Before we get started, Lord please annoint the hands that type the words of your love and grace. God use them to convey a message that is so moving that, they know you had to be apart of it. God please allow these words to heal, deliver, and protect each reader from anything the devil is trying to throw at them. God I understand that they might be familar with this text, allow these words to give them new insight. May these things be done in Your name, for Your Glory, Amen.
Trust me, You’ve Probably Heard This Before.
Let’s break this down. Starting with verse 20, “Now to him who is able to do far more than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”
How many of you right now; during a time of pandemic, economic struggles, children being home with us 24/7, being a new homeschool teacher, and having to truly get to know ourselves need a reminder that we serve a God that will not only do all that we ask or think, BUT WANTS TO DO FAR MORE? How many of us needed to be reminded that the power he has, has been given to us?
His dead-rising, lame-walking, blind-seeing, and life-saving power.
That power is within us all, waiting to be used. The only bad part is that when we doubt God’s power, we doubt what he put inside of us to face our problems. We feel like he left us without the answers, when in reality he’s already given us the answers and we have to stop waiting and starting meeting God. That is why I strive to have more than a relationship with Him; I also want a fellowship. I know that a relationship can lead to one side doing more, but a fellowship means we are both working hard to make things work. It helps God see that I am just as eager to do my part, as I am for him to do his.
See, God does not only want to help with what we asked for, he wants to do MORE. He wants to help us be more, see more, feel more, help more, love more, and even have more, but first he wants you to realize that the power to do those things is already working inside of us. Like I said last week, you cannot pull out, what you have not put in. Imagine thinking that you can pull out something that you did not even know was there. That is not a probability that I am willing to rely on, but this is the beauty of our Intentional God. He does not try to hide things from us. He actually has laid out all the answers, we just have to do our part and fellowship (read, listen, yield ourselves) and we will learn those things that are in us.
When we stop looking at oursleves as a seperate organism, but instead a branch of God’s tree. Then, maybe we will realize not only His power, but the power He’s given to us. (John 5:15)
Now let’s tackle verse 21, “To him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Throughout all generations, our actions are larger than us. The affect of what we are doing now is not just impacting our life, but EVERYONE who will come after us. We must realize the importance of what we are or are not doing right now. We must understand that us losing faith, because our spirit feels alone during this pandemic is not just affecting how we deal with hard times. It could also have an effect on how future generations deal with hard times. So be careful the next time you decide to give up, because you are trying to handle it alone. Be careful the next time you do something without God, because you could be setting the precedent of what future generations do. You could also be directly affecting the life they live, because of your decisions.
Another thing that stands out as the doors of physical church is closed, and congreagations have been forced to fellowhship online is, “To him be the glory in the church.” When I was growing up my aunt used to sing a hymn that went like this, “Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living. Sanctuary oh for you.” Right now that is what we are being forced to do. More than ever we are realizing, that we the people, are the church. The church is inside each of us. What we do outside of those four walls, beyond the hour and half on a Sunday is more important to our walk with Christ than ever before. So if you ever feel like you are struggling spirtually, struggling with life, struggling to realize the power God has given us then go to Ephesians 3:20-21.
Trust me, I know You’ve Probably Heard This Before, but I am beliving that you’ve never heard it quite like this before.