Can I Fix it?

Mighty God | Devotion #4: Can I Fix it?
James Clouse | Student Pastor

I like to fix things. I am not saying this in the sense that I am at all good with fixing cars, electronics, or even doing things around the house. Ask Amanda; you do not want to see me with power tools (As I type this I do my best Tim Allen Tool Man grunt). Rather, when people tell me things or have a problem, the first thing I try to do often is fix it. I ask myself if this is something that I can fix. I then often realize that this situation is far above the limitations that are placed upon me as a human being. The situations that I want to fix are not possible in my limited capacity as a mere human being.  

But in Ephesians 3:19-21, I read about a Savior who is unlimited in His capacity to fix any situation: 

“And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Underlining added)

Church, this should give us hope! I feel comforted knowing we have our Mighty God and Savior who can fix any situation we are going through in life. Does this mean that when we are going through hard times that Christ will be right there to fix everything? Of course not. But know that we have a mighty Savior on our side ready to be our “tool man” who will provide us the comfort that we need to get through those times. 

Look back at Ephesians 3:16 for more information. It says, “that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Through the mighty power of Jesus Christ, we have the Spirit to help guide and lead us in life. Do you understand? 

Christ can do anything and everything. He can accomplish any task, overcome any depression, beat any adversary, and fix any family. According to Ephesians, He is accomplishing things in our lives that we do not even know. With the power of the Spirit within us, we are granted some of this power of the Mighty Savior.

Rely on the power of Christ in your life, in your workplace, and in your family. Do not try to fix them alone.

El Gibbor

Mighty God | Devotion #3: El Gibbor
Donna Fox | Assistant to the Growth Pastor

It seems everyone is searching for something (or someone) to fill a void in their life. Until we find Jesus, we are empty. This was me as a child and young adult. My father was an alcoholic. Life was not pleasant a lot of the time. I would lie in bed at night, listening to the fighting and commotion, thinking that there has got to be something out there I am missing in my life. I longed for peace.  God offers peace, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

I used to watch Superman on TV. Lois Lane would get herself into a predicament, and mild-mannered Clark Kent would transform into her superhero and rescue her. One time she was falling off the roof of a building several stories high, and of course, at the last moment, Superman swooped down and caught her. I was searching for that hero, someone to rescue me.

I needed a warrior, a strong, powerful Savior to enter my life and rescue me. My father did not fill that role. My brothers did not either. Not even my husband, as wonderful as he was (and is) could fit the role. He was not that “superhero” I needed to rescue me. I wanted a mighty warrior. In Hebrew, Mighty God is translated “El Gibbor,” the ultimate power over all. I longed for an “El Gibbor” in my life.  I finally found him on April 24, 1995!

When I was introduced to Jesus and began a relationship with Him, I was rescued!  A Mighty God had come into my life, and I knew He would fill the void. This was what I was searching for all my life. I was finally fulfilled and at peace. This was the superhero I needed in my life. One that would always be there to protect me, comfort me, and love me. In Hebrews 13:5, He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I spent years expecting someone to “save” me, a Savior. The Jews did as well. As prophesied in Isaiah and throughout the Old Testament, the Jews were expecting the Messiah to come and rescue them. When He did come, some recognized Jesus was the expected one; some did not. When your Savior calls out for you, do you recognize it is the Mighty God?

You are falling off the rooftop. You are almost to the first floor and then the ground. A Mighty God is reaching out to catch you and rescue you from certain death. Will you accept Him into your life? He is just waiting for you to believe and start a relationship with Him. Then the void in your life will be filled with His peace and love!

Letters to the Next One

Mighty God | Devotion #2: Letters to the Next One
Ryan Story | Student Pastor

For the prophet Isaiah, or any of the prophets for that matter, to prophesy that Jesus was coming has the same significances as me writing to my next child. To immerse myself in how the prophets of old must have felt, this month I will be writing to a child that I do not know. My wife and I have not even begun talking about another child, but to understand how amazing the first coming of Christ was, we must understand that people were writing about a person who they did not know.  I am writing theses devotionals November of 2017, and I am eager to read these December of 2018.  

Dear Child,

The things that God is going to do with your life are unfathomable! I cannot even begin to figure out what kind of person you will be. Will you be calm or wild? Will you have a thirst for righteousness and have a heart for those in need? Will you be logical and loving?  I cannot even begin to think what your personality will be like, to even think about what God is going to do with your life. Even though I do not know much about you, knowing you will be used by God is such a fantastic feeling. The biggest dreams I can dream for you are still infinitesimal compared to what God has planned for you! God can do so many things with one small child. When Jesus was born, angels rejoiced so much they became visible. A group of shepherds’ lives were changed at the sight of a small baby. A temple priest by the name of Simeon said he saw salvation when he held that small baby. Wise men traveled miles to meet a small boy that lived under a star. Jesus was mighty from the moment He was born. God can do mighty things with small babies. While you may not be able to boast of that kind of might, know that God loves using small things.

