“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”

– John 15:5, 7 NIV

The significance of what Ephesians 3:20 proclaims with regard to God doing immeasurably more than what we can ask or imagine is it refers to the power we allow to work within us. God doesn’t need us to do anything miraculous outside of us, because God is greater than us. But in order to encounter what God proclaims and promises in His word, in relation to experiencing the fullness of life Christ came for us to have, we must let His power work within us. In order to allow God’s power to work within me to encounter the immeasurably more He proclaims and promises, I must be willing to invest quality quiet time with Him in His word.

What would be the greater manifestation of God’s miraculous power: a) something God does around/outside of me, or b) something God does within me that transforms me and increases the intimacy between myself and Him? People who have no faith see the former every day, but those who desire the latter have an intimate, personal encounter with God that others will never know without faith in Christ. The blessed man in Psalm 1 delighted in God’s law and meditated on it and we can see in John 15 Jesus is reiterating the significance of the intimate relationship in association with God’s word. Jesus repeats the refrain of remaining in Him and in His word in verses 4-5 and 7 and 9 of John 15 that tells me He is trying to emphasize the priority and process by which real prosperity is achieved in a faith relationship with God.

In the beginning (see Genesis 1:25-27) God declared that being made in His image and likeness required us to be fruitful and we were given authority to do so. In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul reveals the fruit of the Spirit, the character of Jesus Christ and nature of God’s person. Apart from Jesus Christ, we are incapable of producing these qualities (love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, patience, self-control, meekness and faithfulness), or develop them in increasing measure. God’s grace is His supernatural empowerment that equips, enables and empowers the believer to be progressive, productive and prosperous in living to the fullest potential of who they have been ordained to be in Jesus Christ while displaying the quality of Christ’s character to influence and inspire others to receive Christ. This is accomplished by God’s power (His word and His Spirit) at work within us according to Ephesians 3:20.

May God bless you and help you to experience His supernatural power to help you walk in the authority and anointing of His word and Spirit to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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