God as Omnipotent Creator

in-the-beginning-1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

This is where everything that exists (and has ever existed) had its beginning. It all began with God Himself. First, the Eternal God created this thing called time … then within this new dimension of time God created the universe, the cosmos. This is the clear Biblical record.

Creatio ex nihilo is a Latin phrase that states that creation came into existence out of nothing. In other words, God did not use any preexisting materials to create, but rather created the very materials of the creation. The materials of creation (i.e. “matter”) — the design of creation, the order of creation … God created all of it. The so-called intelligent designer is none other than God Himself, the God of the Bible.

The New Testament supports this doctrine; consider Hebrews 11:3:

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Worship is ascribed to God because He has done these things, as we see from Revelation 4:11:

“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”

Think about it: when we understand and believe God as Creator, we now have a base from which to operate. Now we know how everything exists, and who is responsible for it. This truth is the framework for the meaning of our lives and the world in which we live.

Think about it: worship in heaven centers largely around this truth; we deem Him worthy to receive glory, honor, and power because He did this. Worship on earth should be focused in the same way.

Think about it: Genesis 1:1 is the foundation of all faith. If we believe Genesis 1:1, we immediately recognize that God is all-powerful (omnipotent). He can do anything. In fact, nothing is ever too difficult for Him to do. Prayers of faith start with Genesis 1:1 (see Acts 4:24-31). Remember: the difficulty of any situation must be measured by the capacity of the one solving the problem. Since God created everything, obviously He is capable of handling anything (see Genesis 18:13-14 and Jeremiah 32:26-27 as examples).

For Further Review

1.  Spend some time pondering the fact that God created everything. Take a look at the nighttime stars, think about the trees, about the animal kingdom, about the human race. Jot down your thoughts of God and His immense power, then worship Him accordingly.

2.  What is the largest mountain in your life right now? As you meditate upon verses like Jeremiah 32:27, how does your perspective change? Spend some time in prayer, and commit these things to the only One that is big enough to handle them.

3.  What are some of the lies you may have believed about the source and purpose of your life? How does Genesis 1 correct those lies, and give you the proper foundation upon which you can build your life?

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  1. February 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

    The biggest lie I once believed was that God was “The big man upstairs” separated and distant, who might hear my prayers if I was good and did what was right, but He would punish me and send me to hell if I sinned and did bad things.
    The reality is that before He conceived (founded) the world He intimately and personally knew us and planned to offer His loving grace to us through our Savior Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1: 3 -6

  2. Jane Reed
    February 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    My awareness of the blessings and gifts of nature comes easily to me and that may be borne out of the very simplicity of my daily life. It has always aided me in my worship of God. In reading Genesis 1 my biggest take-away is the fact that the earth was “without form, void and dark” and yet God’s Spirit moved (or according to other translations, hovered) upon the face of the waters. I personalize this……God hovers over (moves upon) the many moments of formlessness, emptiness and darkness of my life and brings goodness and meaning out of it. How I thank Him for that! Knowing how very big He is surely does help to make my “mountains” look small.

  3. February 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

    As I continue to grow in Christ, I forget to go back to my beginnings, The beginning. My faith starts right here, “In the beginning, God created…” Thanks You Pastor Bill once again for your teachings.
    In HIS Grip,
    Saundra

  4. Rob
    February 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Excited about your study in genesis!
    Today at 4:00 pm pacific standard time Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye on creation. Pray for Gods spirit of conviction to fall on those who are far from God!

  5. Larry Patrick
    February 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you Bill, and now; for the rest of the story: “back to Genesis”

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