God’s Power at Work
“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.” (Ephesians 3:20, Amplified Bible).
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.” (Philippians 4:13, Amplified Bible).
There are times when I’m driving through a construction site that I see and/or remember signs that read “Men at Work.” The truth be told, the word “men” can really refer to men and women since construction crews include males and females.
The “Men at Work” sign reminds me of what the apostle Paul wrote to the churches at Ephesus and Philippi. He encouraged them by reminding them that they served a God Who was continually at work in their lives and Who had empowered them to do all and be all He intended them to be.
That same message of encouragement rings true for us (born again believers) today. In Ephesians 3:20 Paul speaks of God, “His power that is at work within us.” In Philippians 4:13 Paul states, “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with strength and confident peace.” How often do we use and rely on God’s power at work in our lives? There is nothing we cannot accomplish (according to God’s will). There is nothing that is impossible for us to achieve or receive. There are no limits because we serve a “no limit God.”
The bottom line is, I am encouraging you, as Paul encouraged the Ephesians and Philippians, to know who you are and Whose you are. You and I are created in God’s image and He has empowered us to perform mighty acts and accomplish astronomical deeds. There is nothing too hard for us because there is nothing too hard for the God we serve. He has infused us with inner strength and confident peace.
There is no need to fear anything or doubt what will be. What God has for you is for you. The anointing, Holy Spirit, and power in you has put you in a position of blessings and favor. Therefore, let God be God in your life. Know that you are a winner, act like a winner, and live like a winner. You have been infused with power from on high. Nothing can compare to God’s power at work in you.
The anxieties and frustrations of life can be overwhelming. Since disappointments, pain, and suffering is felt by each one of us to varying degrees, I often wonder how those without Christ get through and overcome. Our Father knows everything His children will face, and He has already prepared us for victory in the challenging moments of life. The only requirement is that we do things His way.
The first option is to trust our Father. Proverbs counsels us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trusting God takes a lot of pressure off of us. It relieves us from trying to figure things out on our own. God is more than willing to take our life challenges from us. All we need to do is trust Him.
The second option is giving our cares and worries to our Father. The apostle Peter gave this counsel in his letter to the church. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you”. (1 Peter 5:7) This instruction is meant to encourage believers. We don’t have to be burdened down with worries and cares. We are His children.
Fathers take care of their children.
Jesus’ heart was grieved because many people in Capernaum had dismissed Him and His miracles. But there were still some who had hearts to receive. These were whom Jesus was speaking to when He spoke these words: “…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
When we are yoked together with Christ, we will find rest for our souls. We are connected with Him. His yoke is easy, which means He will carry the load for us. He will direct us. As He does this, our burdens are intended to be lighter. We can go through without the pressure.
Jesus taught on more than one occasion that we should not to be burdened or anxious about the cares of life. He said our Heavenly Father already knows what we need before we ask, and He will take care of us.
After Jesus had fed the five thousand, He and His disciples slipped away from the crowds. But the people saw them leave and followed them. Jesus told them that they only sought Him out because of the food. He taught them not to work for food that perishes, but for food that stays on into eternal life which He Himself would give. But they missed what He was saying. They asked Him what they could do to perform the works of God. This is what Christ said: “Here’s what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!” (John 6:29) It is just that simple!
God did not intend nor design us to fix our problems. He has always desired to be our provider. He created the universe for us, not us for the universe. It is God alone Who knows and has the answer for our life challenges. God alone.
Can we trust Him with our lives? After all, our peace and welfare are dependent upon our trust in Him.