Marie’s daily verse: James 3:17-18But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. NIV

DAILY DEVOTION, May 19, 2022

and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places… (Ephesians 1:19-20).

The above verses are part of a long sentence. Paul prays that we might know certain things. First, he prays that we will know the “exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.” God’s power is at work in those who believe. God’s power is not only great; it exceeds greatness. It is the same power that was at work in the life of Jesus. Faith in Jesus leads to a new birth, a birth wrought by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence.

Second, that power raised Jesus from the dead. He then ascended to heaven, where He now sits at the Father’s right hand. Think about it. The same power at work in Jesus is at work in us. That does not mean that we will be able to do the things that Jesus did. But, it does mean that conversion is brought about by the exceeding greatness of the power of the Holy Spirit. It means that as we face life each day, we can rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to be with us, giving us the strength and the answers we need. That power is available to us by faith. The Holy Spirit can be resisted, even quenched. However, as we live by faith, God’s mighty power is available to us. 

Father, how great thou art! May my heart be open to Your presence and power at work within me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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