“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20
He is able
Whatever your situation, circumstances, or need today, our God is able. The Lord isn’t subject to those things that limit us – those things we know and perceive as ‘normal.’ God is supernatural – and can do anything, for anyone, at any time.We can quickly forget this. And we expect God to act and move as we would, or according to the limitations our minds place on Him, because we can’t comprehend His ‘otherness’ – His omnipotence. Who else do we know, after all, that is All powerful?
He is willing.
As well being able beyond our comprehension, God is willing. Most Bible scholars would agree that God is able; He’s omnipotent, so of course He is able. But it isn’t enough to have a head knowledge of God’s ability. After all, what changes for us unless we personally know, and believe that He is also willing.
In Luke chapter five, a leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if you are willing, I can be healed.” Jesus replied, “I am willing.” (See Luke 5:13 NLT) He says the same to you and me today.
Above all that we ask or think
God is bigger than our imaginations. I love the way the essence of this scripture is so beautifully captured in The Passion translation of the New Testament: “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” Ephesians 3:20 (TPT)”
“Infinitely more, exceeding your wildest imagination! These are words of overflow and abundance, not lack; not or ‘just enough to get by!’ God is able to do, not just what our limited human imaginations can envision, He far exceeds that. He goes beyond that which we have the capacity to imagine!
The power that works in us
God’s Spirit is at work both in and through us. It’s this truth that makes impossible things, possible in our daily lives. His full potential is resident within us: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17 (NIVUK)
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:1-4,16) This means corporately, (as the Church) and as individuals. We have the Holy Spirit of God living in us! This is no small thing, it’s absolutely mind boggling. Yet many still live as though they were just a B&B to the Holy Spirit, somewhere He’s ‘allowed’ to visit now and then. Then they wonder why they feel powerless.
God has plans and intentions, far beyond your greatest imagination and mine. If you are a follower of Jesus, His Holy Spirit lives in you, enabling you, giving you His supernatural strength as He works out those plans and purposes in and through you.
(An excerpt from the book ‘A Mustard Seed Life’, copyright © 2019, Jill McIlreavy, available at all Amazon outlets as a hard copy and ebook)