A Powerful Force

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.   Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT)

Did you ever read something in the Bible and get stuck on a verse?  I am stuck on this verse. I read it and a ton of questions started popping into my head. So here goes.

Do you think we understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us?  And those words  for us, does that mean that God will work his power on our behalf?  And how incredible is that power, the power that raised Christ from the dead? If we stop and think for a minute about the power to overcome death - the power that was behind that one amazing moment, it should blow our minds. Do we believe that he will show up and work miracles with that same magnitude? 

In addition to God working on the outside, there is a power that works on the inside. Here in Ephesians 3:17-19:

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

The first power here is comprehension. So does understanding how much God loves us give us the fullness of life and power that comes from God?  I think so. Mostly because I've watched people change when they understand this. What they care about changes. Who they are changes. Their goals and actions change and that is powerful.

In Ephesians 3:20 it says God's mighty power is at work within in us to accomplish infinitely more than we can ask or think. I don't know about you but I can think about a lot and my dreams are huge. But the Bible tells us God's power in us can do infinitely more than that.

I guess that brings me to my next questions. Do I believe it? Do I trust that God's power is real and that he is using it for us? When things are tough and I know in my heart it's not going to work out, do I put my faith in that power that I really don't understand? And most importantly, do I comprehend, do I fully get how much I am loved?  Do you?