May Letter 2017

May Letter 2017

Dear Faith Partners:

I firmly believe that Christians should be the most powerful, exciting, and enthusiastic people in the world, because we possess inwardly, a power that is beyond measure. This power has the ability to impact, rearrange, and change the outcome of lives in every circumstance and situation. The Apostle Paul refers to this power as, “the immeasurable greatness of His power to us-ward who believes!”

In encouraging believers everywhere, Paul said to the church in Ephesus as well to us “I also pray that you will understand the incredible (exceeding, immeasurable, surpassing) greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power   that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1:19-23 (NLT) Notice, he prayed that we would understand what we are already in possession of, this exceeding, immeasurable, and surpassing power of God.

I am convinced, by the Word of God, the church – believers are not powerless; and it is time that we fully recognize and exercise the power of God that has been made available for us to live a victorious life. In his letter to the Church of Ephesus, Apostle Paul prayed that we would get a revelation of the power that we already have; the same power that raised Christ from the dead. How many know that it was God’s power that raised Jesus from the dead (I Corinthians 6:14) and that same power dwells or lives inside every born again believer’s spirit right NOW! You and I have “raising-from- the-dead” power on the inside of us. Now, we just need to realize it is there and learn how to use it. (Acts 9:36-43) Notice, Paul did not pray that God’s power would be given to believers, but that they would be aware of and use the power they already possessed in Christ. Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) says, “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.”

In Ephesians 1:19, Paul uses four different Greek words to describe God’s power toward His people (you and I); they can be translated as dynamic, energetic, mighty, and strong. This power belongs to every believer who will use it. The truth of the matter is each of us is complete in Him. (Colossians 2:10). Therefore, this same power which was received by every believer at the time of salvation is always available. Acts 1:8 (NLT) says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…” From Ephesians you see first of all Paul wanted us to know not only God’s power but the greatness of God’s power and the exceeding greatness of God’s power. God is infinitely greater in every way than our little minds can comprehend. We must receive a revelation through our spirits to grasp even a little of God’s exceeding, great power. Isaiah 40:22 says, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” No idols, political or governmental powers, presidents, prime ministers, governors, scholars, or philosophers of the wisdom this world can compare with God's power. No one is able to advise Him or give Him anything; He is everything in and of Himself; He is everlasting in might, strength, and power. (Isaiah 40:25-26)

Second we can see this exceeding greatness of God’s power is toward us. That means that it is for us and our benefit. Some people get glimpses of God’s power, but very few have the revelation that it is for us and at our disposal. It does not do us any good to believe that God has power if we do not believe that it will work for us. This great power of God is effectual only for those who believe. We must believe to receive, and if we doubt, we will do without.

Third, as we look at the phrase “according to” we should understand it means in keeping with; in agreement with. The point being made is the power that we as believers of Christ now have is the same power that God the Father used to raise Christ from the dead. We do not just have a little bit of power from God. How much power? It is more than enough power to accomplish God’s will in our lives. Verse 20 says, “That raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” God’s mighty power is anchored in heaven itself, since God not only raised Jesus from the dead but took Him bodily into heaven and seated Him at His right hand, a place of authority and power. Psalms 110:1 (NLT) “The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.”

Later in verse 21 the Apostle Paul states “Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Seems he wanted believers to comprehend the greatness of God compared to other heavenly beings. Principality, power, might, and dominion, God is above them all. (Ephesians 6:10-14; Revelations 20:10-15) Christ has conquered all things in this age and in the one to come, including the enemies of all people. Ephesians 1:22 (NLT) reminds us, “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.” Paul also used this analogy of the church being the Body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:25-28. Here, Paul expounded on this by placing Christ as the head and the church as the body. This is emphasizing the Lordship of Christ over the church, just as the head dictates and controls the physical body. When anything is placed under the feet of a person, then every single part of that person’s body is positioned above it. This illustrates that resurrection power is not just a reality for Christ, our Head, but that every member of Christ’s body has “raising-from- the-dead” power and authority within them too. Look at Ephesians 1:23 (NIV), “And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”

What an amazing statement of truth we find here as our union with Christ Jesus is discussed. Paul stated, “The church is Christ’s body, the completion of him” (TEV). Just as a ship is not complete without its crew, just as a king is not complete without his kingdom, Jesus Christ has chosen to be incomplete without His church, “his body, filled with himself” (TLB). “the immeasurable greatness of His power to us-ward who believes!”

I want to thank you all for your prayers and support, as Janice and I went to South Korea to minister to U.S. Army soldiers, civilians, families, and Koreans nationals. What powerful time we had as God moved in a mighty way. Lives were truly, changed, impacted, and empowered: and each of you had a part God’s plan. Thank you.

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