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God is able

July 29, 2017

Ephesians-3-20-21

Instead of the usual Verse of the Day, we offer the Quote of the Day for July 29, 2017 with this reminder from Dr. Kingsley Fletcher:

“The Spirit of God can do things the mind of man cannot fathom.”

In reflecting on this statement three scriptures came to mind in light of what God is able to do. First, we find a notable account of God’s ability to move in a seemingly impossible situation in the Book of Daniel when the three “Hebrew Children” are going to be thrown into the fiery furnace, and this is their response:

Daniel 3:17:

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

Another statement related to God’s ability in light of our human inability to comprehend His awesome super-ability comes from the powerful prayer found in Ephesians:

Ephesians 3:20

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

These two verses serve as the epigram or introduction to this poetic expression:

God is Able

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us

from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

Daniel 3:17

 

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly

above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Ephesians 3:20

 

God is able to do far above all we ask or think.

Life’s greatest challenges will not prevail, but they will shrink.

Although threatened on every hand, we refuse to back down.

In the midst of what seems to be defeat, we will still rebound.

If we have to, we will walk on water and will not sink.

 

Surrounded by disaster, even at the very brink

Of total defeat, so the enemy would have us to think.

Though confronted and intimidated, we stand our ground:

God is able.

 

We have learned that God’s Word and God’s will are always in sync,

That His Word nourishes and sustains us more than food or drink.

Our confident trust in God is nothing less than profound,

As we rise untouched, not singed, even from a fiery showdown.

Renewed in the spirit of our minds, we can now rethink:

God is able.

The third reference to an expression of what God is able to do is found in Jude: 24-25 (NKJV) which serves as an exhortation and benediction:

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Wintley Phipps expresses the same truth in a powerfully rendered version of “He is Able”:

 

To him who is able

July 9, 2017

Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for July 9, 201 actually comes from the benediction of the prayer found in the culminating verses of Ephesians chapter 3:

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The Amplified Bible offer this rendering:

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

The closing lines reveal our Heavenly Father’s intent toward believers that they demonstrate the exceeding greatness of His power or ability recorded by Paul in those two verses which shine as crowning jewels in that exquisite revelation of God’s ability. The opening phrase of verse 20 brought to mind the expression that “God is able,” which in turn caused me to think of the lyrics to this song which originally was taught to children:

He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He healed the brokenhearted and set the captive free,
He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.

Sometimes in the midst of very trying circumstances that seem to overwhelm us with their magnitude, we must be been strengthened and encouraged by the Word of God and by examples of those like Daniel and others who exercised astounding faith, reaping the benefits of their strong convictions. Without question, Daniel came to recognize that, indeed, “God is able.” Many times when we think about Daniel and the Hebrew children, we fail to realize that they were real people who faced real dangers. Just as we do also, they faced stressful situations that could overwhelm them and cause them to doubt God’s ability to come to their rescue. A teaching on Daniel and his companions inspired the following poem which also uses Ephesians 3:20, as part of its introduction:

God is Able

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us

from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us

out of your hand, O king.

Daniel 3:17

 

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Ephesians 3:20

God is able to do far above all we ask or think.
Life’s greatest challenges will not prevail, but they will shrink.
Although threatened on every hand, we refuse to back down.
In the midst of what seems to be defeat, we will still rebound.
If we have to, we will walk on water and will not sink.

Surrounded by disaster, even at the very brink
Of total defeat, so the enemy would have us to think.
Though confronted and intimidated, we stand our ground:
God is able.

We have learned that God’s Word and God’s will are always in sync,
That His Word nourishes and sustains us more than food or drink.
Our confident trust in God is nothing less than profound,
As we rise untouched, not singed, even from a fiery showdown.
Renewed in the spirit of our minds, we can now rethink:
God is able.

Like Daniel in the den of lions, we sometimes find ourselves in desperate, seemingly impossible situations from which we cannot extract ourselves on our own. When we think of such situations like that of Daniel, we must remember the King’s response when God delivered Daniel:

Daniel 6:27

He [the God of Daniel] delivers and rescues, and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

As we close this blog entry, another magnificent benediction from Jude comes to mind, a further reminder that God is able:

24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.

Shannon Linville offers A Scripture Song based on Ephesians 3:14-21, the prayer from which the Verse of the Day is taken:

Friendship with God

April 8, 2017

The Verse of the Day for April 8, 2017 comes from Romans 5:10 in the New Living Translation:

For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.

Here is the rendering in the Amplified Bible:

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].

In reflecting upon this verse we note that past, present, and future all merge in the accomplished work of Jesus Christ, our Savior:

Past

In the past when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by means of the death of His son. We note that “even our ‘justification,’ our ‘reconciliation’—has already been accomplished. We are no longer enemies, but friends. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, as 1 John reminds us.

