God Is Able – Devotional # 3 – Trusting In His Ability

by Kathy

 

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Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly

beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power

that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church

and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.

Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

If you are reading the book God is Able by Priscilla Shirer, read chapter 3 this week.   If you have been following the last two devotional assignments, take out the card that you have written these verses on and underline the words who is able to do.   Throughout your week, look at the words underlined and remember God’s ability.

My kitchen table was filled on Sunday with all my kids around it.  Oh how these moments do this mama’s soul good!  We talked, laughed, shared the latest news in our lives and then they were out the door and gone – gone back into their own life adventures, building stories of their own.  One graced me a wee bit more time which made the quietness resume in layers.

Sitting here in a noiseless house, writing this blog posting, I am reminded that time doesn’t slow down, but races on, bringing wonderful and exciting new things (like our 2 daughter-in-laws!!). While at other times it brings us difficult circumstances that settle in and make themselves at home for awhile.  For me, right now this is an unanswered prayer that has gone on for several years with heaven seeming slow in responding, at least in ways that I can readily see.

When the difficulties overwhelm us…when prayers go unanswered for long periods of time…when disappointments make the truth of God’s words hard to grasp…it is easy to read the words “who is able to do” and agree with them in our heads, but our hearts have a hard time believing.  We start asking ourselves questions like:  “Can He really change this horrible situation?” …“Why isn’t He answering my prayers?” and… “Since He isn’t answering my prayers does He really love me?”   Have you ever asked these questions?  I know I have.    The root cause of these questions is doubt….doubt in God’s Sovereignty.

Let’s talk a minute about what is means that God Sovereign.  To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God.  It declares that nothing happens in the universe outside of God’s authority and knowledge.  It means that he is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth.  Nothing can stop His purposes.  He has no limitations.  Simply said, God is in control!

When we anchor our thoughts and beliefs in the truth that God is all powerful and in complete control, we will trust in His power and ability.  When the doubting questions surface into my thinking, I have learned to get to the heart of the matter by asking myself this – “Kathy (insert your own name), do you believe that God is able and Sovereign?  When I remind myself of Who He Is, my thinking is corrected towards Truth!

I loved what Priscilla wrote to the one who wonders if God really loves or cares for them.  For those of you reading this today that need to be reminded of God’s love for you, please take a moment to read this and let it fill your heart, reminding you of God’s immense love for you.

“According to Scripture, this God who is ‘righteous in all His ways’ is also ‘kind’ in all His deeds (Psalm 145:17) Hear that?  Kind.

And while He may allow things into our lives that are decidedly not good, His Word promises He is still working all things together

for our good in Christ (Romans 8:28).  His heart is brimming over with compassion and affection for you.  He calls you the ‘apple’ of

His eye (Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalm 17:8 ESV), and is so endeared to you that He lifts His voice to sing songs over you (Zephaniah 3:17).

You are His ‘beloved (Deuteronomy 33:12; Romans 9:25), and His ‘banner’ over you is ‘love’ (Song of Solomon 2:4).

 He is always willing to do what’s in your best interest.  He is constantly seeking to bring about the finest result in your circumstances,

even thought His methods are not always human-approved or understood.  ‘No good thing does He withhold from those who walk

‘uprightly’ (Psalm 84:11).  Not one thing.”

Look at our words for this week – [God} who is able to do.  Take a moment and just repeat this phrase out loud a few times.  Truly, say it out loud over and over and let the truth really sink deep in you!

God’s power is one that can change the most impossible problem you are in or will ever face, no matter how stubborn or difficult the problem might be.  When God demonstrates His power, change is non-negotiable!  It can rearrange that broken relationship.  It can demolish the most difficult stronghold in your life.  It can restructure things like your finances and hardships.  It can lift your depression.  It can produce a life that is God honoring and God serving.  Bottom line – your most pressing issues DON’T stand a chance of resisting when God’s power shows itself.

How can I say this with absolute certainty?  Because I have seen in my own life…but more importantly, because God’s Word (He cannot lie) tells me that this is so.   One of my favorite Bible passages (because it reminds me of God’s inexhaustible power) is found in Ephesians 1:18-22

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,

the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and

seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion,

and every title that can be given, not only the present age but also in the age to come. 

And God place all things under his feet and appointed him to be

head over everything for the church which is the body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

After reading these verses, let me ask you a question.  It’s the same question I ask myself every time I start to doubt God’s ability to handle my circumstances.  Is there any need or circumstance in your life right now that would require more miracle producing strength than what God used to raise His Son, Jesus Christ, from death and the grave?

The answer to this question  is an emphatic NO!  You see, there isn’t one need or problem (no matter how difficult or impossible) that exceeds God’s power.  Don’t you just love this truth?!!!

God has the ability to transform all your needs.  It can happen in a flash, or it may happen over the course of time.  Because of God’s ability, there is no need to let your circumstances interrupt you daily life, discouraging your day, or keeping you awake at night.  You are in the right place.  You have the most powerful Sovereign God right by your side and He is in control and able!!!

I want to end today’s devotional with one of my favorite quotes in chapter 3:

“Just because you can’t see it or feel it or tell your friends about it right now means only one thing:  not that He’s unable, but that His Sovereign love is acting right this moment out of sight and without your knowledge.  Because His love (as Psalm 136 says) is eternal.  Way bigger than just right now.  And being willing to trust this truth is part of what believing in His ability is all about.”

As hard as it might be to be in your current now, please know this – there is no way that you can out-ask, out-pray, or out-dream the willingness and ability of God.  When you turn your heart and mind towards God’s ability, you are positioning yourself to be able to watch Him at work and see that He Is Able – even if it means waiting – even though you might not understand – even if His answer looks nothing like what you wanted or expected.

Have a Grace Full week trusting in the One Who Is Able ~

 

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