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God Has Self-Imposed Limitations
Outline by Brian A. Yeager
A. We read and discuss Scriptures such as: Job 42:1-2 and Matthew 19:26
1. God is the Almighty (Genesis 17:1).
2. God is dependable (I Corinthians 1:9).
B. Yet, when discussing the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient God we must NOT take what God says to unreasonable conclusions (II Peter 3:15-18).
1. Example, man reads Romans 8:28-39 and concludes that Christians will have easygoing lives.
2. Man ignores that God set forth laws that limit His interference with man’s actions (Job 4:8, Ecclesiastes 9:11, Matthew 5:10-12, etc.).
3. Therefore, it is necessary for us to study and honestly realize (II Timothy 2:15) that God has self-imposed limitations.
II. Body: Nothing Is Too Hard For God (Jeremiah 32:17-19), But That Doesn’t Mean God Will Do Any and Everything Either (Psalms 89:31-37).
A. God can see and hear everything (I Samuel 16:7 and Jeremiah 23:23-24).
1. Yet, He limits who He listens to (Isaiah 59:1-3 and I Peter 3:12).
2. He chooses when to stop seeing (II Kings 17:13-18).
B. God can do whatever He wants and that is the key (Isaiah 46:9-10).
1. He does not want to be dishonest (Titus 1:2).
2. He does not want any to perish (I Timothy 2:3-4 and II Peter 3:9), but He limited His role by giving man freewill (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 and Acts 2:40).
3. Consider that, in many other ways, God’s unchanging ways are self-limiting (Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8). Example...
a. He makes a covenant and keeps it (Psalms 105:6-8 and Micah 7:20).
b. Because His character is unchanging, even though He is Almighty and angered, He keeps His promises (Psalms 78:1-72).
C. God can be everywhere (Psalms 139:7-13).
1. Yet, He chooses not to be (Hosea 9:11-12).
2. He does not want to be in darkness (I John 1:5).
D. God can do wonders in Heaven and on the earth (Acts 2:1-19).
1. Yet, He has various limits He has set in place for various reasons (I Corinthians 12:28-13:13).
2. Even when miracles were performed by men through the Spirit of God, such was not without boundaries (II Corinthians 12:7-9).
III. Conclusion: Once He has settled on something, even on a self-imposed boundary, there is no variableness [change] in Him (James 1:17).
A. Therefore, understand, even our prayers have to be in accordance with His unchanging will (I John 5:14-15).
B. By asking the Lord to reset His boundaries we are showing that we really do not know Him at all (Numbers 23:19).
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