Almighty God

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Introduction

God does not declare Himself as Almighty to boast but to give people courage and hope by being under His aegis. To those who give allegiance to God Almighty wholeheartedly in word and deed, by worshipping Him in prayer and proving their loyalty by keeping the Laws of His kingdom, shall receive blessings and instruction as His Children.

“Gen. 17:1 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him,
‘I am God Almighty;
Walk before Me, and be blameless.’

“Gen. 28:3 ‘May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.’

“Gen. 35:11 God also said to him,
‘I am God Almighty;
Be fruitful and multiply;
A nation and a company of nations shall come from you,
And kings shall come forth from you.’

“Gen. 43:14 ‘and may God Almighty grant you compassion in the sight of the man, so that he will release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.’

“Gen. 48:3 Then Jacob said to Joseph, ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,’

“The context for most of these references is the covenant, more precisely the command for obedience and faithfulness on the part of the vassal and the promise of progeny by God. It is not to the hills (natural phenomenon) that these men of faith looked for confidence but to the Lord of these hills, the Lord of the mountain.” --TWOT

God extends His Covenant to those who would serve God Almighty, who has all the power to fulfill His part of that Covenant as they fulfill their part.

Ex. 24:7 Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!”

To those who recognize God’s power to create, thereby understand He will also protect and save His adopted children.

Psa. 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
Psa. 121:2 My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

Psa. 54:1 Save me, O God, by Your name,
And vindicate [judge] me by Your power.

 Psa. 99:4 The strength of the King loves justice;
You have established equity;
You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

Power of Creation

We all note the power within the world, e.g., the wind and volcanoes. If the Earth contains these powers, it had to be created by One with even greater power. Like the wind, God used the awesome power of His breath to bring forth the great Words to say, “Light!” and light was created. Those who believe God’s power created the world filled with life and the resources to make life abundantly also know that His goodness is available in all circumstances.

Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

God noted as He created the Earth that the creation was good, made for existence, for breathing, for sensing light and sounds, for drinking water, for eating tasty nutritious food and much more.

Neh. 9:6 “You alone are the LORD.
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.

Indeed, God’s power upholds the creation and the life of the creatures upon the Earth.

Is. 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.

Is. 42:5 Thus says God the LORD,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its offspring,
Who gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it,

 Psa. 89:11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
Psa. 89:12 The north and the south, You have created them;
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.
Psa. 89:13 You have a strong arm;
Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.

Is. 34:16 Seek from the book of the LORD, and read:
Not one of these will be missing;
None will lack its mate.
For His mouth has commanded,
And His Spirit has gathered them.

Jer. 10:12 It is He who made the earth by His power,
Who established the world by His wisdom;
And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.
 Jer. 10:13 When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain,
And brings out the wind from His storehouses.

The Name of God Is a
Strong Tower

When danger arises from man, beast or nature, God’s People seek safety in His strong tower because these dangers were not meant to harm the righteous comforted in His abode.

Prov. 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.

Gen. 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.

Deut. 33:27 “The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
And He drove out the enemy from before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’

Psa. 90:1  Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
[ Psa. 90:2 Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. ]

Psa. 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Stronghold

Certainly, God’s power makes the place of safety mightily strong. When God’s people are endangered, He welcomes them into His castle protected by His awesome power. As God can be within a person imbued with His Word, so will a believer enter His realm when necessary. Naturally, the person who seeks God’s place of safety must have complete trust in God.

Psa. 9:9 The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
Psa. 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psa. 59:9 Because of his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my stronghold.

Those who so inclined will sing of the powerful stronghold He provides for the faithful.

Psa. 59:16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
Psa. 59:17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.

Not only will God bring those who need and trust Him into His “fortress,” will shield them from dangers.

Psa. 144:2 My lovingkindness and my fortress,
My stronghold and my deliverer,
My shield and He in whom I take refuge,
Who subdues my people under me.

Shield

As the ancient shields could thwart incoming missiles, so God protects the innocent believers from the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes.” While being attacked by great forces, believers do not wish God to destroy their attackers but desire to give them a chance to change from their evil ways.

Psa. 59:11 Do not slay them, or my people will forget;
Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.

God’s powerful shield protects those who trust Him from the enemy.

Psa. 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.

Even when things seem to be headed toward an irreversible disaster, those who trust God will wait for His strength to save them without resorting to the world’s ways of warfare.

Psa. 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.

Psa. 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

When a believer trusts God’s Word and seeks sanctuary, God shields him from dangers. He alone stands before the enemy and protects His own.

Prov. 30:5 Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

Constructive Power

Unlike people who use powerful weapons like guns and bombs to destroy, injure and kill, God’s uses His power for constructive purposes. God used His power to create a world of life, a good life.

Eph. 1:19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

Just as God used His power for life, the good life, He gives power to believers for them to use for good as well. Only when good is the purpose of using God’s power within, will that power become more available and grow.

Eph. 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

2Cor. 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;

Obviously, to know how to use God’s power within, a person must also learn wisdom and understanding from God. Not only do good works redound to the recipient, but they also give God glory as if doing good were a prayer, a prayer in deed, not only words.

Col. 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
Col. 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Col. 1:11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
Col. 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

God reminds us of the power of the resurrection; so we will always appreciate all that God has done through the work, suffering and death of Jesus.

Col. 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
Col. 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

God gives believers a strong armor to fight against the ways of the world and evil. God, again, points out the source of evil filled with all deceptions and the pretence of light, the fleeting artificial light.

Eph. 6:10 ¶ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Eph. 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Eph. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Aside from the defensive measures God gives believers, He provides the one offensive weapon to finally destroy the adversary in ones’ life.

Eph. 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Eph. 6:14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
Eph. 6:15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
Eph. 6:16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Eph. 6:17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Conclusion

God’s Almighty power has always been and will always be there for good. More to follow.

Gil Kovacs,

Pastor, Sabbath Christian Church

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