Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (Ephesians 3:20 NASB)
I am shocked by my own unbelief. I read promises and think, really? Will you really do more abundantly beyond what I ask or think? I disappoint myself by that state of my own heart. I realise as I read that I have been captured by the invisible threads of the enemy. Threads that wrap around my mind until it is cocooned like a spider trapping a fly, but these are no silken threads, no these are perceptions and experiences wrapped in half truths, lies and deception and wrong belief about our glorious Father and the work of His Son and Spirit.
The subtlety of the enemy is quite amazing, a little untruth here, a little there, some experiences of apparent injustice and seeds are sown. Before long they germinate and begin to take root, they grow into trees and forests in our minds, sucking life from every experience and polluting our minds and hearts with skewed perception. They transmit and reaffirm the lies, reminding of experience, reminding of your right to justice.
But this is not our destiny, to live trapped in a darkened forest of thinking. There is an axe of hope, of belief in the great and marvellous promises of the Father, and verses such as that which I quoted to begin with remind me of who it is that is making the promise. A cheque is only as good as the name who guarantees the money. A promise is only as good as the one who makes it. Character is everything. Here we have one who is unable or unwilling to break a promise, He is faithful to the end, He is faithful to his word. His word and truth are of a greater reality than any other situation that we face, despite apparent contradictions. We must, no, I must take hold of the truth and reckon it in my situation. Declare and hold on despite what my experiences are saying. Where the lies have grown into forests, the truth is the axe that fells the trees. The truth of his word plants seeds of a different order. Trees of life and hope that welcome light into our soul and cause life to spring in even the darkest of places.
He is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think…it strikes a note and war begins. For the truth is that my Father can and wants to do abundantly more than all we ask or think. The war between lies and truth begins – believe a lie and empower the liar. Believe the truth and grace will come to you. There is a moment in the middle where I can waiver between two options, but it is a step of faith that says ‘I know his word to be true’, and in that moment life comes and I find that I begin to wake. For the deception of the enemy, his lies, are like a drug that lulls me into a hypnotic sleep, awake on the outside but asleep within, blind to the effects of the world. His truth however is sobering and invigorating, pumping life through my very veins and I believe I can be who I am meant to be.
And so I come back to the words, ‘He is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think’ and let them rest in my heart and accomplish all that they are meant to.