This month we have been in adoration of and supplication to our God, who is unlimited in mercy, grace, favour, power, victory, care, and love. I wish to draw our attention to the confidence in the assertions of God himself from a few passages of scripture.
The first scripture shows us Moses who in approaching his near-impossible task was logical and reasonable in asking for a reference and an explanation. He knew he would have to reckon with every day and real-life situations that would confront him in the journey of his life- that was about to be consumed with the task, burden, mission and purpose of his life.
God’s response to Moses was precise, confident and monumental. God chose historical facts from His previous victories in the life of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The lives of each of those men had a before, and an after experience with the God that had no limits. Remembrance and understanding of the role of God might have cause not only the enslaved Hebrews to contemplate there would be a before and after following their encounter with a God that cannot be limited; but also Moses to recognize life would never be the same.
‘Exodus 3: 13-15: 13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I Am that I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Amhath sent me unto you.
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.’
God not only established Himself as ‘The One’ but also decided this fact should be a monument guiding our understanding, as well as physical and spiritual occupation thenceforth. The would be an afterwards of our lives that proclaim God as the unlimited! The I am!!
Centuries later, in speaking to John the beloved, Jesus expanded on that way of referring to God. He went on to assure John that he need not fear at all. Not only had He defeated death and everything to be fearful about, He also had at his disposal everything that could cause fear, terrify of trouble the Christian.
‘Revelations 1:8- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.’
‘Revelations 1:17-18- And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.’
The unlimited God transcends time. Nothing precedes the beginning and nothing outlast the end. Nothing is more potent or stronger than the Almighty. Although the saints who have been dead in Christ will be able to say, as everyone alive now
that has been raised up from the dead can utter the same ‘I am he that liveth, and was
dead’.However only the ‘I am’ was before, he was during, and he was afterwards his death. In addition, he was in charge and in control throughout His experience of death. The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, not only transcends death: but also transcends all knowledge, all wisdom, all understanding, all logic, all possibilities, all argument, all theories, all systems, all of everything, all powers and all references. The only reference and the highest authority that can be successfully applied to God is His own self, His word and His self-reference.
God can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants it, by however methods or ways he chooses, and whenever he decides. He can do all that without needing permission, explanation, discussion, or prior notification. After doing whatever, whenever, however, wherever, He can decide to do it all over again, or act completely differently. Nothing and no one can resist. God is almighty, omnipotent, I am that I am!
So it does not matter what my life or yours has been like, or will be: the self-testimony and perpetual memorial to us is that He God is my God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob- the I am, Almighty and unlimited God. As a consequence, in hanging onto faith in Him and depending on His trajectory for our individual lives He wants us to ‘Fear not’.
In conclusion, we shall reflect upon and draw our prayer points from the following scriptures, that with the confidence of the unlimited God, demonstrates the mind of God, and thus his intention for the direction of our lives, families, preoccupations and eternity.
Psalm 147: 5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
1 Kings 8:27 – ‘27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?’
Job 36:22-24 – 22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and
what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
‘19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness ofGod.’
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
1 Corinthians 2:9
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
There is no salvation outside the name of Jesus. Encounter with Him, knowledge and acceptance of His lordship is only the start to the after-encounter that the likes of Abraham, his children, Moses and John the beloved enjoyed in the mission of their lives. We, who belong to God and are called by his name, ought to continue in the power and confidence our unlimited God has demonstrated.
My prayer is that you have the disruptive and authoritative encounter of the unlimited God and that after-encounter that alters everything in favour of the kingdom of God.
The sermon, The Unlimited God, by Minister Yomi Sanusi, was delivered on May 27, 2018.