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Unbelievable Power

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"And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might." - Ephesians 1:19

When we hear the words "power" and "greatness," many things may come to our minds. Maybe the strength of a professional athlete or the force of huge machinery. Maybe we think of massive crashing waves or remember times when we've seen incredible storms on TV or in movies. These are all great examples of power and greatness, but Paul is sharing with us and the Ephesians of a surpassing (i.e. a far better) power and greatness.

Paul actually uses four Greek words here to describe this power and greatness. There are two specific words that will hopefully encourage you today. The first use of "power" is "dunamis," where we get our English word dynamite! Secondly, the word for "working" is "energeia." This is "power in exercise or operative power." This is God's energy! The Bible says that this dynamite power of God's energy is the same power and greatness that raised Christ from the dead (Rom. 8:11)! What an encouragement to us today that this surpassing greatness is "toward us who believe." May you tap into that power today!

Are you aware of the power of God that is in you as a believer in Christ? How are you allowing God's dynamite power and energy to flow from your life?

Rich in Christ

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"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." - Ephesians 1:18

One incredible aspect of the Kingdom of God is its inclusiveness. People from every race, every socio-economic status, every nation, and every walk of life find common and level ground at the foot of the cross. The Gospel is the good news of salvation, not based on anything we can bring to the table, but ALL based on Christ and what He has done. No matter what we have in our past or what may be plaguing our present, in Christ, we are called "saints." Not only do we gain eternal life through Christ (as if that weren't enough!), but He also promises us wealth. Now, this isn't material wealth that our world strives for and some Christians have twisted the scriptures to teach. This "richness" is what we are promised in Christ. All of Christ, in all of us, for all of time. That is WEALTH! The fullness of Christ is offered to us, His "saints"! So no matter your race, your socio-economic status, your family history, or your struggles, in Christ you are free. You are forgiven. You are rich!

When was the last time you thought about and praised God for the inheritance that you have been given in Christ? Take God at His word today and begin to walk in His richness!

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