Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ephesians 3: 20

By Chuck Smith

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us" (Ephesians 3: 20).


"It's so important when you pray to recognize that God is able.  You cannot think, you cannot ask, of something that is greater or beyond God's ability to meet in your life.  It's important to recognize God's ability whenever we pray.  It's interesting when we pray, and we're looking at our problems and our situations, we have in our minds a rating scale.  We say, this is fairly simple, this is difficult, this is rather hard, and that's impossible.  Unfortunately, so often when we pray, we carry that same rating schedule over to God.  If it's simple for us, we think it's simple for God, and so we can get by with a casual prayer,
because, that's rather simple, if God doesn't do it, I can probably work it out.  And so, our prayers are prone to be casual.  If it's difficult for us, then that takes a bit stronger prayer.  This is really a real problem; I don't know exactly, I could probably figure it out. My prayer needs to be a bit stronger in these situations.  If it's a hard situation, I might even fast and pray, this takes, really, intercessory prayer; this takes effectual, fervent prayer, because this is really hard.  If it's impossible, why do you even pray about it?  I mean, you know you can't do it.  And it's interesting how we carry this rating over to God, as if something is hard for God, or difficult for God, or something is impossible for God.  Jeremiah 32: 27 says:  "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?"  And of course the answer is no, there is nothing too difficult for Him.  You see, difficulty always has to be measured by the capacity of the agent that is doing the work.  Recently, we remodeled our sanctuary.  Was it difficult?  Well, if we had brought in a bunch of French Poodles, and had them try to fix everything, it would have been impossible.  But we had skilled men, and they could take the plans, and follow them, and it wasn't really hard or difficult because of their capacities and their abilities.  So when God is the agent that is doing the work, any talk of difficulty is absurd.  Jeremiah 32: 27 says:  "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?"  It's interesting that those men in the Bible who really accomplished great things for the Lord were men who were confident that God was able.  Knowing their own inability, they had great confidence in the ability of God.  And that's so important for you.  So many times we look at our own weakness, and our own abilities, and we sort of falter.  Rather than looking at God, and at His ability.

... God makes things impossible on the human level, so that He gets the glory.  So that we cannot boast, or think it was accomplished in our own strength or resources."

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