August 5, 2014

Today you should read: Ephesians 3:20-21

“There is just no way”, “That is impossible”, “Sure, when pigs fly.”

The aforementioned phrases are things that all of us have said in some shape or form in our lives. I remember praying for my grandfather asking God to save him and at the same time thinking, “there is no way.” It seemed impossible. The guy who led me to Christ in college thought the very same thing about me. I remember him telling me in discipleship after I came to know the Lord that when he first met me he wasn’t sure if I was going to listen to him or punch him. The past few years I have had the privilege of watching God take impossible people and situations and change them through the gospel. Many times I struggled to have faith that God would change them. Today’s passage is such a refreshing reminder of God’s power and grace.

1. God’s power knows no limits. (v.20a)

No matter what the circumstance or situation that you are facing God is able to do more in that scenario than you could even begin to ask. I think at times we limit our faith in God’s power because we view God through our human lens of understanding. For instance, I can’t see how this (insert impossible scenario) will possibly work out, so I have little or no faith in God being able to change it either. In order to have faith in the power of God, we have to view God through the God-sized lens that he deserves.

David helps us adjust our belief in Psalm 29 of the power and glory of God. Take a moment to read and mediate on this passage.

2. God’s power is at work within us. (v.20b)

Sometimes the hardest thing to have faith in is God’s ability to change us. I know that sin struggles can feel impossible to overcome. I want to remind you today that the full power of God lives within you through the Holy Spirit. The problem is not that God doesn’t have the power to change you it is that you don’t have the faith in His means for change. God has called us to repent and faithfully put on the character that He has given us (Ephesians 4:17-24, Colossians 3:1-17). Have you put to death the old self and renewed your mind in the word of God? If not, then let me urge you to make that decision today.

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “August 5, 2014”

  1. I love the tense of the verb in verse 20. “His power that is at work in us”…not was, or will be, but IS…often before I even acknowledge my need for it.

  2. Thanks Chad for reminding us that God is in the business of doing the things we think are impossible.

    I have a friend who grew up in Hindu culture & tradition. He is truly one of the kindest, honorable men I have ever known. I’ve shared the gospel with him on multiple occasions but he still believes many paths lead to God and there is no exclusivity in Jesus Christ. At times I lack faith and fall into the trap of thinking it is impossible for him to accept Christ as Lord.

    Today I am reminded that my job is simply to be faithful and pray each day that the Holy Spirit will convict his heart of the need for Jesus. God will do HIS work in HIS time.

  3. Thanks, Chad, for pointing us to Psalm 29 this morning. As I read thru it, I was struck by the power and awesomeness of God’s voice. He speaks and everyone, everything listens!! And then, I was reminded that God speaks just as powerfully in the silence. Oh, that our ears would be open to hear Him in whatever voice He chooses to speak!! And that we would not only hear, but obey!! The most amazing part is that He wants to converse with us at all! Thank you, Jesus, for making the way for us!

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