The Easter statement:
Today is Friday, Sunday is Coming…
is one that has stuck with me, typically given on Good Friday. But there is a statement that has grown to mean much more to me in my private time with the Lord:
This IS what I NEEDED!
Amazing to me how a passage of Scripture can come to mean different things at different times and situations in our lives. The challenge given to us as men on the Saturday night before Easter Sunday was centered around the following verse:
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 | King James Version
The reminder to us is that we needed, to remember WHO is responsible for ANYTHING that we DO for the Lord – it is given to us in the verses above – “according to the power that worketh in us…” It is NOT we ourselves that do anything worthy of Praise, Honor or Glory, it is the Holy Spirit that worketh in us that accomplishes His Work. How is that so and how much can we accomplish for Him?
He is Able
First we have to understand that He is Able! God the Father wants us to accomplish the Work of His Son Jesus Christ through His people, but we must first realize that it is Him that is able to do so, not we of ourselves. What are we capable of doing? That question is answered for us in three stages illustrated in this verse of Scripture following “to do”.
We can clearly see that it comes in three levels in what “we ask or think”. First He states:
meaning just what it says – above all, it is not a matter of how much we know, how much we have done for Him or where we have been – He simply states ABOVE all, no matter how much has been asked before by anyone.
The second level of what “we ask or think” is the following:
A definition of abundantly from Websters 1828 Dictionary lists it as an adverb, defined as Fully, Amply, Plentifully and in Sufficient Degree. He will supply that “above all” in a completeness that can only be explained by His Power and Provision, overflowing thus in a manner all others will clearly see it is not of our own accord.
The third level of what “we ask or think” is the following:
Another definition researched in Websters 1828 Dictionary tells us that is is an adverb with the following meaning To A Very Great Degree, In a Degree Beyond What Is Usual, Greatly and Very Much. The degree in which His Power and Provision is made will be made in such a manner that is even further above abundance, going beyond even what we might have even had in our furthest hopes of being.
Getting The Glory
How does He do that? Where does He show us in His Word that is so? The following seven (7) places are the specific verses utilized in this Series for each of us to discover how Able He IS!
- Ephesians 3:20-21
- Romans 14:4
- II Corinthians 9:8
- II Timothy 1:12
- Hebrews 2:18
- Hebrews 7:25
- Jude 1:24
How much will we let Him do? That is up to me and you…