Ephesians 3:14 NIV For this reason I kneel before the Father[c] 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
As I took my walk today, this verse just kept coming up in my spirit. I could not remember all of it at first, but the words ‘according to His power that is at work within us’ just kept coming up over and over in my mind with such an intensity and fervency I determined to look it up later.
I ended up getting busy with something but when I went to bed, yet again, I could not sleep because I could not get this phrase out of my mind. As the Lord began to break it down for me, I couldn’t sleep because I was too EXCITED!! Let us study this verse out and think about the ramifications of it.
‘…according to His power….’ I began to think about who ‘His’ was. ’His’ is referring to God! It isn’t my power, it isn’t the power of the most influential person I know or even the most influential person! This power is the same power ‘no foe can withstand’ according to Psalm 91, which we know to be satan and any and all of his evil devices.
The definition of ‘power’ according to Webster’s dictionary is :
This is what happens when the power of God begins to manifest for your need. There is a power so strong we cannot even imagine its capacity that begins to literally do a work FOR you and inside you!
God is able to go beyond ALL we could ever ask or think to ask and His power resides within us bringing the unseen to the place where we not only see it, but we have it!! Whether it is healing, salvation from a terrible situation, or to take us, or bring us to great things, that great power is working in all of us to do ALL that is needed in our lives!
It is doing for and in you what you could NEVER do for yourself whether you lived a million years, knew the most influential people in the world, and had full favor with them…no flesh has the power to bring the blessing and fruition of the blessing of God to your life BUT God and that is what is happening on the inside of you, even now!
How do we get that power to work within us to full capacity and guarantee it continues to work within us bringing about the changes we need in our lives? According to the verses above this one, when we are rooted and grounded in the love of God it sets this power in motion.
Love is the most powerful force on the face of the earth! Love can do what strength, words, and laws cannot. You can’t stop it if you tried. It is power unleashed and unstoppable! It has a force that cannot be caught, halted, or depleted.
Have you ever seen a mother with her baby? If you know anything about mothers and children, you know there is nothing you can say or do to change the heart of a good mother toward her child! She would lay her life down for that baby, no matter how old the baby may be!
It doesn’t matter how much that child has misbehaved at school, it doesn’t matter how bad their attitude is. You better be very careful how you tell a mother their baby was less than an angel that day even if you were an eye witness to it! You could prove to the mother they threw the toys, took someone else’s cookies, and even kicked you, the teacher, in the shin! That mother will nod her head, hold that child’s hand, and love it all the more. Instead of anger, you will see a look of understanding, even compassion. She may even go on to make excuses such as, “Well, they didn’t get their nap, they were up late, we were rushed.” This mother isn’t meaning to excuse the child’s behavior, but her love has her covering the multitude of the child’s sin!
She will take them home, they will be corrected, but be sure once the correction has been administered, so will hugs and her love will be multiplied. NOTHING you can say, prove, or do will alter or change the intensity of the love a mother has for her child. The more someone tries to stop love, the stronger it will flourish! That is POWER! It knows no bounds and it never fails to produce and multiply…that is what is at work in you and me!
No matter how much we have messed up, behaved badly, screwed up chance after chance, God corrects us and then even more love than we knew before is extended and that power continues to work mightily in us to bring about the sure end to any deficit in character. It brings a sure end to any problem we could never overcome on our own. It brings the healing the doctor had no prescription for! It brings the POWER of the BLESSING straight to you in any and every form you need it to be in!!
Stay in God’s love, and His power will stay in you!
I found this on ‘Pinterest‘ tonight. I have never blogged about animals who are in danger but when I saw her face and the look of hopelessness, I had to at least try. This is what was written under the picture by Lela Long…
If you can help save Lucy, please contact this number as soon as possible!! I don’t know if this is a ‘No Kill‘ shelter or not, but I don’t want to take the chance.
If you can, please save Lucy! Thank you!
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19
I have been patiently waiting for our next house to come open for a whole month. How silly that sounds to my own ears, but living in a one bedroom travel trailer is something that takes patience, organization (messes can pile up quickly), and grace to do. I am so thankful God provided us with it and a place to park, but I am ready to ‘go home’.
I have found my ‘dream home’. If you have bought a house recently or sold one you know there is so much to it. In my naïve way, I kind of thought it would be like going to the grocery store and getting whatever you needed, neatly placing it on the counter, and then paying and leaving. How out of the ‘loop’ I am!
As I wait, I have found myself praying a familiar prayer. ’If it is okay with you, Father. Thy will be done! Don’t let us make a wrong move!!” I have heard so many times, our lives can get messy because we didn’t say or do something a certain way and we caused our own demise. Yes, that is true to a degree. Something I have learned is God is not so uninvolved in our lives that He would let us totally mess it up beyond repair. God is merciful and full of graciousness and compassion. If your child were about to step into oncoming traffic, would you not reach out and grab them?? They have their own free will, yes, but you still have an element of control over situations in their lives when they are small. God will not ‘control’ us, but He certainly will protect us when we are doing our best for Him.
I remember Joyce Meyer teaching once that God told her, “Joyce, I am not as hard to get along with as some make Me out to be.” I know what He means when He says that. I think people many times measure God by their authoritative and exacting bosses, abusive fathers, or controlling spouses. We measure God by people and it will never compute that way! Why? Because you have tried to put the wrong variables together.
