God Is

Day 14

Infinite Power,
Infinite Possibilities

Read your Bible: Ephesians 1:18–23

Spotlight Verse:

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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.Ephesians 3:20–21

Meditating on the power of God is important.

One of the many times the opponents of Jesus tried to lure him into a debate, Christ’s response was this:

“You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” Matthew 22:29

I wonder how many times I am in error because of the same thing?

When I worry that all my efforts as a pastor are weak and ineffective…

When I lose hope about a friend who is blowing it…

When I wonder if I’ll ever conquer that habit…

When I worry about my future…

When I worry about my kids…

I am in error because I do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

More Than Positive Thinking

When times get tough, I find that the tough usually get stuck in the old stand-by: Positive thinking.

Generally speaking I’m happy to try to be a positive thinker. After all, that’s better than being a negative thinker. But what do you do when the negative circumstances overwhelm you?

The way through is to realize that you are helpless. Powerless.

But then you realize what Scripture says about the power of God.

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind; is anything too difficult for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Nothing is impossible for God. Luke 1:37

I pray that you will be able to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 1:19–20a (NLT)

God’s Power in You

Think of all the ways we’ve meditated on God’s power together this week. Now realize that same God wants to use that power in you.

As Paul says in today’s spotlight verses:

“Now to Him who is able to do…” God is able. Worried about whether you’ll ever overcome that habit? Concerned you’re not equipped to raise children? Anxious about making ends meet? God is able. Able to help. Able to empower. Able to do…

“More… than we can ask.” Now, I can ask for a lot. But God can do more. And He can do…

“More than we can… imagine.” I have a pretty good imagination! But He can do more. In fact, He can do…

“Immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.”

What do you ask God for — or perhaps just imagine, without daring to even ask?

To find a spouse?

To have a child?

To write a book?

To be healed?

To find peace as you enter old age?

To control your urges?

To heal your marriage?

Why do we think this stuff is too hard for God? I’m not saying He’ll answer all these prayers the way you want them answered — because, what’s the verse say? He is able to do more than we ask or imagine. His answer is, ultimately, more — immeasurably more, better, richer — than what we had imagined.

Are you ready for that adventure?

God is… able.

Questions For Reflection

Although you may theoretically believe that God is omnipotent, does your life demonstrate your belief?

Why do you think you — or other believers — may not be experiencing the power of God as frequently as He seems to wish to provide it?

How might your life change if you truly internalized the truth of God’s omnipotence?

What powerful things do you expect God to do in your life?