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Devotional - week of November 3, 2002


KNOW YOUR AVAILABLE POWER

[I pray] that you may know … what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe … Ephesians 1:18b-19a

In order to experience our available power, we must know what power is obtainable. Paul describes this power in Ephesians 1:19-21.

He first describes the measure of the power we may have. It is:

… according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ … Ephesians 1:19b-20a

Paul then writes that the power available to believers is the same power of God that raised Jesus from the dead and enthroned Him in the heavenlies. He begins in Ephesians 1:20b with:

… when He raised Him from the dead …

Paul enlarges on the power expressed in Jesus and available to us:

… and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places … Ephesians 1:20c

Verse 21 further describes the power of enthronement as placing Jesus:

… far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

By knowing our available power and by continuing to believe and choose our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, we experience resurrection and enthronement power.

Resurrection and enthronement power enables us to “wrestle” effectively from our enthroned position “against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness” far below us. In Ephesians 6:12 Paul writes:

we … wrestle … against principalities … powers … the rulers of the darkness of this age … spiritual hosts of wickedness … in the heavenly places.

Paul’s prayer is that we “may know” this power.