Do You Really Know His Power? (Philippians 4:12-13)

Posted on April 1, 2024

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Do You Really Know His Power? (Philippians 4:12-13)

The first quarter of 2024 has clearly shown the year’s hand, it’s direction and intent. The question is: how have we fared as individual believers in the face of the odds? Be honest with yourself! Wherever your introspection leaves you, there is time to adjust and remain standing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul points us to the gamechanger in this continuing and intensifying battle to stop us from being overcomers!

I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:12-13 (MSG)

I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty. Philippians 4:12-13 (TPT)

Now, a secret first has to be revealed, known and in this case, practiced until we gain mastery. And particularly as it relates to having abundance, sufficiency and lack, the tool the enemy is using to unsettle us! This secret is all rooted in Christ’s explosive power, the full extent of which is dispersed across Apostle Paul’s writings. I highlight them in part below, asking you to deeply reflect on them until you internalise them and use to advantage. These are the key scriptures Ephesians 1:18-23 (TPT and NLT); Philippians 3:20-21; Romans 8:10-11. We take only two below and encourage you to search out the others—rooted in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling —that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones! I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!  And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming! And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ and has given him the highest rank above all others. And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it! Ephesians 1:18-23 (TPT)

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. Ephesians 1:18-23 (NLT)

That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, [e]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [f]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [g]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [h]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]. Ephesians 3:18-20 (AMPC)

Are you praying to understand the incredible greatness of the power that’s available to you by faith? To get the full dimensioning of this power, would you do the comparative study of Philippians 3:20-21 and Romans 8:10-11? When you do this, you can then answer the question, ‘Where is my sufficiency?’  Would you? Selah

Pastor Afolabi Oladele

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