Ephesians 3:20 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.
What is God able to do? He is able to do ALL that we ask or think! If you think about that, it’s pretty awesome! It doesn’t say, some of what we ask or think, it says ALL. Nothing is impossible to God. That means, as his children, the full resources of heaven are at our disposal.
However, to activate God’s supply, our job is to ask and to imagine or think about what God might want to do for us. In other words, we have to use a bit of imagination and engage our brains! So right now, what can you believe for? What impossible situation can you imagine and believe that God will turn around when you pray?
Many a time, we don’t receive from God, because we haven’t actually asked him for anything specific. God wants us to engage with him, to communicate. He wants us to read his word, to find out what he has actually promised.
James 4:2 “yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
As a result, now we have made our request (and it’s in line with God’s word) then, how he is going to respond? Our verse gives us the answer: “EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY and BEYOND!” (In the original Greek, these words are emphasised to underline just how excessive God’s supply is!)
However, there is a restraint on the release of those resources. If we simplify the verse even further, it reads: “God is able to DO according to the power that works IN us.”
Therefore, his power (making, action and work) is in proportion to the power (dynamic strength) that works (energizes) IN us. It all starts on the inside with faith and the work of the Holy Spirit. For example, Jesus said to the blind men, according to your faith be healed.
Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
These blind men already had an expectation of being healed on the inside – they had faith. In other words, they could already see themselves healed in their imagination and so therefore all it took was Jesus to connect and ignite the miracle with a touch and a word.
Consequently, lets think about how maybe many of us could be thinking, imagining and praying with too small an expectation. Is our vision limited? Maybe we are limiting the flow of God’s supply? Maybe the prayers we pray are hardly breaking the bank of heaven!
I believe God loves impossible requests. He wants to exceed our expectations. He wants us to download his good and perfect gifts:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17
So if God has a job for you to do, he’s already provided the means to get it done. Your job , is to believe God and access the supply of his grace by faith and practically as we have learnt, we express this by prayer.
Part 3 Living in God’s Supply (God how Generous Is He?)
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