Introduction: Tonight I am going to talk about "nothing." I can hear it now. "I have heard you preach scores of times and I have heard you talk about "nothing" many times!" Seriously, I am going to talk about "nothing" tonight.
Did you hear the one about the preacher who was sick with the flu? His wife decided to take his temperature and mistakenly picked up a barometer instead of the thermometer. She looked at the reading and it said, "Dry and windy!"
Actually, I want you to briefly consider with me four passages of scripture that on the surface seem to have nothing in common except for the word "nothing." Yet together these four "nothing" passages say something very important about living the faith.
Luke 1:37. This text is the foundation of everything. The angel had just told Mary the startling news that she was to bear the Christ child, the very Son of God born into human flesh. The problem was she was not married and not been with a man. How could such a thing happen? The angel's answer: With God nothing is impossible!
This is the bedrock of our certainty and our faith. If we doubt this principle or reject the truth behind it we just won't get it! The majority of the Bible's message will be beyond us. Almighty God is the creator of all. He is the Lord of all. He is the master of everything. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is beyond his power—if he wills it.
Here lies our certainty in salvation. He can save us—anyone, no matter how bad or how old. Nothing is impossible with God. Here lies our certainty in prayer. If God wills, he can! Nothing is beyond is ability. This is our certainty in the future. God can sustain and protect us no matter what comes. Nothing is greater than our God!
1 Tim. 6:7-8. "For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." If the first passage is the source of our certainty, then th ...
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