And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, ~Ephesians 1:19
Ephesus was a location where Satan’s power had overcome the lifestyles of the people there—that is, until Paul brought the gospel there and planted a church. The Lord’s power set them free from the power of Satan. Jesus’ power set them free from being burdened, blinded, and bound. However, satanic activity was running wild in that city. Paul prayed for these believers to experience the exceeding greatness of God’s power in their lives. Pastors, like me, pray this same prayer for members of our church. This morning, let us examine God’s power and the mighty working God wants us to have in us.
God wants His power to work mightily in our PERSON.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might,” Eph. 6:10. The Christian life is not a walk in the park. We face challenges to our faith every moment of the day. We cannot trust in our strength or ability. The only way to be strong is in the power of His might. We must have such a walk with God that our inner man is renewed and enabled. Our shield against the fiery darts of Satan is our faith. Walking in the Spirit is the surefire means of knowing the working of His power in us.
God wants His power to work mightily in our PROCLAMATION.
“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak,” Eph. 6:19-20. We need God to work mightily in and through us to proclaim the gospel. Recently, some of our soulwinners were threatened to stop witnessing and passing out gospel tracts. In moments like this, we need God’s power to speak on His behalf at the right time. We must speak with boldness, but balanced with tact and compassion.
God wants His power to work mightily in us when we are PRESSURED.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,” Eph. 6:12. The spiritual war we are in is pictured as a wrestling match. We are in full-body contact with the spiritual powers. Satan desires to make us feel the pressure of a strong wrestling lock. We need to experience the mighty working of God’s power to break these pressure holds and enable us to take the advantage. Whenever you are pressured, lay hold of God’s mighty power for your victory!
God wants His power to work mightily in us when we PRAY.
“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,” Eph. 3:20. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Eph. 6:18. Our praying must be in faith! Our praying must be visionary! Our praying must be bold and audacious. In order for us to experience the mighty working of His power, our praying must ask for things that only His power can accomplish. This kind of praying made Jacob a changed man! This kind of praying raised a widow woman’s son to life! This kind of praying shut the mouths of lions for Daniel! This kind of praying blessed Jabez in his life! This kind of praying is always the precursor to great revivals!
There is a power struggle we all face. Satan wants his power to hold us captive and defeated. God’s power desires to free us and make us more than conquerors. Lay hold of God, and don’t let Him go until you experience the mighty working of His power.
Have a powerful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 9-12