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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"God Is Able"

God Can!
“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.

Daniel 3:17

        Lou Smith, the publicist, tells a story of a missionary who fell into the hands of cannibals. “Going to eat me, I presume,” he said. The chief grunted. “Don’t do it;” he advised, “you won’t like me.” The chief grunted again so the missionary took out a knife, sliced a piece from the calf of his leg and handed it to him. “Try this and see for yourself,” he said. The chief took one bite and choked. The missionary remained for fifty years in service there. He had a cork leg!
       When the three Hebrew children found themselves in danger for what they believed, they proclaimed, “Our God is able to deliver us.” What great faith was shown here! They were not sure that God would deliver them, but they were certain that He was able. This great faith has so many lessons for us this week, but let us meditate on one truth we find here and see if we believe it.
        Do you believe God is able? When you look at your circumstances, and the trials that you face, do you see that the mighty power of God is able to deliver you? I know that you may be uncertain of God’s method in helping you, but do you doubt His capability? The Bible says we must come to Him believing that He is. You don’t need God to prove Himself to you. God needs no proving. However, you must prove that you believe that He is able. God is pleased by our faith. We may doubt how God will deliver us, or when God will deliver us, and we may even doubt if God will deliver us, but we must never doubt that God is able to deliver us.
        The children of Israel got in trouble with the Lord when they asked, “Can God?”  His power and ability is never to be questioned. He is worthy of our absolute trust because if He has the power to deliver us, then He must have the wisdom to know when and where. What they should have said is, “God can feed us. We don’t know how, or where, or when, but we do know God can, and that is what our hope is on.” It is that kind of faith in the power of our God that brings great pleasure to His heart.
         Is your heart fixed on God? Have your trials brought doubt to your mind? Cast that out now, and declare with a heart full of faith, “My God is able!” He may choose a cork leg, or manna on the dew, or lock-jaw for the lions, but He is able!

Study verses:  Daniel 3:19-25; Psalms 33:16-32; Hebrews 11:6; Psalm 112:6

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Previous devotions

"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010
"A Desire For Wind" - August 25, 2010
"Strangers In The Lord's House" - August 18, 2010
"A Place of Broad Rivers and Streams" - August 11, 2010
"Salesmen of Freedom" - August 4, 2010
"They Had Been With Jesus" - July 21, 2010
"He Healed Them All" - July 14, 2010
"Faith In America" - July 7, 2010
"Slow To Anger; Great In Power" - June 30, 2010
"He Is Precious" - June 23, 2010

"The Fire of Strife" - June 16, 2010
"The Common Man" - June 9, 2010
"In My Prosperity I Said I Shall Not Be Moved" - June 2, 2010


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