God Is Able – Devotional #4 – He is Able to Work Beyond Your Beyond!

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.


Ephesians 3:20-21

If you are reading the book God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer, read chapter 4 this week

In the last three blog postings, we have talked about some powerful choices you have:

  • To be a “now” disciple, concentrating on God’s present connection with your current life circumstances.
  • To be a disciple that turns away from fears, and turns your focus “to Him”.
  • To be a disciple who doesn’t detour from the unchangeable truth of God’s ability – that He “is able” to work on your behalf no matter what your circumstances look like.

If you are choosing to live out these choices, stop and think about how they are impacting your faith.  How are these choices changing your thoughts of doubt, worry and despair?  (Please feel free to take a moment and share your thoughts on this by leaving a comment at the end of today’s blog post.)


This week, we are going to look at the next set of words – “exceedingly, abundantly beyond”.

I wonder, after writing the words – “Now to Him who is able to do”  –  if Paul stopped and just sat quietly thinking through the words that would best describe his point.  In my mind, I think he may have even prayed and asked God to give him just the right words….words that would help us to understand, to the best we could,  the extent of God’s ability.  When he penned exceedingly, abundantly beyond, it is as if he was trying to express something in which there were no words to adequately express…like he was struggling to describe this generous, overflowing, bigger than life ability of God.  Let me explain a bit…

Paul chose a Greek word that was made up of three words – “huper-ek-perissou”.   If you put the meaning of these three words all together here is what they mean – surpassing, superabundantly, surpassingly, beyond measure, exceedingly, quite beyond all measure, overwhelming, over and above, more than enough!! 

As I thought about this it made me joyfully laugh!!  Don’t you just LOVE how many words it took to try and describe God’s ability?!!!  The extent of God’s ability was one that Paul could not fully express.  It was super-abundantly above and beyond what we ask or think….AND THEN SOME ON TOP OF THAT!!!


Here is an excerpt from Priscilla’s Book that spoke to my heart…


“He is not just able to do.  He is ‘able to do [for us] exceeding abundantly beyond.

And once we truly believe this astounding truth from Scripture, it changes the

way we live.  It changes the way we pray.  It changes the way we hope.  And smile.

And laugh.  It changes our whole outlook.

Again, His ability to go beyond our beyond doesn’t mean He’s required to take

orders from us – that if we can just believe hard enough, we can force

Him to agree with us about the solution we’d like to see happen.

That’s not at all what I’m implying.  He is still Sovereign.  Always in ultimate control.

He get’s to decide how his beyondness fleshes itself out in our lives.  And  that should

be more than okay for us – because His purposes and plans, as well as His love and grace,

are so far outside the limits of where our puny minds can go, we’re actually a whole lot

better off just leaving the ‘how’ and ‘when’ details entirely in His hands.

In fact, when we arrogantly place demands on God with our requests, we are

actually doing ourselves a disservice.  To limit His work to the range of our mind’s

capacity to plan and comprehend is to limit our own experience of the extravagant capacity

of God’s miracle-working potential, which spans all the way to eternity and back.”

So how can we live this out this coming week?  Here are a few things I would like for you to consider thinking about or doing:

1.  If you have written Ephesians 3:20-21 out on a card, and have been following along with each week’s assignment with this card, please take the words exceedingly, abundantly beyond and circle each one individually.  Post these verses where you will see them often.

2.  Take time to think about the imponderable nature and extent of God’s ability.  As you do, please consider this – He is always looking beyond the realm of your sight.  He is always thinking beyond the scope of your thoughts.  He is always mapping a plan beyond the trajectory of your ambitions.  He is always working out a miracle that transcends the farthest reaches of your imagination.

3.  Allow this week’s lesson to liberate your thinking.  Because God’s ability goes beyond  what we think, you don’t have to have it all figured out.  You don’t have to come up with a plan and manipulate the details into working things out according to your schedule.

4.  Rest on this:  He is able to do more than you ask Him for. He is going to work beyond your plans…beyond your expectations…beyond your timid requests.

5.  When you bring your prayer requests/needs to God, punctuate your prayer with this comment – “Lord, please do this….or do something better!”

Have a Grace Full week watching for God’s exceedingly, abundantly, beyond, wildest. mind blowing ability in your life!!





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