Topic: The Power That Works In You [Sunday, September 3rd]
“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.” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
If there’s anything you want God to do for you, the power to make it happen is in you, and not in heaven. Many think that when they need anything, God will stretch His hands from heaven to fix things. No! As a baby Christian who’s yet to understand spiritual things, you may relate to God in that manner and get some results, but after a while, you’ll have to put away childish things.
It’s like what we read about the Apostles in the early Church, when they were being persecuted. They prayed, “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus” (Acts 4:29-30). At this time, they were still maturing in their understanding of the Gospel; it was still a baby church.
We didn’t read that God actually “stretched forth His hands from heaven’ to do the miracles as they requested. Rather, the Bible says, “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were_ all filled with the Holy Ghost, _and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). God’s answer was the Holy Spirit whom they had received.
The Holy Spirit is the power of God, and all the power you need for anything. He lives in you. When there’s a matter; when there’s a need, stir up yourself in the Holy Ghost by taking some time to meditate on the Scriptures and speak in other tongues. As you do, the power of the Spirit in you will be activated.
Dear Father, I thank you, for you’re the One at work in me, both to will and to do of your good pleasure. Your power in me is activated to bring forth blessings and miracles today. I declare that my life is as a well-watered garden, and I bring forth fruits, in and out of season, because I live by the Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
|| 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ||
|| Ephesians 3:20-21 AMPC  Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] –  To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 2 Corinthians 1-2:1-4; Proverbs 12-13
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 20:27-38; 1 Samuel 22