My lesson for today:
The measure of power that God can utilize in our favor, is directly proportional to the strength of our faith in Him. People will often complain that their prayers are not answered, or their illnesses healed, yet they are either pretenders in the faith, or their faith is not true. A commonly referenced verse is:
20 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.
Note Paul states “according to his power that is work within us.” We must ask ourselves what determines the level of God’s power that is within us? Quite simply, most people will feed their physical bodies three meals per day, plus snacks. For example, at lunch we will take an hour to nourish our physical bodies, but how much of that time is dedicated to feeding our spiritual selves? Our sense of awareness, our sentience, our souls are not the culmination of biological cells within our physical bodies, they will eventually die and decay. Our spirit is what contains our essence, our souls, and our spirit is nourished through worship of our Lord, and fed through the reading of His word.
A basic theme throughout Ephesians is that the end of redemption is the glory of God. Redemption is defined as the action of being saved from sin, or the action of regaining possession of something in exchange for payment. The payment for our redemption is Jesus Christ, and He is the indissoluble link between God and us.
Notice also that Paul says God can do “immeasurably more” than we can ask or imagine, He also uses that phrase in 1 Thessalonians 3:10 and 5:13. It is critical that we realize God does not have a limit in his capacity, either in power, spirit, love, or grace; and no human being can ever comprehend the enormity of “I am.” The key to our level of access of his power, is the truth of our faith that determines the level of His spirit that lives within us.
By worshiping the Father, and reading his Word to feed our spiritual selves, we strengthen our faith, which in turn increases our access to his Grace, so the likelihood of our prayers being answered is increased.
It is important to remember the Lamb’s Book of Life, as stated:
“Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
The “it” above is the New Jerusalem. John is warning readers that the only way to live in the New Jerusalem is through complete faith in Jesus Christ. This does not mean that those without faith will be wandering around outside the city gates, because nothing impure will ever be allowed to enter.
Take a deep breath, breathe all the way in and hold it for a second, then thank God that you are able to do so. Life is good