January 26, 2020
His Mighty Power Within Us
Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV)
Our Scripture for this season is the encouragement Paul gave to the Ephesians, telling them of what they could do and what they could be. Doing His Will, being in His Word, brings glory to His Name. We are Worshiping Him when we do those things. And as we Worship Him, He works within us to bring immeasurably more from within us than we can imagine. Do you believe that? He said He would.
We have within us, within our very being, all the power that is Jesus Christ. Man, that sounds like a profound statement when I look back at it. All the healing power, all the worshipful power, all the mighty power of God, within us. Can you wrap your mind around that? You see, my problem is that I just take Him at His Word. I believe on face value what God’s Word says. Do you see the Scripture… according to his power that is at work within us?? Are the question marks there because I’m asking a question, or because you are questioning?? Those are strong statements, aren’t they?
Most Christians never completely actualize within them the full extent of the Miracle that is Salvation, their own personal Salvation. Their personal relationship with God… God the Father, and Jesus Christ His Son, and especially the relationship with the Holy Spirit all usually go unfinished, incomplete, lacking.
Having the Holy Spirit within us leads us to an unusual situation. We have, at the same time within us, God’s Power and His Peace… and our doubts and weaknesses. Jesus said, “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:25-27)
Through living our day to day lives we lose sight of things. Sometimes we lose sight of earthly things like people who love us, people we love, the love of a congregation. And we lose sight of heavenly things like having been made in the image of God. We lose sight of the love of a Savior who loves us more than anyone else, we lose sight of God the Father watching over us, and we lose sight of the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. We lose sight of the One who can make a difference in all of it, all of life.
Sometimes we may be given a wake-up call. Sometimes something can happen that brings us to our senses and draws us closer to Him, or worse, causes us to move away from God, and all He is and can be in our lives. Did any of these happen to you last year? Well, today is a good time to begin moving back to where you ought to be. Moving back home, to where you always should have been. Moving closer to God.
Joshua had a good sense about where he needed to be and Who he needed to be faithful to. Joshua knew where to keep his focus. Let’s look at that Scripture. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NIV) To follow Joshua’s example we can look to the New Testament for guidance from Pau. Begin structuring your mind around thoughts of God and your heart on seeking Him, then you start moving toward Him in an even greater way. Look at what Paul was telling the Philippians in his letter to them in Philippians 4:4-9 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. (NIV)
Now let’s go back to our original Scripture in Ephesians 3:20. His mighty power… within us is there for a reason, it is there for us to use, to assimilate. The complete phrase is His mighty power that is at work within us we are all projects under construction. This Sanctuary should be a hard hat zone. But maybe not, since we all have such hard heads when it comes to accepting the whole power of God. God can do things that we can’t. God can even do things when we won’t. Sometimes He does things in spite of us.
We have a lot of things going on in our Church that are going to be helping us in the near future and on down the road. So, let’s align ourselves with God today. Let’s start Worshiping on a new level and see what He can do in us and through us through His mighty power within us. Bostwick UMC 1/26/20