EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE 6-29-17
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 worketh in us
exceed———–(1) to go beyond in quantity, degree, rate, etc…(2) to go beyond the limits of (3) to surpass; be superior to; excel
Abundant—— (1) present in great quantity; more than adequate (2) well supplied with something; abounding (3) richly supplied, as with resources
A statement was made at church recently to think back two or three years about what you were praying for then. Then think about the present and look at how many of those prayers from back then have been answered. As I thought about that this morning, this verse in Ephesians came to mind. I know I use that verse a lot in my writing but it is just because God proves it true on a daily basis. In Genesis 18:14 the Lord ask Abraham “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Again in Jeremiah 32:27 he asked the same question. Jeremiah had just answered that question in verse 17 when he said “Ah Lord God! behold thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee” then he continues and talks about God’s loving kindness, his great counsel, and his mighty works. Getting back to the statement at church, I have come to the conclusion that God IS able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. I have to agree with what Joshua told the Israelites when he was about to die: “ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.” That statement is just as true for me today as it was for them back then.
As I looked further in scripture I found what David said to his son Solomon concerning Solomon’s work to build the temple that God had given David the plans for. In 1 Chronicles 28:20 “And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” If you look at the scripture in Joshua and this one in 1 Chronicles together, it simply says this: God never has failed you and he is not going to. In Hebrews 13:5 Paul said, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” In Matthew 6, not only did Jesus teach his disciples how they should pray, but he also, in verses 24-34, gave them comfort concerning everything they need. In verse 32, after talking about their concern about food, drink, and clothing, Jesus told them “(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
In Deuteronomy 7:9 the bible says “know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. In 1 Thessalonians 5:24 it says “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” Also in 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. Then on over in the book of Hebrews 10:23 the bible tells us “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
Looking back in my life, even in just the past two or three years I have to admit just as Pilate did, “I find no fault in him.” When I think about a lot of the things that I was praying about back then and how many of them have been answered, I stand amazed. To recount some of the things that looked hopeless then and just worried the dickens out of me, I can definitely see that it had to be the hand of God at work for them to be resolved. Then when I think about all the ways God has blessed even beyond answered prayer, he proves once again that he does do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” I have a vivid imagination that has the capability of running wild and God even surpasses all that I can possibly think. He has proven repeatedly that he is faithful even when I don’t see that he is working on my behalf. I recall to mind Romans 8:28 and can see that he is doing what is best for me. That scripture says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” All things includes the good and the bad things. It is hard sometimes to be thankful for the bad things but we know that they are for our benefit. Sometimes the bad things that come are the only way to teach us what God needs for us to learn to accomplish his purpose.
To sum it all up, God has time and time again proven himself to be capable of going beyond what I thought were the limits of a situation and also proven himself to be superior to anything I thought possible. He has always been more than adequate and his grace and mercy have always abounded. He has always richly supplied me with whatever he knew I needed. Even though I might have at times questioned his timing or supply, he has always proven to be right on time and provided just exactly what I had need of. If you want to receive another blessing, look back at y. I believe you will find, just as I did, that in your life God has done exceeding abundantly above all that you could ask or think. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!our life two or three years ago and see what you were praying about. Recall what was troubling you at that time and what things may have seemed impossible