Wednesday, May 18, 2016

{ POWER }

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The past few months I have spent time meditating on the greatness and necessity of God's power in my life. Truly, it is only through the working of the Holy Spirit that we are saved and transformed and sustained. Have you ever felt helpless against the difficulties in this world, the sin struggle in your own life, or the mountain of responsibility in front of you? Then turn to Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit within you.

Let's focus on four powerful verses in Ephesians, shall we? (Sorry, couldn't resist that pun.) The weight of these statements causes my faith to rise in amazement and thanksgiving!



His Power Saves Us

His incomparably great POWER for us who believe. That POWER is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His 
right hand in the heavenly realms. (Eph. 1:19-20)

Soak in those words for a moment: the very power Who raised Christ from the dead is the same power working in us who believe. Are you believing Him? Are you trusting in the working of His mighty strength on your behalf?

Matthew Henry writes: "It is a desirable thing to know experimentally the mighty power of that grace beginning and carrying on the work of faith in our souls. . . . It is nothing less than an almighty power that will work this in us. . . . the exceeding greatness of God's almighty power, that power which God exerts towards his people, and by which he raised Christ from the dead."


His Power Strengthens Us

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with POWER through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Eph. 3:16-17)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty POWER. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  (Eph. 6:10-11)

When we are weak, His Spirit gives us strength to keep walking, to persevere. And not merely to endure and plod along (although there are days for that) but to thrive in the midst of whatever surrounds us because He strengthens us out of His glorious riches--and they are more than enough to bring joy and the ability to stand strong. "That strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man is the best and most desirable strength, strength in the soul, the strength of faith and other graces, strength to serve God and to do our duty, and to persevere in our Christian course with vigor and with cheerfulness" (Matthew Henry).

Let's pause here a moment to notice that this power is always connected to Him and really has nothing to do with us at all (except that we acknowledge and trust in and relinquish control to Him).
      * HIS incomparably great power ("exceeding greatness") (1:19)
      * HIS mighty strength (1:19)
      * power through HIS Spirit (3:16)
      * according to HIS power (3:20)
      * HIS mighty power (6:10)


His Power Sustains Us

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His POWER that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, 
for ever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)

There is no limit or weariness or exhaustion to His great power! The days are long and some moments seem too heavy to handle, but "There is an inexhaustible fulness of grace and mercy in God, which the prayers of all the saints can never draw dry. Whatever we may ask, or think to ask, still God is still able to do more, abundantly more, exceedingly abundantly more" (Matthew Henry).  And this "abundantly more" is accomplished by His power at work within us!





The Apostle Paul turns this declaration of God's ability, fittingly, into praise of His awesome glory: "to Him be the glory"! Acknowledgement of Who He Is (Powerful and Mighty!) should always lead to adoration.

And these are but the outer fringe of His works;
how faint the whisper we hear of Him!
Who then can understand the thunder of His POWER?
Job 26:14

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