NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE

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NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Growing up, I loved this verse. I must have only been barely out of my childhood and into my teens then; but whenever I heard this verse, untold joy filled my heart, and a wide grin would form on my face. Because this verse always marked the end of the sermon in my church. Finally, the old man’s dreary droning was over. Finally, I could go and have some lunch. Finally, I could go home and watch football. You had a similar experience?

But recently, well today actually, I just realized what I had been missing out on this past coming 30 years. Yes, this verse should bring us joy; and yes, more meaningful joy than my immaturity could fathom back then. But just how much joy and peace, you will only know when you spend a little more time unpacking the words in this verse. So let us do that right now.

Now to Him who is able

Do we really know that He is able? We mouth the words all the time. We say that our Father is an omnipotent God in the same way that we say ‘smoking causes cancer’ or ‘fast food makes us fat’. We say it, we may even know it, but do we believe it? The proof is really in the pudding, isn’t it? When times get rough, when bills get unpaid, when we lose our loved ones, when a disaster struck and we lose our homes; do we still believe that He is able? Or do we respond somewhat like Martha did.

“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”” John 11:21-27

Martha ‘knew’ that Jesus was the Son of God. Martha ‘knew’ that Jesus was the Christ. Martha ‘knew’ that whatever He asked of God, God will give Him. But she never really ‘believed’ that He was able, did she? She mouthed the right things but never answered the question. Could Jesus really raise the dead? He certainly has done it before. Once at Nain and once at Jairus’ house. Yet, there still seemed to be a tinge of doubt in Martha’s mind, wasn’t there?

And aren’t we like that too? When we look back on our lives, when we think back on the horrible experiences we had, how is it that we are still here? Shouldn’t our natural lives have ended back there? Yet, the love of our Father kept us, preserved us, even revived some of us and that is why we are where we are today. So as we look into the future, why is it that we sometimes still don’t believe that He is able?

Perhaps the question in our minds is not that He is not able, but that He is not willing. Perhaps He has helped you out for long enough and had enough of your bumbling antics. He can’t be bothered anymore. We certainly have responded that way to the ones around us, haven’t we? So maybe Jesus is the same.

Well beloved, if we ever have those thoughts, we need always remember that,

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 [AMPC]

So since He has never let us down before, we can believe Him when He says,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

But I think, the thing that is really holding us back from believing, is the consequence. Because if we believe that He is able, according to the power that works in us, then that means that we also believe that

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

And we know we cannot. So now trust suddenly has a consequence, because if we say we believe, and we go ahead and act on our belief, what happens if we fail? And we have failed before. Hit the nail on the head this time, didn’t I?

Well beloved, we can believe, and we should act on our belief; because it is not us who have to prove just what a good God our Father is; it is not us who have to prove just how loving Jesus is; it is Them working in us; the onus is on Them, not us. And do you really think the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God, creator of the Heavens and the earth will let you fail, especially now that He has given you His word, and the world is watching? Think about it, what is the worst thing that could happen to you if you tried and failed? The world ends, your life ends, your troubles end and because you have put your trust in Jesus and are now washed by His blood, you end up before God’s throne in Heaven. Sounds good so far, doesn’t it? Then you can have a field day telling God how unhappy you are over the way He mismanaged your life. What have you got to lose? Your house? Your car? Your reputation and career here on earth? Of what value are such transient things compared to God’s reputation?

Yet, Jesus tells us, “…your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” Matthew 6:32

He knows that the things in the world are important to us. And especially because these things, when compared to His glory and His reputation, they pale; do you think He will allow these inconsequential transient things to mar His reputation?

Indeed, Jesus said,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

It brings glory to our Father that we prosper. It brings glory to our Father that we do well. But not just prosper and do well in Heaven, how special will God be if He only made us prosper in a place where there is no sorrow, no pain, no anguish, no decay, no evil? What would that do for God’s reputation? No. The prosperity must come here, now, so that all will see and turn and be saved. That is why Jesus reminds us,

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:7-8

Our success is His success and since He is the one working in us, not only can we say,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

We can actually believe it and go out and do something about it.

Now, don’t misunderstand. I am not saying that the road will always be smooth. The devil will always try to trip us up and make life difficult for us because he is always out to make God look bad. But because Jesus is in us,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

There is nothing to fear. So is He able? You better believe it.

So what is He able to do?

“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]” Ephesians 3:20 [AMPC]

You have a dream? He can out do that. You have a desire? He can out match that. You have thoughts and hopes? He can stretch your imagination till it bursts and fulfill your hopes till you wonder why you set the bar so low in the first place. You prayed for something? He will over-answer.

I don’t often share the experiences of this ministry because I don’t like to brag. But this time I will make an exception because I am not bragging about the ministry, I am bragging about our Father. Just over a month ago, our Father increased the reach of this ministry by more than 50 fold over three days. Not through paid traffic, not through advertisements, not through traffic exchange, but by His grace. And the reach is still growing.

This ministry has also been run on next to no funds since inception because all that we have needed, He has provided. Platforms are free, design is free, even the advertising that we did initially, which only lasted a couple of months, was paid for by Google. We are not a registered non-profit. We don’t take hand-outs from the government. We have not received a single contribution from anyone, individual or corporate, to date. Yet His word has gone out to the nations. This ministry is truly evidence of “…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]” Ephesians 3:20 [AMPC]

And Beloved, as it has been for us, so it is for you, for if “…the Gentiles, who were previously excluded from God’s agreements, are to be equal heirs with his chosen people, equal members and equal partners in God’s promise given by Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6 [Phillips]

Then you and I, fellow Gentiles, are of no difference. What He has done for us, He will do for you, ‘exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us’. So don’t let this verse roll over you again and again. Sit up, listen, know and then most of all believe; for indeed, Jesus loves you and He is willing and able, just for you.

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