Friday, May 7, 2010

Daily Light - May 7, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us."
Ephesians 3:20

If you are around me very long, you will hear me use this verse at some point. I think it is pivotal to our understanding of God and His power. Most of us believe, or say we believe, that God is all powerful (omnipotent). We declare with resolve that He can do all things, and we are right. When we read this passage, we cannot wait until Heaven to see al of these things fulfilled. However, in the context Paul is not saying that we have to wait until we get to Heaven to see God's power manifest in our lives.
Most of us have a very grand view of Heaven. Most of us also have a very confused view of Heaven. The old image of saints sitting on clouds and playing harps while they flap their golden wings comes to mind. I hope and believe that there is more to it than that. However, I also believe we have a very confused view of life. Many believers are sitting around waiting on Heaven and missing out on all that God has for them here. God wants to use us now. He desires to do great things in our lives today. Notice that the passage says "according to the power that works in us." It does not say the power that will work in us. He longs to do something in our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls while we are living on this earth. How do we see these things fulfilled? At some time read the verses surrounding this text. You will find that it is the person that is surrendered to the Spirit of God that is strengthened to do what they never thought they could do. It is by faith in His power not ours that we come to know what it means to live in the presence of God. As we learn to love like Christ, we are able to minister as He would. This ministry makes us more like Him and draws us into deeper relationship with Him and His children. If you were supernaturally empowered by God to accomplish His will, living in the hope and joy of His presence on a daily basis, and regularly ministering to people as Christ would, wouldn't that be "exceeding abundantly above" what you ever thought possible?
May you come to know Christ in a more personal way today!

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