Power Within

Ephesians 3:20-21

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

To me, This is one of the most empowering verses in the whole New Testament.  If you get excited when you read this verse, you must be missing something.  God has placed within you somethiing supernatural, and I can only try to explain what it is. it.  I split these two verses because verse 20 is so important for us to understand

The first thing we have to realize is that the “him” that is talked about here is Jesus Christ. He is the one Paul is referring to when he says He’s able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all. Jesus Christ can do more for us than we can possibly imagine with our finite minds. We put God in a box sometimes and think He can only do so much. We also seem to have a formula to get Gpd t do something i.e pray, worship, get others praying etc.But He can do so much more, and He doesn’t care about our formulas.  In fact, He can do above all that we can ask or even think. You know, when I think about, that I get excited beyond measure.

 As I’ve mentioned many times I’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Now listen to what God did. I had pneumonia twice last year – once in December of 2015 and once in February of 2016. Because it was so close together my doctor decided to do a CT scan. When the radiologist looked at the results he noticed lesions all over my bones. He called my doctor and told him that those lesions with multiple myeloma. My doctor said radiologists never say things like that. I have talked to many people that have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Most of the time they have suffered terribly from bone pain, trouble with their back, kidney failure or extreme anemia – or a combination of all those things. In me it was caught way before any of those things settled in. I was at stage two out of three stages, so it was serious and we needed to start treatment immediately. Do you see what God did? He spared me the pain and the suffering that so many other people went through with the same disease. He can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. When I got that diagnosis I just had to praise the Lord that it was caught before it got too bad.
But we have to look at the last part of this to really get it. It’s according to the power that works in US. The power that works in US. You see he does these things through the spirit of God that’s within us. It’s not that these healings and miracles and the exceeding, abundant thing that he does come from the outside in.  NO. They come from the inside out. And we forget that we have that power within us. We have the faith inside of us to accomplish moving a mountain if we need to. It’s the power that works within us which we summon through Jesus Christ our Lord.

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Christ must be the glory of the church. No one else in the church should get any glory,.  That doesn’t mean we don’t say thank you to the person who sings that Sunday special we don’t say thank you Pastor for a wonderful sermon. These things bring encouragement to other people. We’re not glorifying them as we do Christ. Let’s make sure that we’re not glorifying them.  Make sure that we’re not idolizing that TV preacher or that evangelist to a higher elevation than Jesus. It’s much more important that Christ be glorified in the church now and forevemore in the future

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