Romans 8:7 reminds us that before we were reconciled to God we were enemies who were at odds with God:

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Former enemies have now been reconciled as friends. Beyond the invitation to become friends on Facebook, God transformed our status from enemies to beloved friends. The lyrics to the song reinforce the message:

I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God.
He calls me friend.

Present

In the present, now that we have been reconciled, God has committed unto believers, the word of reconciliation and the ministry of reconciliation, whereby we are appointed as “ambassadors for Christ.” We thus reconcile others, as 2

Corinthians 5:17-21 clearly reveal.

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Future

Regarding our future—“The future is as bright as the promises of God” because “we will be saved from the wrath to come: that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].”

Verses 24-25 from the Book of Jude remind us and reassure us of what awaits us as believers because of we have been reconciled to God:

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Recently one of the most popular verses that believers refer to when talking about the future comes from Jeremiah 29:11 in the NIV:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Although these words of Jeremiah were specifically addressed to Israel concerning their release from Babylonian captivity after seventy years, we recognize the truth expressed in

Romans 15:4:

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

The prophetic word from Jeremiah can certainly have personal application, in that the plans God has for each of His children in 2017 and beyond are no less grand than those He has for the Children of Israel. Our future is secure, as God, our Heavenly Father, clearly expresses His plans for our future or “final outcome”, so that we need have no fear for our future.

The Verse of the Day also speaks of “our friendship with God,” as we close with Phillips, Craig & Dean offering “I am a friend of God”:

Able, more than able

July 9, 2016

Ephesians-3-20-21

One of the most powerful expressions of God’s desire for His people is found in the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21. The Verse of the Day for July 9, 2016 is the benediction from that prayer:

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT):

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

That powerful prayer reveals our Heavenly Father’s intent toward believers: that they might demonstrate the exceeding greatness of God’s power or ability. Paul sets these shining verses as crowning jewels in that exquisite revelation of God’s ability. The opening phrase of verse 20 brought to mind the expression “God is able,” which in turn caused me to think of the lyrics to this song:

He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He healed the brokenhearted and set the captive free,
He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.

Sometimes in the midst of very trying circumstances that seem to overwhelm us with their magnitude, we are strengthened and encouraged by the Word of God and by examples of those like Daniel and others who exercised astounding faith, reaping the benefits of their strong convictions. Without question, Daniel came to recognize that, indeed, “God is able.”

Many times when we think about Daniel and the Hebrew children and other giants of faith in the Bible, we fail to realize that they were real people who faced real dangers. Just as we do today, they faced stressful situations that could have easily overwhelmed them and caused them to doubt God’s ability to come to their rescue. I heard a teaching on Daniel and his companions, and it inspired this poem which also uses Ephesians 3:20, as part of its introduction:

God is Able

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us.

He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 

Daniel 3:17

 

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly

above all that we ask or think, according to the power  that works in us,

Ephesians 3:20

 

God is able to do far above all we ask or think.

Life’s greatest challenges will not prevail, but they will shrink.

Although threatened on every hand, we refuse to back down.

In the midst of what seems to be defeat, we will still rebound.

If we have to, we will walk on water and will not sink.

Surrounded by disaster, even at the very brink

Of total defeat, so the enemy would have us to think.

Though our foes seek to intimidate, we still stand our ground:

God is able.

 

We have learned that God’s Word and God’s will are always in sync,

That His Word nourishes and sustains us more than food or drink.

Our confident trust in God is nothing less than profound,

As we rise untouched, not singed, even from a fiery showdown.

Renewed in the spirit of our minds, we can now rethink:

God is able.

Like Daniel in the den of lions, we sometimes find ourselves in desperate, seemingly impossible situations from which we cannot extract ourselves on our own. When we think of such situations like that of Daniel, we must remember how the situation unfolds:

Daniel 6:19-23 (NLT):

19 Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and hurried to the den of lions. 20 When he had come near the den, he called out to Daniel with a troubled voice. The king said to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God has sent His angel and has shut the mouths of the lions so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also before you, O king, I have committed no crime.” 23 Then the king was greatly pleased and ordered that Daniel be taken out of the den. So Daniel was taken out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in and relied on and trusted in his God.

Note the King’s response when God delivered Daniel:

Daniel 6:26-27(NLT):

For He is the living God, enduring and steadfast forever,
And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,
And His dominion will be forever.
27 
“He rescues and saves and performs signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth—
He who has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

As we close this entry, another magnificent benediction from Jude 24-25 comes to mind, a further reminder that God is able:

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.

We add the finishing touch with a song to reinforce the message than God is not only able, but “He is more than able”:

 

 

 

God is able. . . more than able

July 9, 2014

Ephesians-3-20-21

One of the most powerful expressions of God’s desire for His people is found in the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21 (King James Version):

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of 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 by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen

The Verse of the Day for July 9, 2014 is the benediction from that prayer found in culminating verses of the chapter:

Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.=

That powerful prayer reveals our Heavenly Father’s intent toward believers that they might demonstrate the exceeding greatness of God’s power or ability recorded by Paul in those two verses which shine as crowning jewels in that exquisite revelation of God’s ability. The opening phrase of verse 20 brought to mind the expression that “God is able,” which in turn caused me to think of the lyrics to this song:

He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He healed the broken hearted and set the captive free,
He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.

