Ephesians 3:20 “…unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…”.
There’s a hymn (not in our book) that says, “God is able to make Samuels… Daniels… Pauls …Timothys” – many are mentioned because they have allowed God to work, despite their limitations.
Through their willingness the work of God was seen by others.
It is the same today, if we are willing.
We have our human nature and the enemy of our soul, but God is able to do a work greater than any other work.
“God is able, and can do exceedingly abundantly”.
God is interested to work in us, just as He was in those others, but our own thoughts can restrict this work.
God is able to settle and comfort us.
Other people can bring a settled feeling and comfort us, but not as much as God can do.
When we feel we can’t, God can step in, because He is able.
Hebrews 2:17-18 “…in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest… for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
He is able to help them that are tempted; because of this we have an understanding Saviour who was Himself tempted.
He knew Himself the weaknesses of man.
Hebrews 7:25 “…he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them”.
When willing, we prove what He is able to do for us.
This is a safe feeling, for nothing and no one is beyond God.
Colossians 1:4-6 “Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which… bringeth forth fruit… and… grace of God in truth”.
The Gospel has come with hope and grace.
V.19 “in him should all fullness dwell.
V.23 “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel”.
There is much hope in this chapter; don’t be distracted from the hope of the Gospel.
It starts in the hope of the Gospel, full of joy, and doesn’t grow old, but becomes deeper.
Matt 5 – I read this in the light of being full of good news.
Feeling our need is a good thing, because we are not independent.
Mourning is because something is lost; have we lost our joy, peace or faith?
With mourning we feel comfort for our need.
When we know our Father has heard prayer, it’s comfort.
We have a thirst to go back to what is in the Word of God.
Society is becoming lower [in its standards], but there is still righteousness [to be found].
If we are not merciful we won’t receive mercy.
If we’re not forgiving, we won’t receive forgiveness.
Peacemakers are what God’s children are.
Daniel’s friends would not bow to the standards around them; they had faith and were settled in their purpose.
They were the salt of the earth.
Salt has many uses: it can melt ice [things which are cold, unfeeling], it can put out fires, help with healing and cleansing, enhances flavour in food, to bring out the best – not humanly, but divinely.
We can face difficult experiences, but we can move on.
There is satisfaction with going to God and leaving it to Him.
Ideally we would do kindness and receive it; God will never disappoint us.
Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill”.
It would be wonderful if it was said of us that we were willing for the will of God.
The disciples saw that Jesus had God’s approval.
We learn by our mistakes, and God can give us power over these things.
Matthew 5:37 “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” – mean what you say; be honest, as God is with us.
Appreciate the love of God in sending the Gospel – there is everything to gain in the hope of the Gospel.