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The greatness of God’s power, that works in the lives of his people

Ephesians 1:19

As Christians, we believe and declare that God has all power. However, during our troubles, it can sometimes seem as if we have forgotten that fact. Too often, we place all our attention on our difficulties, so that we become unaware of God’s power to help us.

That was why Paul prayed for Christians to know the greatness of God’s power in them. By that power, God works in every situation to bring about his good purposes for his people (Romans 8:28). In their weakness, they do not depend upon themselves, but upon the power of Christ, who lives in them (2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Colossians 1:27).

It astonishes us to think of the power that caused Christ to become alive again after his death. It astonishes us even more to realise that the same power can be working in our lives, too (Romans 8:11). However, that is true in the lives of all God’s people, the people who believe and trust God. That is what it means to have faith: to believe and trust God (Mark 11:22-24).

When we have faith, our situation does not always change at once. Sometimes we must wait to receive what God has promised (Hebrews 10:36-38). Even when God is actively working in our situation, we might not see it. For that reason, we must continue to trust God, whatever happens. We must not allow ourselves to have an attitude of doubt or unbelief (Hebrews 3:12). In every situation, we must recognise the greatness of God, and his power to work in that situation on our behalf.

Next part: The power of Christ's ascension (Ephesians 1:20)


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