“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:19-20).
It was a nice summer afternoon, and I was out working in my yard. Suddenly, there was a terrible thunderstorm that knocked all the power out in my neighborhood. The power outage lasted well into the evening hours. As I sat in the dark, I remembered I had not closed my garage door. When I went down to close it, I discovered the rest of my neighbor’s power had been restored while I was still in the dark. Upon a quick examination, I realized when the power went out it blew a fuse in my house. After rectifying the situation, the thought hit me – I sat in the dark for hours while, unknown to me, my power had been restored. I had the power but did not utilize it. Isn’t that like many Christians? They have the power of God but fail to use it in their lives.
In Ephesians 1:19-20, the Apostle Paul informs us that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to the believer. Now that is downright amazing! Think of it! The power that gave life to a dead body is at the child of God’s disposal! Upon further examination, the depth of this power is even more amazing!
First, he says, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power…” The word ‘power’ is the Greek word dunamis. This is power that gives one the ability to perform a certain task. It endows an ordinary person with the ability to do extraordinary things in God’s Kingdom.
Prayer: “Lord, let me do something extraordinary for You.”
Second, Paul states, “according to the working of his mighty power…” The word ‘working’ is another Greek word for power, energeo, which is an energizing power. It is the energizing force of the Holy Spirit that empowers a person to live for the Lord.
Prayer: “Lord, give me the energy to live a life that pleases You.”
Third, we see this is a “mighty power…” The word ‘mighty’ is another Greek word for power which is ‘kratos‘. This is power which enables a person to overcome addictions, bitterness, unforgiveness, insecurities, fears, self-doubts, etc.
Prayer: “Lord, enable me to overcome any besetting sins and bad habits in my life.”
Fourth, it is a “mighty power…” The word ‘power’ here in Greek is ischus, which refers to God’s power. We catch a glimpse of this power in Ephesians 6:10 where Paul exclaims, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” This is where the believer abides in a strength not of his own but of God’s.
Prayer: “Lord, let my weakness be made perfect in Your strength.”
Fellow believer, let us not sit in the dark, failing to use the power God has made available to us!
~Dr. William R. Glaze