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Things God Cannot Change (6 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
September 2. 2007
1. An Unprofitable Prayer!
A) For Prosperity
B) For Protection
2. An Unavoidable Penalty!
A) Sin could not be Overlooked
B) Shame could not be Overturned
3. An Unfathomable Patience!
A) He will Rescue Them
B) He will Restore Them
We often make the statement, "There is nothing God cannot do." I confess that I have often made that statement, and I do quoting Luke 1: 37, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." The message of the angel to Mary's wondering heart was that what was impossible with man was not impossible with God.
Jesus said in Matthew 19: 26, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Again, we hear our Lord say in Mark 10: 27, "With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible."
I think of a Sunday school teacher that was questioning her class after a series of lessons on God's awesome power. She asked, "Is there anything God can't do?" There was complete silence, when all of the sudden little Johnny shouted out, "He can't please everybody."
The Bible does tell us that there are 3 specific things that God cannot do. In James 1: 13 we are told that God "cannot be tempted with evil," or God cannot sin.
In 2 Timothy 2: 13, we read that God "cannot deny himself," or He cannot be unfaithful. In Titus 1: 2 we are informed that God "cannot lie." So, in response to the statement, "There is nothing God cannot do," we would have to say that there are certain things God cannot do in relation to sinfulness, faithfulness and truthfulness.
As we come to this section of Jeremiah's message we learn that while are certain things God cannot do, there are also certain things God cannot change. Jeremiah has preached to a people who have forsaken and forgotten God.
The nation of Judah, God's own people, had turned ...
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