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All Power Is His

By Anonymous

As many people know, the situation in Liberia is growing increasingly alarming. The Ebola outbreak has not only been releasing terror in the lives of people in several West African countries but also has released fear and chaos throughout the world. Since our family lives and works in Liberia, I asked myself, Where is the Church in all of this? And my answer was, They are afraid, like everyone else.

Honestly, I too am afraid. Our emergency evacuation bag is packed and ready, so that when things become too dangerous, we will immediately be on a plane to a safe destination, far from the reaches of Ebola, civil unrest, food insecurity and the possible collapse of a whole nation.

With this in mind, it is no surprise that the Lord has been teaching me about His mighty strength. He has shown me what it means for Him to be all-powerful, and I have begun to cry out: “O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the mighty deeds and works you do?” (Deut. 3:24).

To be all-powerful means that His strength is without limit, which in turn means that nothing is impossible for God. In fact, nothing is even difficult for Him. Nothing can oppose God, because He is mightier and stronger than anything that exists; He is the Creator of all things, and all things come from Him.

To be all-powerful means that He never grows tired or weak. For all eternity, His strength never wanes. It just is. Therefore, He can sustain all things by His might for all eternity without any effort at all.

To be all-powerful means that His strength is incomprehensible, for nothing exists in our world that does not have some kind of weakness. This attribute belongs to Him alone. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all” (1 Chron. 29:11).

With a word He can create the world, cause mountains to shake, split cedars, call forth lightning, halt waves, command angels and raise the dead. And if this is by His voice alone, what wonder that He will save us with his righteous right hand! “You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you” (2 Chron. 20:6).

For this reason, Moses could declare to the people of Israel before they faced giants and conquered the Promised Land, “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you” (Deut. 3:22). “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome . . .” (Deut. 10:17).

So my exhortation to our churches is this: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear what they fear. Let this be a time for the Church to shine the light of the gospel of Christ as we step up and fight against what all others run from. Let it be a time when we are willing to go to the places no one else will go because they fear for their lives, but we shout, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55). Let us be a people who come against the enemy in the name of the Lord Almighty, standing together and saying, “You have no dominion here, for all dominion belongs to the Lord.” Let us be a people who pray, crying out for the Lord to speak but a word and it will be done. Let us be a people who do not give way to fear or panic but live in the peace that surpasses all understanding. That is where the Church is! That is who we are in Christ! And we will see the victory of the Lord, to His praise and to His glory.

“I pray that . . . you may know . . . his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion . . .” (Eph. 1:18-21).

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