Beloved, we are given overwhelming confidence as we take to heart the powerful promise revealed in Philippians 4:13 “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.”
Believers, I want to encourage you as well as inspire you to arise and take a bold stand for Christ and His kingdom. I can tell you with great confidence that the very best days of the people of God are right before us¾not behind us!
Recently, Jesus Christ said to me, “Bobby, I give you My personal permission to attempt to exaggerate what I am about to do!” Amazed by this, I asked Him for a Scripture reference. The Lord Jesus promptly answered, “No problem!” and spoke these verses from Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Consider the Message Bible's version of this Scripture:
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.
God can do anything (see Genesis 18:14). And what's more, our mighty King has outstanding plans for each and every one of us, plans that are more wonderful and sure than we could "ever imagine or guess or request"! The Lord assures us in 1 Corinthians 2:9 that, “No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has in store for those who love the Lord.”
God’s spectacular plans for you are only for your good (see Jeremiah 29:11). Even if you are facing great hardship, take heart (see Romans 8:28)! We have His precious promises as our comfort, joy and security. No matter what trial you are experiencing¾in your health, finances, marriage, children or with your loved ones¾God has unimaginably great blessings in store for you as you simply turn to Jesus, to His Spirit within you and His living Word. We know that each and every one of His promises are true¾and His Word promises a certain, divine turnaround. All heaven and earth may pass away, but God's Word never fails you.
Beloved saints, God desires to take you to new levels of victory in every area of your life. The Lord Jesus Christ wants to give you more of His wisdom so you can make better decisions (see James 1:5). He longs to give you a stronger anointing so you can have greater influence for the Kingdom (see Psalms 92:10). The Lord also wants to bless you financially so you can be a blessing to others (see 2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
I urge you, dear believer: don’t get stuck in the same old ruts of fear and unbelief. Make up your mind to cast all your cares and burdens upon Christ (see Matthew 11:28-30). Submit to the God of peace, resist these demons and they will flee from you (see James 4:7). Instead of receiving fear and unbelief, receive His precious promises as rock-solid truths and begin to act accordingly, rejoicing and giving thanks that your Father is certainly doing "exceedingly more" than you can even imagine. The Lord Jesus Christ is inviting you to lift your vision up and above your circumstances and situations to fix your eyes on Him and His Word (see Psalms 55:22). As we do this, beloved, we can expect to see the glory of God fill the entire earth!
Above all else, accept His invitation to come up higher (see Revelation 4:1-2) by focusing on Christ your Redeemer, Deliverer and Healer, not your difficulties. God has new frontiers of the spirit for you to explore and higher mountains of faith to climb.
There is so much more to life in Christ than we can ever imagine! In His Presence we find true fulfillment and lasting joy (see Psalms 16:11).