God is not a man. He is not like people who live and deal with others by whims, moods, or personality types. God is good and is love. His very nature is compassion and mercy! Do we try Him due to that? Of course not! But, we know God has only good planned for us and He will get that good to us!
If you saw your child doing their best at school, yet struggling in a subject would you punish them? If you are a good parent you would not. You would hire tutors, get them extra help, meet with their teacher to let them know you are aware there is a problem and you are there to help. Why? Because you know it isn’t that child’s fault. You know they are doing all they are capable of doing and your love for your child has caused you to feel compassion toward them. It has caused you to do things you would not normally have done to ensure your child’s success!
God is no different with us. He gives full grace and leads us in ways we didn’t know to go on our own, to get us to the best place, at the right time for us.
Thank God for reminders of his grace and mercy. In the meantime, I will patiently wait knowing He can be fully trusted.
Since we sold our house, we have occupied a travel trailer until the quest for our new home is over. I have noticed some unexpected things with our new lifestyle and one is, I am not getting the nutrients I need. I noticed I was craving vegetables and fruit. This got my attention because I don’t like fruit!
Since my pregnancies, 25 plus years ago, I had heard you crave what your body needs. If you are craving something, your body is missing a key nutrient found in that food. I have heard a great deal about smoothies lately. Soon I became so preoccupied with the ‘smoothie’ idea, I decided to research it. I found smoothies offer a full days supply of vegetables and fruit and give you many key nutrients with just one serving.
Today is my second day, and I must say, I do feel a difference for the better. I don’t feel anything earth shattering, but I do feel I have more energy and I have noticed a considerable reduction in stomach acid and much less acid reflux. This does surprise me!
This is my recipe, if you would like to break out your blender, too!
I start with half of a banana, 1-2 large strawberries, 1 cup packed spinach, 1/4 of an avocado, and 2 teaspoons of peanut butter. I do use a small amount of bottled water to make sure it is smooth and not a chunky consistency.
This is the result of my nutritious blend. It is good, not spectacular. I still have some experimenting to do. I am not a big fan of bananas, so they will probably be replaced soon with pineapple. I will let you know how it goes as I go! Just feeling better is enough for me to say, ‘Bottoms up!’ :)
Blessings, dear reader! See you soon!!
This morning when I began my prayer time the Lord spoke to me and said, “My Son is coming soon, and it is your definition of soon.” For years, in fact all of my life, I have heard ‘Jesus is coming soon’. I believed it, and I still do, but I do believe some people have given up watch because it has not been our definition of soon that we have witnessed.
God spoke to me and told me to warn the people, and to others get ready, for others rejoice! The ones who are to be warned are those who have denied Jesus and His Lordship over their lives. This is a very stern and strong warning if you fit in this category! Jesus is real, the Bible is true, and one day every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. Please, don’t do this when it is too late and you can no longer gain access into Heaven. Heaven is real, but so is Hell and the Bible tells us it a tormenting fire that will never be quenched. Don’t spend your eternity there!!
For some time, one of my son’s friends from the past has been on my mind. He proclaims to be an atheist. I decided to make contact with him and ask him where he now stood in his stance concerning God. He let me know that he had read about different religions and decided to give up trying to make the decision about what was ‘real’ to him. He said, “For me, it is a crap shoot. Where I end up, is where I end up.” If you are a Christian, I ask you pray for this young man, but we would be surprised at how many take this approach, or lack thereof to God. Oh, how my heart grieves for people like this!
To those who need to ‘get ready’. You have played church. You put on one face at church and around your leadership, but at home it is a different life altogether. You lack character and you lie to yourself and others, and what sad is you have begun to believe your own lies and now there is a blur in the line of what is true and what is false. You cheat people in your business, yet you never miss a church service or event. You lie to God’s people and put on a front, but there are many closets you struggle to keep closed. You know the revealing of your secrets will be your ruination, but the saddest part is, it is revealed to God and your reward in Heaven is not only dwindling, but is at stake! I pray the eyes of your understanding are opened and you come to repentance and a genuine walk with God! What does it matter if you gain the world, but lose your soul?
The last category is those who are to rejoice! These are the ones who have given, and given up everything to follow Christ! You have been faithful in small things when no one was looking and God would have you know, your reward is great! You have spread the good news of the Gospel and you have done it openly. You never thought to deny your Father before men and you will not be denied before your Father! You have stood, and stood alone, when the rest of the world took easy ways and the popular road. Life has not always been easy for you, but because of your love for God and Jesus, it has been worth it all!!
YOU are the one God will say to, “Well done, My good and faithful servant! Enter in!!” That day is sooner than you think and sooner than any of us know! It will be a day of celebration, such as we have never known! Oh, to see the face of Jesus is more than enough, but God is the God of more than enough, and your reward is great, great, great!! Stay faithful, stay busy with the Father‘s business, but more than ANYTHING, continue in His love!! It will be and is worth it all!!
I have delivered the message God gave me. I know it to be real, and for some a wake up call, and for others a word of encouragement. What category do you fit in? NOW, IS THE TIME!! You don’t have much longer…please, don’t let it run out on you!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV