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There are no limits to the power of God

Rev Gareth Burke, Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Don't forget to turn your clock back. Yes, tonight is the night when, before we go to bed, we need to wander round the house and alter our clocks. You could easily forget and that would be a great pity because you're entitled to an extra hour in bed.

I find that what used to be a straightforward procedure has become increasingly complicated, with all kinds of gadgets which display the time now automatically turning themselves back. So, be careful, in case you end up with a two-hour lie-in tomorrow morning.

In the Bible we read of a remarkable moment when God turned the clock back. Hezekiah, the king of Judah, was very ill. He prayed to God for help in his time of illness, and the Lord, through the prophet Isaiah, assured him that he would quickly recover and would live for a further 15 years.

Hezekiah was so startled by this news that he asked God to give him a sign to prove that what the prophet had said would actually come to pass. We are told that God "caused the shadow to move 10 steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz" (2 Kings 20: 11). While there is much debate over what this sundial actually looked like, it is generally agreed that it was used as a way of telling the time - it was Ahaz's clock. Isn't God remarkable. He has the power, as the creator, to alter the shadow. In fact, nothing is impossible with God.

Maybe just now you are passing through some kind of deep crisis. Take heart from the example of Hezekiah. God is able to help when you cry to Him. His power knows no limits. In fact, we who are Christians have experienced his remarkable power at work in our lives. Once we were tightly held in the grip of sin, unable to free ourselves and incapable of turning our lives around. But the God of all power broke into our lives, set us free from our captivity to sin and enabled us to trust in Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord. Such amazing power. I hope you have experienced God's saving power at work in your life and that you can sing with Charles Wesley: "He breaks the power of cancelled sin; He sets the prisoner free."

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