There is incredible power of God’s greatness for us who believe.
As we soak in this passage, we could skip past that, but why in the world would we? For if there is power for us that is greater than our external circumstances, we need it.
If there is power for us that defines our faith and who we are, then let’s take hold of that power and live it.
Let’s read Friday’s passage one more time.
. . .and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.
And He put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers]. Ephesians 1:19-23 (AMP)
How great is this power?
This is hard for me to wrap my mind around, but the power is the same that God demonstrated to raise Christ from the dead.
This kind of power doesn’t come from us. We’re not that big. The Source is God the Father. Because of our faith in Christ, who God seated above every authority and power and dominion, we have access to that power simply because we are His.
How do we take hold of that power?
I’m so glad you asked that question. Later, in this same prison epistle to the church of Ephesus, Paul uses the same word as He did in today’s passage.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)
In these verses he shows us how to live in that power.
I’ve personalized these verses today with my name. I pray you’ll do the same thing as you write these verses in your journal.
Finally Suzie, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For Suzie’s struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, Suzie, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, Suzie, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, Suzie, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17 (NIV)
I’m going to put on truth.
My battle isn’t always with flesh and blood.
My battle isn’t with that person who hurts my heart.
My battle isn’t with my cravings.
My battle is with the enemy.
Click to tweet: My battle isn’t always with flesh and blood. Or with that person who hurts my heart. #lifeshakingWord
I’m not defenseless. I don’t simply point to the enemy and say, “It’s His fault.”
I pick up truth. It’s the same weapon that Jesus used in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus was hungry, dirty, isolated and embattled.
Yet he showed us by example a truth that can shake up our battle plan.
He wasn’t battling for victory, but from a place of victory.
I heard our pastor say this a couple weeks ago, and I had to write it down. It was too key to miss it.
If we are battling from a place of victory that redefines our battleground. It redefines who we are battling. It redefines our war strategy.
The Word is our place of victory. Prayer is our place of victory.
When the enemy dares to lie — because that’s what he is, a liar — I hold up the truth. I hold on to the truth. I speak the truth out loud, even if it’s for my own ears.
Then I live as if it is true.
Ephesians 6 lists several more ways to live in that power. I want to cover one more.
We cover our hearts — those vulnerable places where the enemy would like to live — with righteousness.
This isn’t about following rules, but following Jesus.
If the enemy wants to lead me from God’s purpose for me, he loses.
Covering my heart may go against our feelings in the beginning. God might ask us to believe how He sees each of us, over what we’ve been told our whole life. God may ask us to open those vulnerable places wide so that He can take up residence (instead of shutting them off out of shame), but our God wins.
His purpose in us and through us goes forward in baby steps as we live a life wrapped around Him.
The more we live in that power, the more internal power we find regardless of our external circumstances.
Can I interrupt this for a moment and whisper something, friend to friend?
Covering your heart with righteousness isn’t about you or me, or what we do or don’t do.
It’s simply listening for His voice and saying yes, whatever He asks. Wherever He leads.
There’s more in this passage, but we’ll park right here for the moment. We skipped to Chapter 6, but it’s important to the passage we are studying in Chapter 1. So, for today, read Ephesians 1:19-23 one more time. Read Ephesians 6:10-17 one more time.
Answer these questions in your journal.
Let’s talk about them here. Please don’t be afraid to ask your questions. We’ll just find the answers together.
- How great is this power?
- Who is it for?
- What is it mean to stand firm? What does that look like in real life?
- How complex do I make “holiness” or “righteousness?”
- What is one practical way to simplify that in my daily life?
- When I personalize Ephesians 6:10-17, which leaps from the page and why?
Take a moment and write a prayer. May I share mine?
Lord, I think I am living with less of your power than You ever intended. You are the Source. May my internal well-being be grounded and established in that truth. All that you ask of me is to listen and whisper yes. I can do that! Shake my faith, Father. Shake up my preconceived ideas of what Your power is, and let me live fully in all that You have for me as Yours.