Day 2

 
 

WITH POWER

Read: Ephesians 3

 

According to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
EPHESIANS 3:16

In Ephesians 1:19–20, Paul introduced the theme of God’s mighty power, referring to “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead.” 

“According to” is a prepositional phrase that means “determined by.” Think of it as a credit limit. Credit cards normally have credit limits that determine your spending power. Once you reach your limit, you have no more spending power. Paul is stating that the credit limit on the power available to all believers is the amount of power released in the resurrection of Christ. 

How much power is that?  In the Victors Bible Background Commentary, Lawrence Richards said, “Paul piled up synonyms to emphasize the overwhelming nature of that divine power. The words Paul used include dynamis (intrinsic capability), energeia (effective power in action), kratos (power exerted to control and overcome resistance), and ischys (the vital power inherent in life).”

In Ephesians 3, Paul again piled on synonyms to express the immensity of this power available to us. He started with the root word, ekperissos, which means “superabundant in quantity, excessive, and beyond measure.” It is the same word Luke used to describe the twelve leftover baskets after Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish. It is a word that means more than enough of whatever you need. He then added the prefix, huper, which means “over, beyond, and above.” And just in case we missed his point, he added an extra huper! That’s the extent of the Holy Spirit’s power at work in us.


Pray    

Pray to Experience His Power

That you may know . . . what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places . . .
Ephesians 1:18–20

Heavenly Father, give me a greater revelation of your immeasurable power. You are a mighty God. Increase my faith and help me break through any limitation I may have set on you and on what you can do. Thank you that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is actively at work in me right now. I choose not to rely on my own ability, but I depend on your Holy Spirit to live out your holy calling. I confess that apart from you, I can do no good thing. May your life and power overflow in me, and may I become a more effective witness to the watching world around me. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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