“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT)
Paul is throwing out a challenge to all of us who think just knowing about Jesus is enough. Knowing the Bible and tenets of the faith is great and necessary for our Christian growth, but we are nowhere near what God wants for us if we do have experiential knowledge regarding Christ’s power and mighty strength. Paul is so emphatic that he used four different words in this passage explaining God’s power. First, it is great power. This is the same word we use for dynamite. It is an inherent natural power. Second, Paul uses the word “working”. It is a working operative power. It is the same word we use for energy. The third word for power is “mighty”. This means a manifested strength. It is used as might, strength and mighty deeds. The word actually means the overwhelming evidence of power. Finally, Paul uses the word “strength”. This means a power that is inherent, part of its natural capacity. It is the same power that raised Christ from the dead! Paul is saying that he wants us to know God’s natural inherent attribute of strength. God is all powerful. The only thing stronger than His power is His love for us. This is what God wants us to believe. This is what God wants us to avail ourselves of. Today, let us ask Him to use His mighty strength in our lives. Let us trust Him for great and mighty things, so we will be a witness to this generation that is desperately seeking a spiritual solution to the struggles they are having in their lives.
Father, enlighten the eyes of my heart that I may know the incredible greatness of Your power that You have for my life. Help me trust You and avail myself of the power You want to use on my behalf. In Jesus’ name.
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