Layers – Part 9

Just imagine living an Ephesians 3:20 life!  Wow!

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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,

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By this point in our current study, it should be clear that Father’s desire for His people is surely far greater than most Christians have ever realized.  And even those who realize this truth, understanding the true splendor of those heights is, I believe, so rare.  Still, there is one point that has been made very clear.  Coming to that place in Christ is not an event, but a process; a process that MUST be followed in order to achieve such a great place in Him.

Today we catch a glimpse of what can become a way of life in our full expectancy of what the Lord can accomplish at that level of growth.  It is stated so powerfully in our Text for Today.  Consider that grandeur of this promise of God.  Not only can God do all we ask, but He can do more, or “above” all that “ask or think.”  But then we add the adjective “abundantly” to that promise.  Father can go “abundantly above” whatever we “ask or think.”  But that is still not all.  We must also include the gerund “exceeding” to the mix.  The “ing” ending to the word “exceed” means it is ongoing, continual, ceaseless.  My friend, this is a promise beyond your imagination.  God is able to continually exceed abundance above anything we ask of Him. 

But there is an element we must identify in this passage if we are to accurately understand it.  It is the first word of this verse; “NOW.”  “NOW” is a moment in time that follows previous actions that establish the basis for the “NOW” possibilities.  In our Text for Today, the word “NOW” indicates that having come through the process of verses 14-19, you have “NOW” arrived at a place where the promise that follows can be manifest for you.  Think of it like this.  If you wanted to have your photograph made with Mount Rushmore behind you, you must first get to Mount Rushmore.  You would have to make your plans, purchase your plane tickets, pack your bags, go to the airport, board your plane, fly to your primary destination, rent a car, and drive to Mount Rushmore.  “NOW” you have your photograph made with Mount Rushmore in the background.  But if you don’t do all you must to get there, you will never have that photo in your album.  Apply that principle to our Text for Today so you can clearly grasp the “NOW” of this great promise.  “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.”  Understanding this, it would seem that the work before us it to come to that “NOW.”

Manna for Today – Ephesians 3:14-21; John 17; 1 Corinthians 5:17-21; Mark 11:22-24; 1 John 5:3; Ephesians 4:9-16; Ephesians 5:1-2; 3 John 2-4