All by His power in us

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Ephesians 3:20 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,

As we prepare for this year, the realization that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to His power that works in us is giving us an expectation of living richly in His grace. I talked to a man yesterday who told me that he is surviving. I told him that there is a difference between surviving and enjoying God’s riches.   A survivor has a few dollars in his pocket and nowhere to sleep tonight and no plans for dinner. By morning, they have survived another cold night. If you had $100 million in the bank, you would not be surviving, you would be living. So it is in Christ. We are not surviving. Our church is not surviving. No, we are living on the riches of God’s grace!

All of this is possible because of His power that works in us. He is the one who does exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think and it is His power at work in us that accomplishes this. We do not try to dream up a way to make this work, no, it is God who works in us bot to will and to do of His good pleasure. Then what God does God gets the glory for. We, dependent upon Him, learn that He is the able one and trusting Him we see Him enable us to live by His riches. No, I am not wealthy with this world’s money, but I am rich in grace and peace.

Already this year we have seen God doing more than we could have asked or thought. He is saving souls and bringing them to us. He is meeting needs and showing us His power. He is already doing more than we have asked for. What more will He do? This is the awareness I am hoping to spark in you. I want you to live this year asking God for spiritual and physical needs and then I want you to be acute to His provisions above what you asked or thought. I want you to be prepared to give God glory in the church so that all of us can be encouraged by His power at work in us. We need to get way past survival mode and into living with the awareness and enjoyment of His riches available to us.

Earlier this week I received a call about a boy at Victory who was defiant, belligerent, had punched another boy in the face, and was rejecting the Lord Jesus. The message was to pray for this boy that he might repent before he was going to be asked to leave the program. An hour and a half later I received another message that this boy had repented, had given his heart to Jesus Christ, had gotten saved and his whole attitude had changed. This is the power of God at work doing more than we asked. Hallelujah!

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