked for. God is able to bring resurrection
God is able to bring resurrection
I. Resurrection suggests there has been a death. This is about resurrection physically & spiritually. 17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, Heb 11:17 (NLT). This scripture refers to Gen 22 where God tested Abraham by asking Abraham to give up Isaac. Ex -There is a system learned in seminary called typology. It is the study and classification of languages according to structural features, esp. patterns of phonology, morphology, and syntax, without reference to their histories. Using that system we notice that there is a parallel. Abraham was giving up his only son (legitimate son) which is a parallel to God giving up his only begotten son. Isaac was the promised child promised in Genesis. Isaac was 99 when and Sarah was 89 when God promised Abraham a son. Ishmael was Abraham’s mistake. Abraham was ready to kill Isaac with a knife because God told him to. As he rare back to kill his son, God stopped him and showed him a ram in the bush. Getting back to Heb 11:17-19 Abraham knew if he was supposed to kill his blessing (his son), then God must have a plan to raise him up again. Why else would God tell him he was going to bless him with a son and then take him back again?
II. Remember God raised Lazarus up from the dead. There are some sociological implications found in this story. They tell Jesus Lazarus was sick. Jesus waits around and allows him to die, instead of intervening. He tells the church Lazarus is sleep. When Jesus gets to Lazarus’ home, the family who were friends of Jesus has an attitude with him. They told Jesus that if he had been there, Lazarus wouldn’t have died! His sister accepts Lazarus’ state (his death) based off of what the world calls him. They called him dead because he had begun to stink. They moved a stone in front of a tomb and the stone becomes a symbol of separation. This is much like the separation that we find in our lives today. Ex-This side is the living ones and this side is the dead ones. Ex2-This person is from this side of the tracks (bad and won’t amount to anything) and that person is from that side of the tracks (prosperous, has a future).
III. There were many other people that were dead, besides Lazarus. When it is your turn, God will skip over everyone to get to you. It was Lazarus’ time to be resurrected from the dead.
IV. It doesn’t matter what other people call you, God has the power resurrect you. People called Lazarus dead, but Jesus said he was sleeping. Though they called him dead, Jesus called Lazarus by his name and as a result, he got up from the dead. Jesus got off the cross so we could get up.
God is able to save to the uttermost
I. God saves to the uttermost. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25 (KJV) Uttermost is a place. Some people God didn’t have to go far to deliver. Others were pulled out of some deep-deep mess.
II. There is nothing you have done, that God can’t save you from. The joy of the Lord is your strength. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17 (KJV)
God is able to help those who are tempted
I. Before we got saved, sin was our lifestyle. Salvation provides a moral compass for us. When you get saved you have boundaries that you didn’t have before. These boundaries cause conflicts with our decisions. When we first get saved we think the Devil has turned up the heat, but sometimes it is not Satan. When we weren’t living saved we were running buddies with the Devil. Sin looked normal to us. Now we have that moral compass that gives us something to measure the sin by. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted. Heb 2:17-18 (NLT) Jesus can help us because he himself was tempted.
II. There were days Jesus was tempted but didn’t act. 14 That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. Heb 4:14-16 (NLT) Jesus can help us because he was tempted himself. Ex-Do you remember the woman that washed Jesus feet with her hair? The disciples didn’t want her to do it, because they didn’t want Jesus to be tempted. All of us have been tempted at one time or another. Some is simply a thought that crosses our mind briefly and then there is some that takes up resident there.
God able to keep you from falling
I. Some of us are only one person away from temptation. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 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 Cor 10:12-13 (KJV) God will always give you an exit, but it is up to you take it. You may think you can’t be tempted but the Devil has just the right person that can tempt you. You got to know when to take your exit. Ex-You just told that special person that you will be alright and that you two could behave without crossing the line even if you stay until 3am. You have got to get out! Ex2- In most big buildings if the lights go out, you can see how to get out. CODES require the exit lights to be hooked up to a separate power source. A back-up generator will kick in if the lights go out so that the exit lights will illuminate the way out. Just like this, when you are in trouble or in darkness, God will always let his light shine to show us a way out.
II. Our biggest enemy is our inner us. 24 And now, all glory to God, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence innocent of sin and with great joy. Jude 1:24 (NLT)
God is able to deliver and set you free
I. It is one thing to get out of a problem, but it is another thing to stay out a problem
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psalms 40:1-3 (KJV)
II. David says he was in a horrible place. David compared it to miry clay vs.2. In other words every time he tried to get out, he slipped back in. Some of us have the same problem. We paid off our credit cards and were debt free for one week and went back into debt. For others we quit smoking this morning and started back tonight. To get delivered and set free, we have to learn that God is able.
III. David says he waited patiently on the Lord and he heard my cry vs.1. This means when he couldn’t do it, God could.
IV. David said he placed my feet on a rock vs. 2. This means he becomes stable.
V. Liberation requires celebration. Vs. 3 says he put a new song in his mouth. Our song is a praise he gives us. God shifts us from belief to praise. God is able to deliver us & set us free.