Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Powerful Words

Rev 19:6 "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!'"

Last night my wife and I went downtown to see what we could see as they shoot the movie "The Avengers". I am not sure what we thought we were going to see. Maybe a movie star. Maybe an explosion. Maybe a guy flying out of a window of a building. All we saw was how they transformed Public Square into a German village and a bunch of extras running out of Tower City screaming. Why did we go there? It was something fun and unusual to do, and maybe we thought we would see something exciting.

Frankly, nothing that we could have seen last night, Hollywood stunts and explosions and all, is nothing compared to the fireworks that God has prepared. This is going to be an awesome, awesome time. The world is going to fight against God and the world is going to fall. The beast and the false prophet are going to meet their end. Everything that thinks it was powerful is going to see Who the ultimate power really is. And a great multitude will forcefully declare it and will say: "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!"

These seven words are packed.

Alleluia. It simply means: praise the Lord. Not praise the king, or praise the crowd, or praise the technology…just "praise the Lord." Not praise the President, or praise a rock star, or praise a politician, or praise an actor, or praise an athlete. No. There is only One who deserves our total and complete praise and adoration: The Lord. He is it. He is all. There is no competition.

Lord. The One who has the power to decide. The master and controller of all things. The owner. The sovereign. The Lord is in control. The Lord is over all. The Lord calls the shots. As I watch what is going on in the world I have to remember that it is the Lord who is running the show. We deceive ourselves in thinking that we have some influence. No way. He is the Lord and He is in total and complete control.

God. The One. The Only. The True. Some people claim that He does not exist. Some people claim to be atheists. Frankly, to be an atheist is not logical because no one knows everything and if it is possible for a God to exist outside one's realm of knowledge, then they cannot claim to be an atheist. The truth is, God is real. He created it all. He defines truth. He defines justice. He defines all that is good. He defines love.

Omnipotent. The Almighty. The ruler. He who holds sway over all things. If you have been raised in the church you have heard the big three words: Omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. The first two words are not found anywhere in the Bible. The third word is…and the Lord God is almighty. He is all mighty. He is totally and completely powerful. To fight against Him, to deny Him, to think I can control my life is futile. He is omnipotent in all things.

Reigns. He is the King. He is the ultimate authority. He rules over all people and all things. The sooner we get that reality into our brains the better it is for us. The easier it is for us. Life just seems to go much smoother. But when we think that we reign, when we think that we are in control everything gets screwed up. Why? Because the Lord God Omnipotent Reigns. Not just in the future, but today, tomorrow and forever.

Seven powerful words. May they be reality in my life.

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