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The Wednesday Word: Is His Ability Enough for You? Part 2

Last week we considered Jesus the Able One who is able to do above all we ask or think. Today we notice that, He is able to do abundantly above all we ask or think.

This gets better and better. Not only is He able to do above all, but He is also able to do, “Abundantly above all” (see Deuteronomy 1:10-11). In other words, take what we are praying for and multiply it by 100 then by 1000. That’s the kind of answer God is willing and able to give. The Lord is not limited by our prayers, and a good thing too for our prayers are deficient and shallow. He takes even the frailty of our prayers, touches them with His greatness and returns an answer worthy of His majesty. He is enough!

Notice next that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we as or think.

Think of the greatest abundance you can imagine by multiplication and then multiply it again. Is that what this means? No! That can be measured! His answers and provision are as vast and immeasurable as the stars of the universe. He answers us like royalty because we are the children of His magnificent grace.

He will answer and provide “exceeding abundantly.” Spurgeon says, “His power to bless us is not limited by our power to understand the blessing! Grace is not measured to us according to our capacity to receive, but according to His ability to bestow! —Has not the Lord said, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it?” Yet our widest mouth is not the measure of what He can give us! Our boldest prayer is not the boundary of what He is able to bestow!”

Spurgeon’s sermons: Vol 21

I heard a story about the first city fathers of New York as they contemplated the future growth of their municipality. They laid out the streets and numbered them from the centre outward. When they began, there were only six or seven thoroughfares, but they felt they needed to project for potential future growth.

Being men of vision, they decided they needed to ‘think big’ so reaching beyond their wildest imagination, they drew streets on the map all the way out to 19th Street. They called it “Boundary Street.” They were sure that that was as big as New York would get.

Good luck with that one men! History has proven them to be so very short-sighted. The city has reached more than 284th Street and counting!

Jesus is never limited in His ability. We should always be prepared to receive exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or even think.

The thief on the cross asked to be remembered but was given eternal life —-that was an ‘exceeding abundantly above’ answer.

Simon the Pharisee asked Jesus to dinner and got a revelation of the Character of God —another ‘exceeding abundant above’ moment!

Mary and Martha asked Jesus to pray for their sick brother but got a miracle of resurrection—-they got exceeding abundantly above all that they asked or thought.

We need to discover, like Mary and Martha, that Jesus is bigger than any request we have. He is the God who is enough! He is big enough, wise enough, great enough, strong enough, powerful enough, kind enough and caring enough for anything we will have to face today. So let’s ask the question again, is Jesus enough?

HE

HE IS ABLE

HE IS ABLE TO DO

HE IS ABLE TO DO ALL

HE IS ABLE TO DO ALL WE ASK

HE IS ABLE TO DO ALL WE ASK OR THINK

HE IS ABLE TO DO ABOVE ALL WE ASK OR THINK

HE IS ABLE TO DO ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL WE ASK OR THINK

HE IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL WE ASK OR THINK

HE IS ENOUGH

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

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The Wednesday Word: Is His ability enough for You? Part 1

In Christ Jesus, there is an immense strength available for believers. When His salvation first apprehended us, we began to comprehend our nothingness and entire dependence on Jesus. Even now, as His followers, we are still confronted by our weakness apart from Him. This is good, for it keeps us in a place of brokenness and dependency. It’s a place where we can learn that His ability is enough.

When we consider Christ’s ability, it’s good to contemplate, for example, His skill at answering our prayers. We read, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think—–” (Ephesians 3:20). This is an astonishing scripture! If this gets a hold of us, it will cause us to realize that Jesus really is enough. Let’s take a moment and look more closely at this verse and see what it says to us.

It begins by declaring’ “Unto Him”. All prayer starts, with Him, with Jesus. He is the ultimate prayer warrior. But who is He? He is the God/Man, the Maker of Heaven and earth. He is the one to whom all power in Heaven and earth is given. Our verse next informs us that,

He is able:

Jesus is the able one. He is able to save to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25): He is able to make us stand (Romans 14:4): He is able to establish us (Romans 16:25): He is able to help us when we are tempted (Hebrews 2:18) and He is able to keep us from falling and to present us faultless in Heaven (Jude 1:24). He is enough for every situation we face.

He is able to do:

He is the one who gets things done. When He opens a door no one can shut it, when He closes a door no one can open it. He is the God of all-power who does according to His will. He is enough!

