A God Who is Able

God’s Promise to Israel through Moses:

Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel:

“I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you.  The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’  The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you.  He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land.  Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said.  And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land.  The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you.

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:1-6)

God’s Promise to Joshua:

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.  As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.” (Joshua 1:5-6)

Recently, I was encouraged by a friend of mine back in Canada…

She was sharing with me what it’s like to hear the words “Your dad has cancer” – four words that I think nobody ever wants to hear.  She shared about how she’s been thinking about other four-word phrases like “God is with us” or “The Lord is good” and that somehow, with the blood tests, X-rays and CT scans in your face, the words “Your dad has cancer” is all you can think about.  She has been following Christ for many years but admitted feeling helpless and lost.  “You hear things like ‘God is real’ all the time in church” she said, “and after a while you repeat it and you know it in your head but sometimes it loses it’s meaning.”

On the way home from the hospital, she told me she listened to a song called “God Who is Able” by a band called Fridays Cry that really lifted her spirit and reminded her that we serve a God who never leaves us, nor forsakes us – a God who never fails.  Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  The writer of Hebrews in 13:5-6 reminds us from history that God kept his promise to his servants Moses, Joshua, Jacob (Genesis 28:14), and Solomon (1 Chronicles 28:20) and that we can be sure that in the same way, He will remain faithful to us as servants of Jesus Christ.

The only place I can find the song is on the band’s myspace page HERE.  You can view the lyrics HERE.  I don’t know what all of you might be going through…maybe you or someone close is ill, maybe you’re struggling just to get through each day, maybe your world is being turned upside down… maybe you will be encouraged by this song to not give up because we serve a God who is able to carry us through.

Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians: (and an encouragement for us!)

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.” (Ephesians 3:16-21)

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One Response to “A God Who is Able”

  1. amen brother. in a world as unreliable as this, we can take comfort in the fact that God is never changing and always reliable

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