Jesus: our Mighty God
"6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this." (Isaiah 9:6-7, ESV)
THE EVIDENCE OF HIS POWER
"All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made, that was made" (John 1:3, ESV)
16 For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:16-17, ESV)
"Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited His people!” (Luke 7:16, ESV)
"Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:1-3, ESV)
THE BENEFITS OF HIS POWER
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8, ESV)
"Who else would lead Israel to victory over the hostile world, than God the almighty? The Messiah is the physical presence of our Mighty God" (Karl Keil, 1807-1888)
"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." (1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV)
Week 2 - Mighty God
On Sunday, David addressed the confidence that believers can have because of how Mighty our God is. Specifically, Pastor David mentioned that we can have strength in ALL situations and persevere in all circumstances. The holiday season can be a time of great joy and fellowship, but for some, it can also be a time of extreme isolation, loneliness, and despair. Whether we are experiencing a time of joy or despair this Christmas season, it is important to know that some within our church body and community may be struggling
Let’s look at Phil 4:6-7, as an example of how we should handle struggles and difficult situations. V6 tells us to not be anxious about anything, but to pray. In v7, what does Paul say is the result of this prayer?
Struggles in the life of a believer are inevitable (John 16:33), but these struggles do have a purpose. James 1:2-4 tells us that when (not if) we meet trials, we should count it all joy, that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness, which will eventually make us perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Discuss as a group a time that you, a friend, or loved one ever encountered a struggle, time of suffering, or a storm in life. How bad did you want “Understanding” in that time?
1. As humans, we crave the knowledge of “why”! We want understanding! Because of this, Paul is very clear in Phil.4.6-7 when he says that through prayer we receive peace that surpasses “understanding”. What is Paul’s goal here?
2. He wants us to move past “understanding” and move toward what?
The solution for us in these stormy times is simple…PRAY! Prayer is not a magical solution to our problems, but a means of exercising our faith. The goal of prayer is not always to fix our “problems”; often the goal is that our heart would be corrected in order for us to be brought into alignment with GOD’s specific plan for that hard time! This is an attitude that is only attainable through faith in a mighty God!
Read Mark 4:35-41 as a group. Jesus was ASLEEP in the stern because He was tired because he had been teaching and healing, and His human body demanded sleep. So, He relaxed and slept, despite waves crashing into the boat, the boat being tossed about in wild waves, rain pouring into the boat, lightning flashing and thunder booming… not to mention the chaos from the disciples yelling and efforts to fix the problem on their own.
3. How do we know from scripture that JESUS, while on earth, had a relationship with GOD
4. V38-39. What did the disciples do? And how did Jesus respond?
5. V40-41. What is the “lack of faith” for which JESUS rebukes the disciples for?
6. What parallel can we take from the disciples “lack of faith” and apply to the way we deal with problems?
Regardless of the circumstance that you are facing right now, whether joyous or trying, DO NOT try to figure it out on your own? Trust in your mighty GOD and give it to Him! Call out to Him in prayer and lay your troubles at His throne. Ask for His peace. Our God is a mighty God capable of calming every storm in our life! Do not try to preserve GOD’s might by handling the situation on your own! There are no trials that surprise Him, or that He can’t use for good. Storms OBEY Him--yes, even the ones in your life. Let your prayers to a Mighty God bring you peace!