Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | August 22, 2011

The Strong Word – September 2011

As he writes his letter to the Ephesians the Apostle Paul is in prison yet he encourages his readers to be encouraged and not lose heart in times of difficulty. He asks them to be expectant of the riches of God‟s glory and to be receptive to the spirit of God who strengthens us inside, in our hearts and lives.

In Ephesians chapter three Paul prays that Christ may dwell in our hearts and we may be rooted in love. At the end of the chapter Paul encourages his readers to give all things into the hands of Christ. He writes in verse twenty:-

“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works within us. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations and forever.”

Difficulties may surround our small lives, building projects may be huge compared to our scant resources, “things” may not be as we would like, or as we would have hoped they would be. However, Paul is positive as he recalls the great God that we worship and adore. We too should recognise that God is well able to do more exceedingly abundantly, that is a lot, above all that we can even ask or think, beyond our wildest dreams.

As we face the future in an uncertain world, I believe that we can confront the uncertainties and the “Goliaths” that stand in front of us with a simple David-like faith. We can trust and believe that with God nothing is impossible. We can follow the lead of God and know by faith that we will have the resources to fulfil his purposes, and to bring glory to his name.

I pray the blessing of God will rest richly on all the church organisations and committees as we move into September. May we enter this new season, when so much starts to happen again, with a real sense of expectation and confidence in the God who calls us to move forward together with him.

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