“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said. II Chronicles 32: 7-8
What does Omnipotent mean? According to dictionary.com it’s a word that can be used as an adjective or a noun. As an adjective, it means almighty or infinite in power, as God or having very great or unlimited authority or power. As a noun, it means an omnipotent being or the Omnipotent – God.
Being Omnipotent separates the God from the men
Omnipotent isn’t a word often used with men (or women), because it just isn’t truthful to use with humans. I think you might use it to say a boss thinks they’re omnipotent, but you would know there is no way they truly possess the omnipotence we’re talking about here. God does. He is omnipotent. He has all the power and authority in the whole universe, not just here.
Be Strong and Courageous
This morning, a friend of mine posted on Facebook about not living in fear, because God is with us. That we can be bold because He is on our side. A lot of times we find our self living in fear because we are scared we won’t measure up or be successful. That was the fear facing the people in the verses mentioned from II Chronicles 32. They were afraid that the bigger, meaner army that backed the king of Assyria were going to kick their butts. King Hezekiah was putting his faith in the Lord who is Omnipotent. He knew with God all things are possible.
Fighting a Big Battle
Fortunately most of my fears do not involve getting killed by a bigger, meaner army. But if that’s true, why do I so often let the lies of the devil get the better of me. “Don’t start a blog, no one will read it.” “Don’t join praise team, they’ll sound awful if you do.” “Don’t lead a Bible study, you have nothing to contribute.” These are some of (a very small selection) of the lies the devil has tried to work on me. Most of the time, I would have to say he does it successfully, but because of the other Christians I have around me, being bold is becoming easier. Their encouragement to be bold is like nourishment from God. The post from my friend, the women at Bible study, they’re reminders from my Lord, Like the words of King Hezekiah to the people of Judah. God is omnipotent.
What would you do?
What would you do if fear wasn’t an issue? What’s stopping you really?