God is Able
October 23, 2023
First, I want to begin by thanking you, my partner, for your faith, prayers, and supply you bring to this ministry.
I have just returned from a glorious trip to Brazil, and without your faithful support, opportunities such as these wouldn’t happen.
We began in the city of Caxias do Sul where about 400 ministers gathered for a conference. I shared with them on a number of subjects with faith being the primary focus. I gave away many photographs of Brother Hagin with his fingers illustrating the numbers one and three. This photograph was taken at my church many years ago while sharing his prominent message from Mark 11:23 when Jesus told him that you have to do three times as much preaching on saying as you do believing. The people loved receiving them.
After the conference was over, I ministered in the church of the host pastors, and it was a blowout! The Spirit of God was poured out, and people were filled. The sanctuary and overflow area was packed. Then when they ran out of seats, the young people sat on the floor and stage. What a blessing it was to see hunger like that in the local church.
My next stop was in São Paulo where 1,200 ministers gathered together for a conference. Once again, the Spirit of God moved in a mighty way. By the time I left Brazil, everyone was shouting, “Oh yeah,” referencing “All the promises of God are yes and amen.” The spirit of unity and excellence reigns among this precious group of believers.
When I think about where this move of God began in Brazil, in the heart of a man named Bud Wright from the great state of Alabama, I think about the phrase “GOD IS ABLE” that we find time and time again throughout the Scriptures. Anytime you see this phrase, there is always a qualifier attached to it. Take a look at a few references.
Romans 14:4, Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Notice here that the one whom God is able to make stand is referring to God’s servant, not His child. This serving relationship is the qualifier.
II Corinthians 9:7-8, …not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,may abound to every good work:
God’s ability to make favor and grace abound toward us is promised to the cheerful sower, not just anyone who is a believer.
Ephesians 3:20, Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
This is promised to the one who takes action by asking God for some things and expanding their thinking. Small thinking won’t get you far, and God’s ability in our lives is restricted based on our thinking.
Jude 1:24, Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
If you look at the verses that precede this one, you will see that this promise is given to the one who is building himself up continually and working together with God to help others.
In each of these examples, we see the ability of God magnified, and it is imperative that we never lose sight of that. Many in the church focus on whether something is the will of God, thus minimizing the ability of God. However, Jesus addressed that in Mark 9 when the father, whose son who was dumb, came to Jesus asking for His help. The father said, “if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” Jesus immediately took the emphasis off of His ability and placed the responsibility on the father to believe. Take a look at Jesus’ response.
Mark 9:23 NIV, “‘If you can?’ said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Can you hear the tone in Jesus when He fires back at this father? Jesus wasn’t gently helping him along with his response. In fact, He drove this man to tears because of the sternness of His response. My point is that Jesus was more protective concerning peoples’ attitudes toward God’s ability than He was their attitudes towards God’s will.
In Matthew 8:2-3 we find the time when the leper approached Jesus saying, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him saying, ‘I will; be thou clean.’” Notice how soft Jesus’ response was to this man. He expressed His will in a calm, gentle manner, settling it once and for all.
Where we must be careful is how we approach God’s ability based on our circumstances. God’s ability to work in your life is not dependent upon the economy of the day or the severity of the doctor’s report. We must know that regardless of what we face, GOD IS ABLE!
When my friend, Bud Wright, began his work in Brazil, it was slow going at first, but he knew he was in the will of God and he knew that God desired a mighty move to take place there. Today, as I look at all that has transpired in that nation, regardless of the economy, elections, or anything else, I see the ability of God in a mighty way.
Friend, don’t give up! Refuse to cast away your confidence in the ability of God. He is for you, and so am I. Thank you again for your love and support!