Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout the ages, world without end. KJV
Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we could ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages, world without end. Amen. NLT
The Lord did some extraordinary things in my life over the last few weeks, things that I truly thought were beyond what is possible in my life, and things I felt I had no right to ask or expect from God.
Now the Lord has allowed me to see many things that were, and are coming my way, both good and bad, from a distance, before they appear materially or physically—but these things I am talking about now I did not see at all until he delivered them.
Evidently Paul had had this experience before me, and this is not the first time I have had experiences similar to Paul’s, I think all of us cover some of the same ground that Paul covered, and some of the ground that our companions now in the flesh covers.
But look at the text! Glory be to God. By his mighty power at work in us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. Now this word says, by his mighty power working in us—it acknowledges God’s power, and then it acknowledges that his power is at work within us.
The thing that jumps out at me is the fact that this power of God is unlimited in us—it says here, that that power of God within us is able to do above all we ask or think, more than we ever dare to ask or hope.
That text comes to mind that says: Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
*Now the kicker here is “for them that love him.” to love God simply means that you are conscious of him—that you know him within your spirit, for to know him is to love him—now to know him; and to know about him; are two different things.
You know about him from reading the bible and other religious materials—you know about him by the hearing of the ear.
But one know him, and love him because one’s inner being, that which is entirely spiritual about our everlasting being, has been allowed to lead us to a sacred knowledge of who God is, and who we are in conjunction to him.
Now you can lose track of God, if you allow yourself to follow the track of the world, and you will not know him, you will only know about him.
These are they that love the Lord; for to know him is to love him—one cannot know him by reading about him, or by hearing about him—but God is eternally seeking to draw us into a knowledge of him that will fill our days and our nights, and make us a conscious part of who he is.
So, now are we the sons and daughters of God, but it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him.
*It does not yet appear what we shall be—we cannot dare ask to be like the angels in the shape we are in now—we dare not hope to be like Jesus in the shape we are in now—but his mighty power at work within us will make us like him when he shall appear.
We cannot do much to effect the change from the mundane to the being like him, but he is at work within us doing that—all we can materially and physically do is to give him glory in the church—give him honor and give him praise in the church—when we do this we draw the attention of those who know about him, but do not know him—we give him praise, we give him honor by the life we live in the church and before the world.
Now here is a hard true-ism—when you bring glory to God, his glory over shadows you, when you give praise to him, you bring his praise upon you, when you give honor to him, he honors you—when you do this you don’t have to worry about people liking you, you don’t have to worry about having friends, God shares his glory and his honor with you, and all those who love the Lord will also love you, for we are cut from the same cloth.
How is this possible—He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
The battle is not yours but the Lord’s—just seek to know him and he will direct your path, and it will be well with you despite what the world does to you.
He is able—that’s what the three Hebrew Boys understood—he is able to deliver us out of this fiery furnace—but if not we will not bow down.
There is always the challenge of the world to our spirit to bow down, to give in to it—but if you hold out you will find that you have help in holding out—for he is able to do abundantly more than you are able to ask or think.
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