God is Able

Ephesians 3:20
   Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us,

   God has the ability to perform His Word.  That which He has promised He is willing and able to do for us according to His power which is at work in us.  It is God's strength, God's ability, God's power and not ours that brings the promises of His Word to pass in our lives.

   God is called "Almighty" in His Word.  In the New Testament, the Greek word for Almighty is the word "pantokrator" which comes from "pas" meaning "all" and "kratos" meaning "power, force or impact."  God is able.  He is all powerful.  It is by relying upon God's ability that we overcome the obstacles of life and see His promises come to pass.

Romans 4:20-21
   He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith [believing] giving glory to God;
   And being fully persuaded that, what he [God] had promised, he [God] was able also to perform.

   The Greek word for "staggered not" means "to be in conflict mentally with yourself" or "to hesitate mentally and withdraw."  God kept reminding Abraham of His promise and Abraham kept looking for ways that the promise might come to pass; but he never hesitated or had any mental conflict about God's ability to bring His Word to pass.  Abraham did doubt his own ability - but he never doubted God's.
   It took Abraham 25 years to see the promise of God come to pass.  He was 75 when God first told him he would be the father of many nations and Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old.  Abraham is called in the Word "the father of all who believe."
   Many times we give up on God if we do not see immediate results.  We must be fully persuaded in the strength of God and not rely upon our own ability or our own time table.  Abraham's walk is an example of believing God and it took him 25 years.  God is able and He will perform that which He has promised.

Daniel 3:17
   If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
   But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

   God is able and willing to perform His Word.  We must learn to rely upon His strength and not our own.  When we have a need we must confess that God is able to deliver us rather than relying upon our own ability to handle the situation.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were committed to doing their best to walk on God's Word but they also knew that they could not handle the fiery furnace on their own.  They trusted in God's ability and God came through for them.

Numbers 23:19
   God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

   When God says He is going to do something He does it.  His Word is faithful and He is true to His Word.  He is willing and He is able to perform that which He has promised.  You must learn to trust him and "lean not unto your own understanding" or your own strength.

Isaiah 55:8-11
   For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
   For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
   So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

   God's Word works.  Just as rain produces growth in the plants of the earth, God's Word produces results.

Ezekiel 12:25a
   For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; . . .

Ezekiel 24:14a
   I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; . . .

   God's willingness is equal to His ability.  When God promises He will do something in His Word you can be assured that He is also able to get the job done.


February, 1999
URL http://www.cortright.org/godable.htm
Michael Cortright