God’s Power Strengthens Eph. 3:14-21 Oct. 10, 2010
Billy Graham has been asked many times why he thinks he has had the numerical success he has had.
I have heard his associates say he always answers it is the presence and power of the Lord. Could a Sunday School class radiate with the power and presence of the Lord? I certainly think so. Since this lessons’s title emphasizes the power of God; why not seek it for our classes as well as the worship services. Let me encourage your members to pray for your teacher and together seek the power of God to saturate your class time. We do believe God’s Power Strengthens.
1. God’s Power Strengthens Through . . Prayer. 3:14-16
A. The . . Reason Behind Prayer Gives Us Strength. 3:14-15
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
B. The . . Riches Behind Prayer Gives Us Strength. 3:16
16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
I believe if Christians bow their knee in the humble respect and adoration of prayer to the Lord that act alone will give the individual Christian strengthening power from the Lord. What is our reason for bowing our knee before the Father? He is the source of our spiritual power. Every pastor I know will tell you there is a difference in preaching with the anointing power of God on you or preaching in the flesh. The Lord has the power to give material wealth or spiritual wealth. I don’t know any who would take material wealth instead of the spiritual.
2. God’s Power Strengthens Through His . . Presence. 3:17-19
A. The . . Dwelling In His Presence Gives Us Strength. 3:17
17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love,
B. The . . Dimensions Of His Presence Gives Us Strength. 3:18-19
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love, 19 and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Can you tell when you have the presence of God in a gathering at your house or church?
I believe there is a flat atmosphere in a service or gathering if His presence is not obvious.
It is possible to dwell in His presence, but too often we get so busy we walk through life on our own. Our failures cause us to wake up and seek His presence. To illustrate the dimensions of His love we can use verse 18 with John 3:16. For the length of His love look at, “God so Loved,” for the width, “He gave His only begotten Son,” For the height, “that whosoever believes,” while the depth can be, “will not perish.” Through it all The significance remains the power of God through His presence.
3. God’s Power Strengthens By His . . Power Working In Us. 3:20-21
A. Power Working In The . . Composition Of Our Bodies. 3:20
20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think—according to the power that works in you—
B. Power Working In The . . Churches Forever. 3:21
21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. HCSB
God’s power obviously works within us. If you evaluate our total composition he uses all of our being and works beyond all that we ask or think. His work goes beyond all that we can comprehend Him doing. It still befuddles our minds that He does so much through us. Then Paul concludes this section with a request the churches will give Him glory in the church. This is for all that He chooses to do. Paul requests this praise to be given in all generations forever and ever. So here we are 2,000 years later and we certainly enjoy those services where much praise can flow forward to the Lord for what He has done. We do this because God’s Power Strengthens. Amen? Amen!