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Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 10:45am
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Romans 8:31-39

THE GOD WHO SUPPLIES THE POWER

ROMANS 8:31-39

 

OPENING REMARKS

 

        We are in a series of sermons based on the different names God revealed to us in the Old Testament.

We have looked at Jehovah Shammah which means, “The God who is always there”. 

Last week we looked at Jehovah Rapha, which means, “The God who heals”. 

        Today I want us to look at the name El Shaddi which means God Almighty, or The God who is Enough or The God who is all powerful.  We find an example of this name in the book of Psalms.

Psalms 68:34-35
Ascribe power to God whose majesty is over Israel,

And whose power is in the skies.

Awesome is God from His sanctuary, the God of Israel

He is the one who gives power and strength to His people. 

 

        He is El Shaddi, the all powerful God, the God who is enough, the God who is more than sufficient, the God who gives strength and power to His people. 

And this is important to know and understand because our world is asking:  Where do I get the power to live in this crazy, mixed up world?” 

“Where do I get the energy to stay at it when everything keeps going wrong?”

“Where do I get the drive to deal with complex situations, answer difficult questions and handle abrasive people?”

“Where do I get the power to keep going when bad things keep happening?”

        To answer those questions, I have good news and bad news.  Let me give you the bad news first.  Now I don’t mean to sound calloused or unsympathetic, but God never promised us an easy life.  God never promised to always make us comfortable.  Our modern society is all about comfort and ease and pleasure.  It is all about getting life our way.  In 1982 MacDonald’s put this worldview into a commercial and told all of us that we deserved a break today, so get up and on your way to MacDonalds.   Just remember that is MacDonald’s theology and not God’s. 

Listen, as long as sin is part of the world we live in, there are going to be problems.  Living is going to be tough.  Difficulties are going to arise and breaks may not come our way.  Life is not always fair.

        But I have good news for you and the good news is, our God is bigger than our problems.  And a personal relationship with Him that is dynamic and growing will provide you the strength and the power to plow through the problems that come your way. 

        God never promises us an easy life, but He does promise us His presence which brings us His power which enables us to endure, preserver and even conquer our problems.  

 

Read today’s scripture passage with me:

Romans 8:31-39

31What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  32He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things.  33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  34Who is to condemn?  Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  36As it is written,

          For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. 

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  38For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things presents not things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

 

 

        Now let me give you one principle and in a minute I will give you four points.  The principle is this:
In a dynamic and growing relationship with God, we can experience His unlimited, divine, supernatural power which enables us to live the way He intended, even when we have to endure hardship and pain. 

 

        Remember Psalms 23?  “Even, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me, Your rod and staff, they comfort me.”

        See, the Psalmist tells us we are going through the valley.  It is not if, it is when.  At some point, we will all go through the valley and the only thing that will get us through is the abiding presence of our all powerful God.  Some of you are in the valley right now.  And you are wondering, “Where is God?”  I am here to tell you this morning, He is right here with you and His presence will give you the strength you need to keep going until you clear the valley and reach the next mountain top.

 

        Now let me show you four times God’s presence will give you power.  There are more but I can’t keep you here all day.

 

1.  WHEN WE ARE TIRED

        God’s presence will give us the power to endure when we are tired.  And this is important to know because life is busy, stress levels are high and a sense of well being is low.  Many people are just worn slap out.  They are just plain tired.  Burn out is a major problem in this life.  We live at an incredible pace and we never seem to catch up, much less get ahead.  And the question, “How do we keep going?”

Debbie and I use to have this gerbil.  Notice I said use to.  We also had a cat.  But this gerbil had a wheel in his cage.  He would get on that wheel and run for all he was worth, but he didn’t get anywhere.  Sometimes we feel like the rat in the cage running as hard as we can go but going nowhere.  Working hard and going nowhere is very tiresome.    

 

Isaiah 40:28-31

          28Have you not known?  Have you not heard?

          The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.

          29He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength.

          30Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;

31but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. 

 

 

2.  WHEN WE HAVE NO ANSWERS

We can also count on God’s power when we have no answers.  You may be in a relationship right now that has sucked the life out of you and you think you have nothing left to give.  Or you are dealing with a strong willed child that makes you want to throw your hands up and scream in frustration. Maybe the work load is too heavy and the stress is way too much, but you have no options. 

        God says He will give you strength when you are running on empty and there is no solution is sight.  God says He will step in and supply you with a second wind when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn. 

        Think with me about the Apostle Paul.  Brilliant Theologian.  Mighty Missionary.  Writer of 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament.  Next to the Lord Jesus Himself, Paul has influenced Christianity more than any man in history.  He had a problem he couldn’t solve, a situation he couldn’t handle.  So he prayed and God answered his prayer, just not the way he was expecting. 

 

II Corinthians 12:8-9

        Three times I pleaded with the LORD about this, that it should leave me.  But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

 

3.  WHEN WE ARE IN PAIN

        God also says He will supply us with power when we are in pain.  And some of you this morning or truly in pain, deep emotional pain.  Your home is unhappy.  Your job is tough.  Your marriage is difficult.  Your kids are out of control.  You are struggling financially. 

        For others, your pain is physical.  Your bodies hurt.  The pain has been there a while and you are tired of the pain and the meds.  You don’t want to get up hurting tomorrow like they did today.

        Listen Christian, people of faith are not immune to pain.  There is no shortage of difficulty facing us this morning.  Pain is inevitable in this life.  Heartbreaks come our way. 

        But look at this word of encouragement from the Psalms:

 

Psalms 41:3  The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness;  You will sustain him on his sickbed. 

4.  WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED

        Finally, I want you to know that God will supply you with power when you are tempted.  One of the reasons we experience pain and face frustration in this life is because we live in a broken world full of sin and temptation.  We constantly have to leverage the power of God to say no to temptation.  I saw a bumper sticker once that read:
        Lead me not into temptation, I’m perfectly capable of finding

        it on my own.

       

        We all can relate to that.  Temptations come at us every minute.  And as our world gets more corrupt and moves further from a Christian worldview, we are going to face and have to deal with more temptation. 

       

Paul gives us the answer in I Corinthians

I Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

 

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,

 

        Now see this.  God tells Abram who He is before God tells Abram what Abram is to do because Abram cannot do what God is commanding without the power of God enabling him. 

 

        He is El Shaddai, God Almighty.  The God who is sufficient.  The God who is enough.  This morning, do you need to reach out to this God?  He is here and He is available.  Call out to Him and He will respond to you. 

 

THE GOD WHO SUPPLIES THE POWER

ROMANS 8:31-39

 

Psalms 68:34-35

 

 In a dynamic and growing relationship with God, we can experience His unlimited, divine, supernatural power which enables us to live the way He intended, even when we have to endure hardship and pain. 

 

1.  WHEN WE ARE TIRED

 

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

 

2.  WHEN WE HAVE NO ANSWERS

 

II Corinthians 12:8-9

 

3.  WHEN WE ARE IN PAIN

 

Psalms 41:3 

 

4.  WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED

 

I Corinthians 10:13

 

Genesis 17:1

 

Call out to Him and He will respond to you.