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April 27, 2020 The Power Within Us - Pastor Perry Windecker

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.


Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21, NIV).


Reflection


Have you ever watched a dam that has to release water in a hurry or else? They open up the spill gates and a torrent of water explodes downstream. Nothing can stop it or hold it back at this point.


I am not saying that being filled with the Holy Spirit will make you feel as you are going to explode, but that being filled to the measure of ALL the fullness of God has to be overwhelming and compelling. The Spirit compels us; His power within us can do the impossible. There is nothing out of the realm of God except your choice. He gives that back to us to make. He will set quietly by and let you resist, even with all of this power bottled up inside of you.


Thinking of His power living inside of me, continually working its grace in my life making me better and better until the day when my will and His will align perfectly. This is to know His love that surpasses knowledge (Ep. 3:19). Why then do we try to hide things from Him, negotiate with Him—why are we trying to swim upstream? His raging power inside of us, quiet and at peace, waiting, helping, and growing us to the point of His will and use. It is to His glory that all this power is at work, not ours. It is for His purpose of redeeming the world that He lives within you, and it is when your will flows alongside His will, not fighting it, that you feel this enormous power at work in you.


Are you trying to swim upstream against the God of the universe or are you trying to live within His will and plan for your life? Is every day a struggle; if so, what are you fighting against?


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