Pastor Ron Swanson
Mar 5, 2018
As Christians, we believe that God can do anything! The Scriptures are replete with examples of God’s power in action. In Genesis, He spoke, and the universe came into being. In Joshua, He made the sun stand still. And, Jesus’ miracles were so plenteous that the apostle wrote, “If they were all written down, I suppose the world itself couldn’t contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25).
From a power standpoint, we know that all things are possible with God. Yet, from a moral standpoint, some things are so far removed from His Divine nature, that the Bible declares them to be “impossible”. For the next two weeks, I want to explore four things that God can’t do.
1. God Cannot Lie
How would you like to serve a God who changed His mind about His promises? It would be horrible! You could never be confident of your salvation – (or anything else, for that matter) – because He might change His mind! But, thank God, we never have to worry about that happening. His promises are more sure than tomorrow’s sunrise, for the Scriptures declare, “God cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). It’s impossible (Heb. 6:18).
2. God Can’t be Unfaithful
As human beings, we can be unfaithful, but God can't. “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful because he cannot be untrue to himself.” (2 Tim. 2:13). I especially like how that reads in another translation: “If we are disloyal, he stays faithful because he can’t be anything other than what he is.”
I can’t think of a better example of unfaithfulness than the disciples on the night that Jesus was crucified. Peter had sworn to be faithful to the Lord, even if it cost him his life. Yet, when the chips were down, three times Peter denied that he knew Him. Recognizing the magnitude of his betrayal, Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Yet, on resurrection morn, God’s faithfulness was realized in the angel’s message. “Now go and tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:7 CEV)
Isn’t that amazing? Jesus issued a special invitation to Peter! He wanted him to know that he was still welcome in their number. No matter how you might have failed Him in the past – even in the midst of your greatest unfaithfulness – Jesus remains ever faithful.
Pastor Ron Swanson
Mar 12, 2018
We’ve been looking four at things that (the Bible says) God can’t do. Last week, we discovered that God can’t lie (Titus 1:2), and He can’t be unfaithful (2 Tim. 1:2).
3. God Can’t Abandon You
In Hebrews 13:5, Jesus promised to never leave us, nor forsake us. Many of us have committed that verse to memory. But, did you ever read it in the Amplified Bible?
“For God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you, nor give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake you, nor let you down, or relax my hold on you. Assuredly not!”
What a wonderful promise! When God says, “I will not” three times in the same verse, it’s because He wants you to be confident of what he’s about to say! It’s a fact: He’s not leaving! (Keeping in mind what we’ve learned about God’s truthfulness, that means we have a very secure promise of His never-ending presence in our lives.)
4. God Can Never Stop Loving You
As I write these words, Easter is a few short weeks away. With Jesus’ death on the Cross in mind, here are three statements for you to ponder:
a.) God’s love moved Him to pay the highest price possible for your salvation!
When it came time to send a Savior to redeem us, God didn’t say, “Who have we got in Heaven that we don’t need?” No, He sent His very best! He sent the “Son of His love” (Col 1:13 Amp).
b.) God loved you before you ever tried to please Him!
Think about that! You had God’s maximum love when you were at your worst. If He loved you that much while you were rejecting Him, do you think He loves you any less now that you’ve received Him, and are endeavoring to serve Him?
c.) God’s love for you will never come to an end!
Jeremiah 31:3 – “The Lord has appeared of old unto me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love …” Now, this statement might seem obvious, but think about it. An “everlasting love” is a love that lasts forever. That means God is never going to run out of love for you. Ever. It’s impossible for Him to stop loving you.