Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Power that Works In Us


 
"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, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." - Ephesians 3:20-21

God has come to live within His people, placing His Spirit in the inner man.  And through His Spirit He can accomplish more than we can even dare imagine.  Healing? Yes.  Words of Blessings? Yes.  Unloosed chains of addiction? Yes.  Release from past abuse? Yes.  HE CAN DO IT ALL, through His Spirit. 

The obstacle is our own faith and understanding of His Holy Spirit within us.  Our disbelief and doubting of His will and word has created anemic Christianity, weak in our ability to act with His power to do.    

Friends, if we're going to wear bracelets and t-shirts saying "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)" and go around quoting that verse, then where is our excuse in not believing Him for healing, restoration, and freedom for the oppressed?  Is "all things" really "all things"?  Is God's word true or not? 
Jesus said "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:12-14) We are to be doing "greater works than these" because Jesus has ascended and sent His Holy Spirit to be His Power within us.  Not once does He say "if it's my will", or "if Heaven is in agreement".  When you act on the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit within you, you are acting on His Will.  The Spirit is His - not yours, and the Spirit always agrees with the Father.   

There are two keys in the above verses.  The first is "he who believes in Me", and the second is "ask in My name", meaning it's for His glorification and not our own.  We have to TRULY believe that He will do what He said He will do.  We don't believe WE can do wonderful things, because we cannot.  But we MUST believe He can do them through us.  Faith is the first key. Without faith, works are dead! (James 2:20) The second key is who we seek to glorify.  By asking in Jesus name, He is given glory from the point of our request to the result.  Once we believe in Him, giving Him glory for the great things He does comes effortlessly.

In Mark 9:14-29 Jesus speaks to the father of a young boy who has been possessed by a spirit that throws him into the fire and has made him unable to speak or hear.  Jesus says to the father, "“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”"  The father's words should be our own.  He said, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Lord, help our unbelief.

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