The Power of God

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead.” —Ephesians 1:18–20

God has incomparably great power in store for those who believe, the same power He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead. In other words, the sky is the limit when it comes to the display of God’s mighty strength in your life.

The usual word for God’s power in the Greek New Testament is dunamis, from which we get the word “dynamite.” What a display of God’s dynamite power it would be if, let’s say, people in wheelchairs, like me, were raised up. Such explosive miracles would be a powerful witness of the mighty strength of God.

But wait. We also get the word “dynamo” for dunamis. A dynamo is just as strong as dynamite, and maybe more so. But the power of a dynamo isn’t as obvious. Its power is quiet, controlled, and steady, unlike the explosive “bang” you get from sticks of dynamite. This is the kind of inward power that is displayed by God in the lives of saintly Christians who may never experience a rising up out of their suffering, believers who may never know an outward miracle.

It takes God’s power to be a faithful spouse, a conscientious parent, or a responsible office worker. If you’re struggling, remember that His power for you is incomparably great. If the Father could raise His Son from the dead, He can raise you above your circumstances.

Lord, by Your power, I ask You to do dynamo miracles on the inside of me and, as You see fit, dynamite miracles on the outside.

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