The prophet Zachariah said, “For who dares make light of small beginnings” (Zechariah 4:10 NET). I cannot think of anything smaller than a baby, and I cannot think of anything larger than your potential. The largest tree starts as a small seed, but with the proper nurturing look how tall they can grow. Some of the biggest companies that exist started in a garage or a basement. At one point I did not know anything about the Bible. At one point I did not know anything about Jesus. Years have passed and with a lot of hard work and being faithful to God; I am now trusted to teach the Bible to God’s people. I know God will be there to help you move whatever mountains are in your life, just never lose faith that He, in fact, can and will move them. Do not look at your limitations, look at God’s limitless power!

Your brothers both started out small, and they moved mountains in my heart. I cannot even begin to express how much I love them. I can only imagine how you will be able to be used by God to influence others and me. Never forget, size is not the same as power. Remember God used David to defeat Goliath. God only has one option: He must use the small to show His might. So let God show His might through you.

Having Complete Power

Mighty God | Devotion #1: Having Complete Power
Philip Piasecki | Worship Leader

There is nothing worse than feeling powerless. As humans, we always want to have some control in our lives. I remember driving my brother and myself to school one dark January morning when we hit a patch of ice on the freeway exit ramp. Instantly, I went from having complete control of my car, to having none at all. We spun 180 degrees to where we could see a semi truck heading straight for us. By the grace of God, I had the awareness to pull the wheel and slide us off into the ditch. My brother and I sat there speechless. I finally looked over at him and said: “Don’t tell mom about this.” Years later, we finally told my parents the story, and about how differently that morning could have gone for the both of us. Sometimes in life we can have this same feeling; it seems like our whole life is out of control, and that we have no power over what is happening. This is when we need to fix our eyes on the one who is the Mighty God. 

The word Almighty means “having complete power.” I am sure that is not the first thought that came to everyone’s mind when Jesus was first born as a baby. It is hard to imagine a tiny baby, that needs milk and needs to be changed, as having complete power. However, Jesus was fully God as well as fully man. God is Almighty. Therefore, Jesus is Almighty. When Jesus was born, He may not have been what the Jewish people were expecting for their king, but Jesus knew how His plan of redemption was going to unfold. Do we trust in Jesus as our Almighty God? I know that in my life, many times I put Christ in a box. I put limitations on what He can do, sometimes without even knowing it. However, it is evident in my prayers, my thoughts, and my actions. I know that if I daily approached Jesus as my Almighty God, that I would see drastic changes in my life. We see an incredible picture of who Jesus is in Psalm 24:8-10:

“Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!”

Our Lord is strong and mighty. He is mighty in battle. He is fighting for us every day; there is no reason to hang our heads, we need to lift them up to the One who is mighty to save. Life does not always bring what we are expecting, but Jesus is there for us no matter what comes our way. He is the Mighty God, who holds complete power, expect that He will show up in mighty ways in your own life.

Letters to the Next One

Wonderful Counselor | Devotion #6: Letters to the Next One
Ryan Story | Student Pastor

For the prophet Isaiah, or any of the prophets for that matter, to prophesy that Jesus was coming has the same significances as me writing to my next child. To immerse myself in how the prophets of old must have felt, this month I will be writing to a child that I do not know. My wife and I have not even begun talking about another child, but to understand how amazing the first coming of Christ was, we must understand that people were writing about a person who they did not know.  I am writing theses devotionals November of 2017, and I am eager to read these December of 2018.  

Dear Child,

There will never be a point in your life when I will not be here to give you godly advice. As long as I have breath in my lungs, I will not cease to help you in life. I want to see you be victorious over anything the enemy throws at you. I want you to run towards God with such a purpose you shed any weight that is slowing you down. I want to see you prosper in whatever Jesus has planned for you. I get overly excited even thinking about how amazing you are going to be, and I do not even know your name, gender, or when you will be here.

I have lived a life of making too many unwise choices that I will do anything to make sure you do not go through the same pains as I have. I have sat back and watched myself and many people who I have deeply loved make choices that are void of any wisdom. Ironically, James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” My hope for your life is you learn how to keep wisdom as the cornerstone of your walk with God. I have lived a life where I did not try to seek out becoming wise until I was older. I do not wish that upon any of my children. Learn to plead with God for wisdom because He will give it to you. Make sure you use that wisdom to help others because that is what God will want to see. Gifts are only good when you share them. 

Grow up in such a way that you realize how much more you will be able to do for God if you seek out wisdom. There will be a point in your life when someone is going to come to you and need advice. I pray you are able to take a page out of Jesus’ book and be able to counsel them. We live in such a world that needs more people to have godly wisdom. The church has many smart followers, but few wise leaders, and I want you to be wise beyond your years.

In Isaiah, one of the names used to foretell about His coming is “Wonderful Counselor.” I pray that you run, plead, and are relentless in your pursuit of wisdom. Instead of asking God “why is this happening,” learn to ask, “why is this best for my life?” Instead of being caught off guard by any rough times, be wise enough to know He is in control. Know that at any moment in your life, you know you can turn to a God that has your tomorrow already worked out. Never be too proud to ask for help. 

Never be too lazy to pray.

Never be too busy to help those God puts in your life.

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