Sometimes in the midst of very trying circumstances that seem to overwhelm us with their magnitude, we must be been strengthened and encouraged by the Word of God and by examples of those like Daniel and others who exercised astounding faith, reaping the benefits of their strong convictions. Without question, Daniel came to recognize that, indeed, “God is able.” Many times when we think about Daniel and the Hebrew children, we fail to realize that they were real people who faced real dangers. Just as we do also, they faced stressful situations that could overwhelm them and cause them to doubt God’s ability to come to their rescue. I heard a teaching on Daniel and his companions, and it inspired this poem which also uses Ephesians 3:20, as part of its introduction:

God is Able

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us

from the fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of

your hand, O King.

Daniel 3:17

           

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly

above all that we ask or think, according to the power

that works in us,

Ephesians 3:20

 

God is able to do far above all we ask or think.

Life’s greatest challenges will not prevail, but they will shrink.

Although threatened on every hand, we refuse to back down.

In the midst of what seems to be defeat, we will still rebound.

If we have to, we will walk on water and will not sink.

Surrounded by disaster, even at the very brink

Of total defeat, so the enemy would have us to think.

Though confronted and intimidated, we stand our ground:

God is able.

 

We have learned that God’s Word and God’s will are always in sync,

That His Word nourishes and sustains us more than food or drink.

Our confident trust in God is nothing less than profound,

As we rise untouched, not singed, even from a fiery showdown.

Renewed in the spirit of our minds, we can now rethink:

God is able.

 

Like Daniel in the den of lions, we sometimes find ourselves in desperate, seemingly impossible situations from which we cannot extract ourselves on our own. When we think of such situations like that of Daniel, we must remember the King’s response when God delivered Daniel:

Daniel 6:27

He [the God of Daniel] delivers and rescues, and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

As I close this blog entry, another magnificent benediction from Jude comes to mind, a further reminder that God is able:

24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.

We add the finishing touch with a song to reinforce the message than God is not only able, but “He is more than able”:

 

Displaying the power of God

June 4, 2014

1 Chronicles 29--11

Without question, the Lord is great and greatly to be praised. The Verse of the Day for June 4, 2014  from 1 Chronicles 29:11 also brings to mind the concluding words of the Lord’s Prayer which expresses similar sentiments in Matthew 6:13 in the Amplified Bible:

13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

As I reflected upon those verses, I thought of a scientific discovery that occurred five years ago which provided a clear demonstration of the awesome power of God. Thanks to NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope,the eyes of the world focused on Saturn, the second-largest planet in the Solar System. According to CNN, “Scientists at NASA have discovered a nearly invisible ring around Saturn — one so large that it would take 1 billion Earths to fill it.”

The bulk of the massive then newly sighted ring in 2009 starts about 3.7 million miles (6 million km) away from the planet and extends outward another 7.4 million miles (12 million km). The ring’s orbit is tilted 27 degrees from the planet’s main ring plane. With Saturn’s diameter being nine times greater than Earth’s, the diameter of the supersized ring is equivalent to lining up 300 Saturns side by side. Most amazingly its entire volume can hold one billion Earths.

Reading about these discoveries in outer space and other current events caused me to see and appreciate the magnitude of the creative power of God in a new way. This information is staggering in light of the demonstrated power of God manifested through the Spoken word of God recorded in Genesis where “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Later the account indicates, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. . .” Then almost as a modest aside, we learn “He made the stars also.” All the starry hosts with its millions upon millions of stars God made, each of which He numbered and called by name.

With this awareness of who God is in mind, I acknowledge that no matter how challenging and insurmountable any situation may appear to be, we should recall that nothing is too hard for God. He asks, “I am the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” In fact, the old gospel song reminds us,

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?

Got any mountains you cannot tunnel through?

God specializes in things called impossible;

And He will do what no other power (Holy Ghost power) can do.

One of the most powerful expressions of the exceeding greatness of God’s power or ability is found in the prayer recorded by Paul in Ephesians 3:16-23. Ephesians 3:20 shines as one of the crowning jewels in that exquisite expression of God’s ability:

And God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.

The recent discoveries in outer space also helped to see in an even more profound way that, indeed, “God is able.” I thought of the lyrics to this song:

He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He healed the broken hearted and set the captive free,
He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.

I close with the magnificent benediction from Jude which is a further reminder that God is able:

24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.

Listen to Chris Tomlin, who offers this powerful declaration in a medley of “How Great Is Our God” and “How Great Thou Art.”