STOVER: God’s power is inexhaustible
By Larry Stover | Stover lives in Valley Grande and is pastor at Praise Park Ministries Church of the Nazarene.
We live in a day when many Christians are losing touch with the idea that God can do “anything.” An unlimited God has been put in a box until we decide to reach out to Him when our lives are in turmoil or we need something quickly.
The Apostle Paul shared a prayer from Ephesians chapter three that reminds believers that God always has unlimited power, wisdom and knowledge available to those who will choose to live in a daily relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.
A portion of that prayer reads, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, that he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. 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 glory for ever and ever! Amen.”
The dynamic of this prayer is that the Apostle Paul is praying for a young church that God would make things happen among them beyond what they could fathom or comprehend based on their own knowledge or strength.
A continual theme throughout this prayer is a reminder that God provides the necessary resources to enjoy this level of relationship.
During a time of persecution and difficult times the Apostle prays that God would strengthen those young Christians with power through his Spirit in their inner being. When the attacks of evil come against us, we too can be assured that God will give strength to our heart and soul. We are reminded that “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.” That guarantees us an internal power that is greater than the external pressure. Have you tapped into that supernatural power?
Paul continues to pray that the Ephesian Christians be grounded in unconditional love. This is the manifestation of the individual who has the joy of the presence of Jesus Christ living in their lives through their faith relationship with Him. When Jesus Christ is on the throne of our lives, His unconditional love enters with Him and becomes the basis for our spiritual nature and the attitudes and actions that result from that relationship.
The intercession continues with a prayer for enlightenment that those Christians would experience the power to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Inserting infinite and inexhaustible numbers into this equation illustrate just how much He loves us. The context of this prayer reminds us that only a person in a right relationship with Jesus Christ can even comprehend the magnitude of this prayer. Until we are “grounded” in that love we can’t fully comprehend the dimension of the fulfillment of this prayer
The solution to attain the fulfillment of this prayer is to be filled with the “fullness of God.”
There are no boundaries to the blessings and grace that God will bestow on the believer who enters into this kind of daily relationship with Him. It is difficult to comprehend the blessings that go along with the “Fullness of God.”
Imagine the reality of the “Fruit of the Spirit” being unleashed in our lives. The results have no boundaries or limits.
Talk about an enlightenment. Jesus made it clear to His followers that when the Holy Spirit came He “guide them into all truth.”
Paul’s prayer is for an experience that is so dynamic that he closes it with a vibrant reminder of God’s inexhaustible power. He can do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” That power “at work in us” is the result of an intense relationship with Jesus Christ that enables us to reflect His life and teachings toward all people.
Let’s get rid of those limitations we have placed on God. Get Him out of that “box” and allow Him to make your life “Simply Beautiful.”
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