Monday, May 18, 2015

our God is limitless

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Come on!  God is not limited by things.  He is not limited by time and space.  Our God is not limited by disease or war.  Our great God is not limited by disaster or world events.  God is not limited by the powers around us or the perception of people.  Our God has never been and will never be limited by sin, consequences or the distraction of pain.  God is limitless.  Are you with me?

The things that we say or think that limit God don’t.  Get that.  Take it to the bank.  There is more and more to our God than we can imagine.  Our minds are good enough, big enough, bright enough and cannot hold enough to think like or even comprehend all the ability and glory of our God.  He is LIMITLESS.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Peter was a businessman whose life was radically changed by Jesus.  History tells us that he was even crucified upside down because he considering dying like Jesus did something he wasn’t worthy of.  Peter was the disciple that Jesus called Satan.  Peter was the only disciple to walk on water.  Peter was there when Moses and Elijah showed up to talk with Jesus.  Peter was the one who didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet.  Peter was the disciple that cut off the ear of the man trying to arrest Jesus.  Peter was the dude that denied Jesus 3 times right before Jesus’ death.  Peter was the one who was preaching when the Holy Spirit came, he healed people and saw thousands upon thousands of people come to God because of the truth.

The following verses are from one of the letters written by Peter.  His perspective of God was different from some of the other Apostles.  He was one of the closest to Jesus at some of the pivotal times of His adventure with God.  He was also the one who was always messing things up, or so it seemed.

Peter’s words are a first hand account of the happenings of Jesus’ life and ministry.  The theology that he shares is from his experience with the Holy Spirit and with the spread of the Gospel. 

1 Peter 4:1-11  The Message
1-2 Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.
3-5 You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good. Of course, your old friends don’t understand why you don’t join in with the old gang anymore. But you don’t have to give an account to them. They’re the ones who will be called on the carpet—and before God himself.
Listen to the Message. It was preached to those believers who are now dead, and yet even though they died (just as all people must), they will still get in on the life that God has given in Jesus.
7-11 Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

Those are powerful words that proclaim the fact that our God is limitless.  These powerful verses tell us the reason Jesus suffered, and it gives us all the more reason to look past our pain to celebrate and give God glory. 

Spend some time in those verses from 1 Peter 4.  May God use them to radically confirm our belief in our limitless God.

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