The power of God
Updated: Dec 7, 2022
The lead Scripture is from Ephesians 1:3 NLT
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Often times in prayer, we may go to the Father with requests asking for His help or guidance with a particular matter and the Bible encourages us as well to bring our petitions to God. Today's post is about the power of God that is reflected in our thanksgiving and not only being appreciative of the mundane things that God does in our everyday lives but also thankful for the things that He has already done for us through His Son Jesus Christ. Some of the prophets of the Old Testament who prophesied about the coming of Jesus Christ longed to live in the time that we are currently living in as believers. A time where God has given us the name of Jesus Christ which is a name above all other names, that at His name every knee bows, of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth, and that every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11 NKJV). That at the name of Jesus Christ, generational curses are replaced with generational blessings, strongholds break and healing takes place in our minds, bodies and souls.
This does not happen because we are such 'nice people' who do good but because of God's power and His love for us through Christ Jesus that never fails. When God sent His Son Jesus Christ, He sent Him to die for all mankind not a few but for all and that whoever believes in His name shall be saved (Acts 16:31) and have eternal life. I don't know about you but I am glad that I don't have to perform or do 'good works' to deserve the blessings of God. Thank you Abba Father that we have rest because Jesus finished it all when He died for us on the cross.
At the same time, the unconditional grace and blessings of God should not be manipulated or abused by us. When I ponder about the grace of God, a relationship filled with love always comes to mind because I want to believe that we almost never deliberately hurt the people around us esepcially those we love. Then why do it to God?
1 Corinthians 13:4 -7 NLT tells us that love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. My question then becomes does your love for God emulate the gems in the above Scripture because God's love for you and I without a doubt does especially as His love for us never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your love for us that never fails through faith in Your one and Only Son Jesus Christ and because of our faith in Him, we are Your righteousness. You sent Your Son so we could have an abundant and eternal life, thank you. Thank you that by your power working on the inside of each one of us, you continually amaze us with Your goodness and mercy above all that we can ask think or imagine, In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
I will end with this prayer of Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:14 - 19 NKJV
"14. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15. from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16. that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
17. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18.may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height -
19. to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."