January 5, 2023 – This I Believe – Almighty

The next little while we’ll be looking at the Apostles’ Creed.  You can find it below. And, if you’d not, I’d encourage you to memorize it.  It’s a great thing for all of us to have committed to memory: 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

I wanted to finish up something from yesterday, and that is the concept of God, the Father Almighty.  Let’s talk about the “Almighty” portion of that.  

What that means is that God the Father is ultimately sovereign or in control of all things.  Scripture is full of this truth.  We see that God works all things for good (Romans 8:28).  God’s plans cannot be stopped (Job 42:2).  He is God alone, and He does as wills (Psalm 115:3).  There are many, many verses that highlight this. 

This is so important because it reminds us that we can trust in God and that we can have hope in difficult times. We don’t have to be worried; we don’t have to be swayed, we can hope, we can trust, we can have faith, no matter what. 

God is in control of time, history, and the church.  Trust, have faith. 

Believe that God is at work and God is in control.  It’s right there in the essential beliefs of our church.  We do not have to be afraid or worry.  God has this.  We can hope, we can have faith, we can rejoice in hard circumstances.  

Because God is God.  He is in control.  He is God.  He is the Father.  He is almighty.  

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