Personal Study Lesson: The Lord God Is Almighty
Chapter taken from "Maintaining a Believing Heart
Written By Cypress Ministries
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Each of these four living creatures had six wings and was covered all over with eyes,
inside and out. Day and night they never stop saying;
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.
He was, he is, and he is coming.”
The Lord is all-powerful, all-knowing, and almighty. When we come to the end of our rope and we see no visible way around the barriers, obstructions, and roadblocks that are in the way of what we know we have been called to do, then we need to rely on God to give us a breakthrough. Sometimes He wants us to have the faith to “tell our obstacles to move” and other times He tells us that the only way for us to succeed is “not by your strength, but mine” (See Zechariah 4:6.)
- Question: How much faith does it say you need?
- Question: What did these two instances have in common?
In both cases, they had faith, but what is another key factor in both of these? Did you see it? They both believed. They believed Jesus could and they believed Jesus would.
“This is what the One who is holy and true,
who holds the key to David, says.
When he opens a door, no one can close it.
And when he closes it, no one can open it”
The first thing to know from this verse is that ultimately Jesus is our door and He alone provides an opening to God’s throne of grace, and when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior no one can take that away from us, no one can close that door on us.
The second thing we can learn from this verse is that, if God closes a door, then it cannot be opened by our hand. However, if God opens a door for us, no matter what anyone else may try to do they will NOT be able to close it on us.
- Question: When does it say He will give His help to us?
- Question: Why do you think He waits?
I personally think God waits for a few reasons. (1) So that we will learn to focus and rely on Him instead of ourselves. (2) Sometimes what we think we may need isn’t our truest and deepest need. (3) Because of our limited vision, we can’t see what is ahead and so often we use our resources on other things that either we shouldn’t or don’t need to because God already has a plan.
We also need to remember that not all of our needs are in the way of finances. But, as long as we look to God, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, He promises to take care of us.
- Question: What example does Paul set for us?
“The LORD’S voice is heard over the sea.
The glorious God thunders; the LORD thunders over the ocean.”
When God speaks, things happen. At the sound of God’s voice the deserts shake, the mighty mountains tremble, even the roar of the waves can only come as far as God will allow them. When we look at difficult situations we have in our lives, they can seem huge, even terrifying.
- Read the rest of Psalm 29:3-9
- Question: What is the single most pressing situation you are facing right now?
- Question: In comparison to the verses from Psalm 29 that you just read, where does your situation fit?
- Question: Do you believe that the LORD, whose voice can make the lightning flash, have the strength to help you overcome your situation?
God is all knowing. When Moses was upon the mountain learning and obtaining instructions to take back to the Israelites, they were down at the bottom of the mountain, fashioning a golden calf to worship. God told Moses to go back down because the people were ruining themselves by worshiping a false god. Notice, no one came up and interrupted God and Moses’ meeting to tell on the Israelites. No one came running up to inform God; during His conversation with Moses, God became aware of what was happening and was the one to tell Moses (See Exodus 32). It was the same way with Jesus. So often in scripture, we read, “and Jesus knew what they were thinking…” There is nothing in our lives, small or big, that escapes God’s notice.
- Reflection: God doesn’t need us to tell Him our concerns; He already knows what we are going through. But He wants us to share with Him our requests so that we know when He has answered our prayers. If we never ask for anything specific then we wouldn’t know when to glorify Him for something He has done in direct response to our prayers. It is also in communicating with Him our concerns that we build our relationship with Him.
- Write out in prayer what your biggest concern is and what you feel your deepest need is at this moment in your life. Also ask God that if what you think you need is different than what you are seeing, then pray that He will give you wisdom to understand the difference.
When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they did so on dry land. (See Exodus 14:13-22.) But when it came time to cross the Jordan River, the priests were told to first step out into the water and then the waters would part. God showed them the first time that He was all mighty and could part the waters, but the second time they had to recall what had happened before and trust that God would keep His Word and believe Him to do so again. (See Joshua 3:7-13.)
That’s how we grow in faith. God teaches us something about Himself, and then when the time comes, He expects us to remember and trust Him.
- Question: What kind of memory stone do you have? What is something God has done for you to show you that He can, that He will, and that He is with you? If you can’t think of one, then ask God to bring to mind one or ask Him to do something so that starting now you can begin a “Jordan Rock” to hold onto and pass down.
When we face situations, when we “have to go into battle,” we need to remember that as long as we are following God, and we are in the center of His will; He will go before us. He will not leave us on our own to face the enemy by ourselves. (See Deuteronomy 20:1-3.)
“Be still” is something we may often hear from God, however, there are different types of “be still.” There are times when He wants us to be quiet and listen for His voice, there are times when it isn’t time to move so He wants us to “be still” and wait, and then there are times when He tells us that it isn’t our battle to fight, that this is something He has to do, so He picks up our sword and tells us to watch Him.
- Read 2 Chronicles 20:13-23
- Question: At these times, when God commands us to simply watch Him as He fights and gives us victory, what should we be doing?
- Question: Why would you say praising Him so gloriously at these times is so important?
PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, we praise You for being so mighty, God, we praise You for being all powerful, all knowing, and seeing all that we go through.
LORD God, we are so thankful that nothing can come at us that You have not all ready seen and can prepare us for. We thank You because Your Word says that nothing can or will come to us that hasn’t already been sifted by Your hand and that You are not aware of.
Lord, thank You for this time that we have been able to share in Your Word. Thank You for teaching us, leading us, guiding us, and at times fighting for us. God, help us to always know that You are with us wherever we go. God, I pray for this reader, that this person will feel Your presence with them. God, I pray that they will begin to see Your mighty hand moving in their lives.
In Christ Jesus’ name I pray,