far more…

Now to him who by the power at work within us
is able to accomplish abundantly  far more than all we ask or imagine,
to him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus to all
generations, forever and ever.  Amen.

Ephesians 3: 20-21  (RSV)


One of my pursuits for this year is to be more intentional about memorizing scripture.

A new verse on the 1st and the 15th of each month.

You can find the verse that I am memorizing on the sidebar under “Repeating” twice a month.

Yesterday came and I wasn’t sure where to land until I read the verse typed above.

I am very familiar with this verse but in other translations.  There just was something

that propelled this verse off the written page.

Do I believe that the power of God within me is able to accomplish FAR MORE than I can ask or imagine?


This power of God in us is not only far but it is far more!

I think of a baseball player hitting a pitch out of the park for a home run.

That’s far.

But God would say,

“That’s pretty far but my power is  far MORE.”

“In fact, it’s not only far more but abundantly far more.”

So how does one measure that?

When I checked out the what these words mean they have something in common.

They both mean beyond.

This is how we measure this type of power…

Beyond beyond.

If it was even possible to quantify His power it would always be more. It would always be beyond what

we can comprehend or even envision.


Now to him who by the power at work within us
is able to accomplish beyond and beyond all we ask or imagine.


Last night, I tossed and turned.  I brought the worries of the day into my

bed.  If I am honest, those worries were steeped in fear and in worst case scenarios.

They stem from not being in control and not knowing the end of the story.

They squeezed out the place of God.  I placed them beyond God’s reach and definitely

beyond His power.

I want to walk in the truth of this verse.  How different I would look if I believed that His power in me is beyond and still  beyond anything
I can  cook up.

If I could trust that God’s ways could take precedent over a mind that so easily is  overcome by “what if’s” and “oh no’s”.

If there is power at work within me, it suggests that this  power will influence all that concerns me.

I don’t mean to suppose  that everything will change to sunshine and lollipop time, but who we are in the midst of

life will change.

God’s indwelling power  will impact our responses, our joy and our hope.

Perhaps we will experience far more joy, peace and hope than we have ever known.

We remove the  sunglasses that have shielded us from fully seeing the Light and  let it come to rest within.

As much as the Lord will let me see with the naked eye, I want to see!


Often I have looked at these verses and thought that I needed to dream bigger.

I do think that is still true.

What I am seeing today is that  God wants me to know that I can be different.

I can abandon the school of thought that declares,

“Oh that’s just the way I am.”

“I am a worrier”.

“I can’t help myself, it’s just  my nature.”

“I am a fill in the blank.”


I don’t want to dismiss the power that God says is at work in me.

When we make way for His power, we give room for His glory to be revealed…

in the church,

in Jesus,

and to all generations.

That is beyond powerful.

In fact that is abundantly far more powerful than I can comprehend.






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