Developing Deep Awareness
"Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." Ephesians 3:20
Several years ago, when I discovered I contained a power greater than myself and I adopted Ephesians 3:20 as a lifestyle, I wrote a poem:
Ephesians 3:20 is in the book.
It reaches out to every nook.
I say it every day.
Now it lives in my heart to stay.
However, I would go back and forth in the awareness that God abundantly blesses me by His power that works in me; one day living in peace and purpose, the next day living like God didn't exist. I began to observe my thinking, speaking and actions. It seemed like the awareness of the Holy Spirit in me as my 'always' helper would disappear according to circumstances. When I experienced doubt and fear, it was because I felt alone. Ephesians 3:20 was a once in a while scripture; the Bible calls this double-minded (James 1:8).
I received the revelation of what Jesus said in Matthew 8:13... "Go they way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee..." When a man asked Jesus to help with his sick son, He said, "...If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:23. The man asked Jesus to help with his unbelief. I do not need help with my unbelief, I need Spirit help with my ability to believe. This is when I ask the question that pertains to Ephesians 3:20. "According to the power that works in me", the power to do what?
The Power to do What?
1. The power to believe. The first step to anything is to believe. This requires God's Word to speak opposite of negative, destructive feelings. When I discovered the Holy Spirit as a scriptural fact, feelings of doubt or unbelief began to lose its power. I made a list of God's Word that I would say every day and still do today.
- All things are possible with God because I believe (Mark 9:23, Mark 10:27).
- I have what I say (Mark 11:23).
- Every need is met (Philippians 4:19).
- Every desire is fulfilled (Mark 11:24).
Speak opposite of what humanism thinks and says. Speaking opposite of negative, destructive feelings changes feelings into what we are saying based on God's Word.
2. The power to believe every promise is 'yes' and 'amen' (II Corinthians 1:20). In Jesus Christ, He has already said 'yes'. 'Amen' means it is completed. "...unto the glory of God..." How? It is by you and me. Glory is results. God's pleasure is our prosperity (Psalm 35:27). Lord Jesus Christ, I believe I receive provision for every promise. What may look like a 'no' is only a bigger 'yes'. For every delay, the supply is bigger than I could ever imagine.
3. The power to believe our past is gone; the 'now' and the 'future' is disconnected from the past by saying so when we accept Jesus as Savior. II Corinthians 5:17 says we are a new creature in Christ and old things have passed away. This is an 'aorist' (Greek) tense statement; Jesus shed His blood and died for us, the past is broken.
4. The power to believe we have inherited substance from God. We draw from the abundant supply of substance in increased form by the power of the Holy Spirit and by faith (Romans 8:21). Substance is for life, health and peace; it is subject to how we think and speak. Thinking and speaking in faith and love produces abundance (Matthew 23:29). Thinking and speaking in the flesh (fear, hurt. guilt, bitterness, religious attempts to reach God, disappointments, discouragement), creates more of the same.
5. Say it to be so! In Jesus Christ, there is no limitation. I am unlimited and I can have everything I believe for! The more I give, the more I receive. I am a channel for God's riches to others. Amen!