From Fathers Heart To Yours
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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How Great is Our God
                "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised..." Psalms 48:1
                I have been thinking a lot lately about how great Go d really is. The psalmist proclaimed it in the passage above and declared that God ought to be praised for His greatness.
                As I pondered the greatness of God, my thoughts went to Hebrews 11 where we find recorded many people who knew first hand of God's greatness. These people were people that walked with God, had faith and believed the word of God to them.
                Yet I find that many people today don't believe those miracles really happened. Even in theological seminaries the power of God is diminished to a happenstance. As a result these things are not preached in many pulpits as real miracles or that they just don't happen anymore. As a result of this, the people in the pews don't believe in the greatness of God.
                During the times of all these displays of God's greatness , the prophets prophesied of a coming great one that would be a deliverer, healer, savior and would possess the great power of God. The prophets didn't understand when or to what manner of people this great one would come. Through prayer and searching they found that it was not to them He would come, but to us. This was so true that they found they could not be made perfect without us, they would have to wait.
                When Jesus came He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil just like the prophets said. He was and is declared to be the greatness of God in both word and deed.
                Then Jesus displayed God's greatness in weakness. He submitted Himself to the will of God in all His ministry...the completion of His ministry being to humble Himself to the cross. Even though He could have used the great power of God to save Himself, He didn't. He had spoken of the day He would be beaten and crucified. But He made this declaration, "no man takes my life from me but I lay it down of my own free will for I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it up again. This I have of my Father." The greatness of God was present in the sufferings of Christ just as it will be in our times of suffering. For if we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.
                Then the greatness of God was manifested three days later when Jesus rose from the dead. The scriptures declare in Ephesians chapter one that the greatest display of God's power was not in Noah's day, nor Abraham's. It was not in Egypt when Moses wrought miracles. It was not in the days of the prophets and it was not even when Jesus did miracles. But it was when God raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in heavenly places and then having forgiven us our trespasses and sins, quickened us by the same power and raised us up to be seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! Wow! Selah! Let God arise and His enemies be scattered!
                Then there is the greatness of God in secret places. The places where you can't see God doing a miracle, yet He is. There is no power as great as the one that changes the sinful heart of man and makes it clean and new! This is what happens when the spirit of God moves upon the face of the deep in man and a new birth takes place without man's help and is unseen by the natural eye yet will be brought to light by the same grace and power that conceived it and birthed it in the first place. To God be all the glory!
                How great is our God! He is only as great as you perceive Him to be in your life. If you are a "show me" person, you will never see but if you can believe simply because you have heard by the scripture you are blessed. You will have a testimony to add to the other in the faith hall of fame.
                "God is able to exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us." (Ephesians 3:20)