God is Able

This is something that has been on my mind since we sang “God is Able” by Hillsong at church on Sunday morning.  The first part of the chorus says, “Lifted up, He defeated the grave; raised to life, our God is able.”  I began to think…

Wow.  If our God is able to defeat the grave- to be raised from the dead to live again- if He has that immense power, is there anything He can’t do??  Heal?  He can.  Save a loved one who others think is hopelessly lost?  He can.  Provide your needs?  He can.  Give you peace in the midst of a tough situation?  He can.

I know as Christians we have been raised our whole lives to say “My God can do anything” and “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:16), but do we really live that way?  Do we have the faith and trust to believe that when we pray BIG prayers, God is able to meet that need and that He will, if it fits in His perfect will?  Maybe you are reading this saying “well duh, yes, I do have that faith” and if you do, kudos to you.  Doubt has always been my biggest struggle.  Well, I don’t necessarily struggle with the first part.  Yes, I believe God can meet all my needs, but I guess it’s the “believing He will” part that doesn’t come as easily for me.  What a shame that is!  I have put God in a tiny little box praying for Him to meet my needs, but not really trusting that He will.  At the beginning of this year, Brock and I chose a scripture to be “our scripture” for the year to pray for our little (growing) family.  Philippians 4:19- “And my God will meet all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  He will.  The end.  So why do I find myself wondering how we are going to afford all the things our baby needs?  I have to remind myself that God gave us this baby at this time because it was His plan and that He will provide for our little angel.  I have no idea where it’s going to come from, but He does.  He has a plan that far exceeds my crummy little plan.

Maybe you’re reading this and you’re like me.  Maybe you pray little prayers because you’re too afraid to be disappointed if He doesn’t meet your big prayers.  Maybe you pray the big prayers, but don’t really trust that He will meet them.  I encourage you to meditate on scriptures like these below and songs like “God is Able”.  Memorize them.  Repeat them any time doubt tries to creep into your mind.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
 -Ephesians 3:20-21

“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 and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms…”
 -Ephesians 1:18-20

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
 -Matthew 6:33

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
 -Philippians 4:19

“If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” 
-Exodus 15:26

“Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” 
-Luke 8:48

“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;  save me and I will be saved,  for you are the one I praise.”
 -Jeremiah 17:14

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 
-Philippians 4:7

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