Hi everyone!!! 🤗. How is it going with prayer, bible studies and meditation of God’s word? On my side, there is more room for improvement…
In the previous post, we learnt about identity – how God sees us differently from the way we see ourselves. In this post, we will learn about the power God has placed in us to make us proactive believers.
For a long while now I’ve been meditating on Ephesians 3:20…
To the church in Ephesus, Paul writes…
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 NLT
This is a well known scripture and i first got to know of it when i heard Deitrick Haddon’s “He’s Able” some few years ago. This song was a favourite for a very long time because it made me feel hopeful knowing that God will exceed my expectations of Him. What i failed to acknowledge was that it was not enough to believe in the capabilities of God, my father – action on my part is required.
Meditating on Ephesians 3:20 recently, it hit me really hard (though i already knew) that there is a power at work in me – in every believer! I think it was more of a wake up call. For the most part of my life i allowed fear to dictacte my every move to the extent that i fell seriously ill after every major exam because i feared failure. I also had the nickname “runaway jury” because i refused to accept a leadership position when in university – i felt i was not good enough for the position. Quitting was my immediate response to any difficult situation. Notice that focus on “self” fueled the fear in each example given. So for Paul to say that there is a power at work in me means so much to me…
To me it means that the task at hand is not an opportunity to display how good i am, but to display the great and mighty things God can do through me when i allow Him. For many of us, we miss out on God’s plans for us because fear has clouded our minds and hearts. Instead of looking at Jesus (the word) we look at our circumstances, begin to sink into our fears and when things do not go as we have been promised, we question God. I wonder how God feels each time I rant and whine about my weaknesses. I am sure He says something like “Iriiiis! There is a power within you! Work with it!”
My friends, the result of the power at work in us is one that should blow our minds. Knowledge of this power should push us to think and pursue the big things God lays on our hearts to do. Let’s not give in to fear. According to Paul, the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead LIVES in us (Romans 8:11)! This Spirit that lives within us is described in 2 Timothy 1:7 as the Spirit of…
- Sound mind
If we look at verse 6 of 2 Timothy 1, Paul encourages Timothy to rekindle the gift he was blessed with when he (Paul) laid hands on him because he has not been given the spirit of fear. Let’s not suppress the gifts we have been blessed with. Let’s take that bold step and trust God to be with us each step of the way.
Remember, we are God’s workmanship created to do good works (Epheians 2:10). Some of the good works are as follows…
- Love (Matthew 22:37)
- Honour God (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
- Speak graciously (Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 4:29)
- Give (Acts 20:35)
- Fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:24&25)
- Meditate on God’s word (Joshua 1:8)
- Put our talent(s) to good use (Matthew 25:14-30)
- Pray always (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Make disciples (Matthew 28:19)
- Forgive (Colossians 3:13)
As we continue to study God’s word, we will discover more of the good works He’s created us to do.
Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with that new person at school, church, work or wherever. Don’t be afraid to start that business, don’t let pride stand in the way of you being the first to say “I’m sorry” – even if you are not at fault, don’t be afraid to rewrite that exam, don’t be afraid to wait when God says so…
In the words of John Bevere, “there is a kryptonite that neutralises our God-given power and character” and I believe that kryptonite is fear. Has God placed anything in your heart to do? Pray, act, keep praying and don’t let anything hold you back. Let love be the fuel that drives your actions (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
Stay blessed and talk to you soon in the next post 😉.