November 14, 2013
Last Sunday night was a sermon about God’s greatness. The main verse for the message came from Psalm 145:3, which says, “Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness!” We were asked if we know of God’s greatness only by reading about it in the Bible, or if we know because of something God has done for us in our lives. It is one thing to read about how great God is, but when he has done something amazing for you in your life and you experience how great God is firsthand, you can’t help but want to tell the whole world what great thing (or things) God has done for you and word of God’s greatness spreads.
Has God done something great or beyond amazing (words cannot describe) for you in your life? Did he save your life? Did he give you an unexpected blessing that changed your life? Did he heal you or a loved one of a terrible sickness when it looked like time was up? Did he make a way for you to get out of a terrible situation where it looked like there was no way and bring you to a better place? If God has done something amazing for you, did you spread the word and tell others of the amazing thing, or things, God has done for you? Word needs to get out on how great our One and Only true God is. When it comes to people who don’t know about God or about his greatness, or to those new to learning about God it is important that these people learn about God’s greatness by someone who had something amazing done in their lives by God’s mighty supernatural power because when someone gushes about something amazing that has happened to them, people tend to listen!
It is important that everyone who doesn’t already know gets to know that the God who created the earth and all living things is still doing amazing things in people’s lives today. If you continue reading Psalm 145 and drop down to verses 6 and 7, it says, “Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share your story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.” The same God who created all creation including humans, raised Lazarus (John 11) and others from the dead, healed all types of diseases, cast out demons, and raised Jesus from the dead still lives today. The same God who parted the Red sea and listened when Elijah earnestly prayed for no rain and no rain fell for 3 years (1 Kings 17:1ff), who broke Paul out of prison (Acts 16:26ff), is still performing miracles and other great and mighty deeds today. Today if you need a miracle or you need God to change your situation, then pray to God about it in faith and actually believe that what you’re praying for can happen. With God all things are possible! God makes ways where there ordinarily wouldn’t be a way. Things that are not possible in the natural are made possible by our supernatural God. God loves all of his children so when we call to him in truth (asking for things in alignment with God’s will), then God will listen and answer. He may not answer in the way you would expect, but he has the ability to do things above anything we can imagine. Remember that the God we (believers) serve is supernatural and has mighty power that cannot be matched and he loves all of his creation, all of his children, unconditionally.
In return for the miracles God performs in our lives (including waking us each day and giving us the ability to breathe, walk, think, talk, and do other things God enables us to do), we should serve God with love and wholehearted devotion. If you see someone in need and you have what they need, willingly give to that person. If you see someone in need but are unable to directly give them what they need, go find someone who is able to help and make sure the person in need gets what they need somehow. Encourage others in their faith and spread the Good News to those who don’t know it. Be sure you know what the Good News is before you tell others of it though. The Good News is Jesus came to earth as man and healed many, died for our sins, was raised 3 days later so we could have a right relationship with God based on faith, and Jesus will return again to bring those entrusted to his care home to the new Heaven that will be created on Judgment Day. Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the dead so we could have a personal relationship with God! And he wants to do good things for us in our lives today, so shouldn’t we do good for others in return? Jesus has commanded us to love others as he loved us in John 15:13. Let Jesus be an example of how we treat others and how to serve God. Let us ponder the greatness of God. If God has done something great in your life then proclaim it to the world. Surely you can all think of at least one great thing that has happened to you in your life so far and when you have that great thing in mind, think how it was God who did whatever great thing it was and be thankful. Trust that God will do even more amazing things for you in the future, especially as you remain faithful to him and do the best you can to follow his ways and to serve him and help others, bringing him great glory and honor. Today, help spread the word of how great our One and Only Living God is. When you do that, watch God do even more great things in your life for your faithfulness to him. It will also make you feel good as you relive the awesome thing(s) God has done for you, so you and everyone you tell will all be uplifted and God will be too. Let the joy of God’s awesomeness be spread to the entire world so everyone can come to know God and will want to worship and serve him, and in return receive the gift of eternal life and help they need while they live their lives here on earth. God is the ultimate Helper, Healer, Restorer, and a God of Justice. No one in the world can give you the kind of help God can give you when you need it, and that in itself is part of the greatness of God.