He is able to do all:

Nothing is too difficult for the Lord! He is the great and mighty God and who can withstand Him? He commands the winds and the waves to be silent and they obey. He can calm all the storms in our lives—is this enough for us?

He is able to do all we ask.

He is able to make good every promise He has ever made. We, therefore, need to get into the habit of asking! Just think of the extravagant love and power there is for us. Reflect on Romans 8:32; which tells us that we shall be freely given all things with Christ.

He is able to do all we ask and think.

This almost gets scary! He is able to do all that we think. This means that, in Jesus, there are limitless possibilities. There is an inexhaustible fullness of grace, mercy and provision which our prayers can never drain.

Spurgeon says, “Have you not, at times, been filled with great thoughts of what God might do with you? Have you not imagined how He might use you for His Glory? He can do more than you have dreamed! Turn your pleasant dreams into fervent prayers and it may yet please the Lord to make you useful to an amazing degree—so that you shall be astonished at what you will accomplish. If of a humble shepherd lad He made a David, He may do the same with you!”

He is able to do above all we ask or think.

To know that He can do all we ask or think is good enough for me, but now to be told that He is able to do above all that we ask or think is enough to make a Presbyterian shout! He is able to do more than we ask or think! Isn’t it time for us to get a bigger vision of the greatness of Jesus and His ability?

As John Newton wrote,

“Thou art coming to a King,

Large petitions with thee bring;

For His grace and power are such,

None can ever ask too much.”

He is enough!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

To be continued.

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

The Wednesday Word: Is it Enough to be His?

“My beloved is mine and I am His” (Song of Songs 2:16). What a verse! What a truth. ‘We are His!’ Just to know that He is mine doesn’t do it for me. Why not? Because I am in the habit of losing things that are mine. But Jesus has never lost anything that is His. We are His! We are safe.

But how did we become His?

We became His because He created us (John 1:3). We are His because the Father gave us to Him as a gift (John 6:37). We are His because He bought us (1 Peter 1:18). We are His because He found us (Luke 19:10). We are His because He conquered us (Colossians 2:13). We are His, not because of our performance, but because of His grace (Ephesians 2:8).

Our sufficiency is in Christ alone! He is enough? Poor old Job would have utterly fainted had he not believed that He belonged to the all-sufficient Lord. There was once a time when Job could talk about everything that he had. He could boast about his, health, wealth and children, but there came a time when, suddenly, they were all gone. He had nothing left but the Word of the Lord and the Lord of the Word. He had lost everything, but still could say, “I know that my Redeemer liveth’ (Job 19:25).

Is Jesus enough for us? We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). Is that enough? We have His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). Are they enough? He has promised, “Come unto me and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Is His rest enough? What more can He do than that which He has done? Is there something else we want to add to Him to find fulfillment?

We are His! What a beautiful truth! When we stumble and fall, we are His. In those situations, we actually collapse into His embrace for, “underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). His arms are almighty, they catch, hold, strengthen and restore us. He is our source, safety and salvation. He is enough!

When we fall, the everlasting arms catch us. And, it is in that fall that we realize, were it not for His grace, our destiny would be Hell and destruction. We apprehend that, in spite of our new life as Christians, we remain, at best, sinners saved by grace.

So, let me get personal and ask, have you fallen? Have you fallen badly? Does that mean then you are now finished as a believer? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He turned His back on you? No! You have fallen into His everlasting arms! Let Him teach you, therefore, the horror of your sins, let Him show you your nothingness; let Him strengthen you and demonstrate the power of His might. Don’t be dismayed under the sense of our own vileness and insufficiency. You are in His arms now! You are His! He will restore you and make you stand.

Perhaps you are struggling with the wretchedness of sin right this second! Look up and see, Jesus sitting majestically, robed in love, upon a throne of Grace. He is your King! Look again and see that He is your advocate who pleads your cause. Look again and see those the everlasting arms of sovereign power.

What authority then can snatch us out of those arms? What force can undo our reconciliation? What power can unfasten our redemption? What foul spirit can defy the Holy Spirit? “The eternal God is our refuge:” He has surrounded us with His grace, love, might and power. Is this enough for us? May we purpose today to walk into freedom, thankfulness and joy. Jesus is enough!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com