Power In Christ
No, I’m not talking about spin-your-jacket-around-and-knock-people-over power, or speak-it-into-existence-and-the-money-or-fame-is-all-mine power but what I am talking about a genuine power of the Holy Spirit that Paul specifically prays Christians would have in his letter to the Ephesians.
“In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him… For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on Earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Ephesians 3:12,15-17
The power to believe that we can boldly and confidently bring our requests to God, in faith, and that He hears them. The power to actually turn away from sin when it rears its ugly head in our lives and the power to not only comprehend but extend forth a glimpse of the love that was displayed on the cross.
“I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-18
As I work through the book of Ephesians and specifically the third chapter, I can’t help but feel that sometimes I sell God’s work short in my life.
Make no mistake about it, the regenerating work of God and indwelling of the Holy Spirit has powerful implications upon our lives. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead is the same power at work in our hearts, leading us through sanctification!
If we are not careful, we can fall into a form of godliness but denying its power.
We can see the abuses; the twisting of Scripture, and swing the pendulum too far in the other direction to where we actually forget or downplay how amazing and powerful the Holy Spirit’s presence is. Remember, it is by and through Him that we do ANY good work! Whether it be walking in The Spirit, dying to self, praying bold prayers or displaying Christ-like love, service and forgiveness, we must rely upon a power that is not our own.
“Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
The fact that God’s power is above and beyond anything we can even ask, or think implies that it’s greater than we currently believe it is.
While on this side of eternity, we undoubtedly will war against the flesh and flounder towards the finish line as we wrestle against unbelief, doubt, pride and selfishness (among other things). We must allow ourselves to be stretched by these words. I’d challenge you to draw near to Him today and meditate upon these this section of Scripture. As a matter of fact, do it often and let His surpassing greatness blow your mind!
Let it stretch you to not only believe more but to do more.
Know that in His power, the loved ones you’ve secretly given up on, can be brought to life for His glory. The sin you’ve battled with can be overcome. The trials of this life are not too much to bear and those people in your life who have hurt you or just rub you the wrong way, can be extended grace. Seek to do everything in light of the tremendous power of The Holy Spirit. When you begin to think that you can’t do any of these things, I’ll tell you, you’re right… but He can.