Devotional adapted from Holiness and High Country by A. F. Harper
Read: Ephesians 3:14-21
"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, Unto him be glory... Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)
[Ask yourself these questions.] Am I tempted to think that my case is different from and more difficult than the spiritual problems of others? Am I thinking about some wrong attitude of which I am ashamed? Am I disturbed by my failure to more fully achieve some spiritual goal? I may ask grace for this also. I may be different from others and my special problem may seem impossible. But, thank God, there is power adequate for me. Paul commends us "unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."
I may be different from others and my special problem may seem impossible. But, thank God, there is power adequate for me. God will give me the victory if I really want it more than anything else in the world.
Am I willing for God to control my life at this point also? Am I now continuing to yield my life wholly to God? If so, there is power for me. If I ask in faith, I may expect that wrong spirit to be corrected. I am promised the help of God to accomplish the task toward which His Spirit points me. Not in my own strength but by "the power that works in us." God will give me the victory if I really want it — if I want it more than anything else in the world.
Paul strengthens our faith when he writes, "How overwhelmingly great is His power for us believers. It is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead" (Ephesians 1:19-20, Berkeley).
"Oh, we never can know what the Lord will bestow
Of the blessings for which we have prayed,
Till our body and soul He doth fully control,
And our all on the altar is laid." — Elisha A. Hoffman