We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Aaron Martell.
“20 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
There is no doubt that much of scripture, when we slow down and truly read and allow it to move deeply within us, should leave us speechless. Should leave us with awe and wonder. This passage is one such passage. Read the verse again, HE IS ABLE TO DO IMMEASURABLY MORE THAN WE CAN ASK OR IMAGINE. Think it, dream it, imagine it and he can do more, so much more that we can’t even measure it.
Not that that wasn’t enough, but look at the next part of the verse; according to his power that is at work within us. Again, slow down and think about that. God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine according to his power, where … out in the world? In someone else? In the spiritual realm? No, at work in you. He can do immeasurably more that we can ask or imagine by his power, in you!
Notice how the Message version puts it. He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. I love that picture. The mystery of His Spirit at work within us allows the unthinkable to be done in us and through us. Which for me is the motivator to persevere. We aren’t alone in this, God’s continuing to work in us, and he does it by His Spirit, in deep and gentle ways.
Right now, in your life, what seems insurmountable? What seems impossible? What seems as though the mountain is too high, and the energy or expertise is to low? This passage invites you to work it out with the Spirit. And as verse 21 says, not for your glory, but for God’s glory. Or shall I say, not for your attention and purposes, but for God’s.
Heavenly Father, this is a passage that you have written to us that blows my mind. Yet, you say it, you promise it and you invite us to create it with you. No matter what I am facing or will face, may I have the perseverance to keep stepping with you according to your power in my life. Jesus’ name, Amen.
Take some time to journal the answers to these questions:
- What is the mountain before you that seems insurmountable? Don’t compare it to others, just your life. Can you place that mountain before God, and look up with him at it? In a prayer of trust, “God, let’s do this together.”
- What feels insurmountable inside? How can you invite the Spirit to tend to those deep things that you’ve been wanting to avoid or ignore (anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy)? I know this may seem like a left turn in our discussion, but unresolved interior work holds us back from experiencing more power. It’s the gentle, deep hard work of the spirit that opens the door for more.
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