Exceeding Abundantly

by J. Grant Swank, Jr.

"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. . ." (Eph. 3:20).

Sometimes Satan would have us doubt this promise of God's power. But all the believer needs to do is push back the demonic lie to two thousand years ago at Golgotha. The ". . .exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. . ." has already occurred. It is there in the historical record. God accomplished "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" when He brought His Son back from the dead!

Therefore, after Christ's rising anything is possible. There are no limits on what God can do. All promise power flows from that empty tomb. The next time you come up against the impossible, ask yourself if it would be harder for God than Jesus' resurrection. Rest assured that the same Holy Spirit-strength that worked back then is now working in you to prove the integrity of the holy name of God.

Therefore, ". . .I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . ." (Eph. 3:l4).

One's entire life as a disciple is to be bowing the knees. That is the crux of the cross life.

Continually Jesus, within His consciousness, bowed His knees before Father. It was the Father's will that He lived for. And our Lord calls us to live for Him as He lived for Father. Therefore, living for Jesus the Son is to live for God the Father. Jesus now lives on our behalf at the right hand of the Father's throne.

Therefore, the cross bearer continues the rightful stance of Jesus. The disciple maintains a lowly estate before our Father's throne.

When one begins to grow cold in heart, it is because one has forgotten to "bend the knees." When that occurs, self-absorption returns. With that comes the loss of soul vibrancy, the increase of interior confusion and eventually the grieving of the Spirit.

The more one disciplines the interior to remain "bowing the knees," the more one comes into the intimacy offered each child of grace.

It is Jesus in everything. He is our pivot, our go-between to Father and Holy Ghost. When one then maintains constant yoke-fellowship with Jesus, one maintains the blessing with Father and Holy Ghost.

There is no greater privilege on earth than that of "bowing the knees." It leads into joy unspeakable; it opens to a foretaste of heaven. It is hope realized. Further, it makes glad the heart of God.

All outward circumstances become subservient to the interior when one focuses on "bending the knees."

Continually coming to the divine throne throughout the day is also what keeps the disciple's life simple. In this simplicity is that hoped-for release from worry, fear and over-indulgence in worldly cares.

Put your thoughts upon the Father's throne, "bowing the knees," and you will be blessed beyond measure-"exceeding abundantly." It is that gift from above which sustains the soul in the most difficult times.

J. Grant Swank, Jr., pastors New Hope Church, Windham, ME