I am currently sitting in beautiful Florida and contemplating the last few years. Exactly six years agoI was here, in this same resort in the same town at the same time. I had just found a lump in my breast - a lump that I assumed at the time was cancer, but would not confirm until I returned home to New York. So, for the time I was on vacation, away from the frigid northern weather and the hustle and bustle of work and family and church, I tried to relax and trust the Lord...it didn’t work all that well...
If I had only known then what I know now.
Two scripture verses keep playing over and over in my head. But before I share them, let’s have a brief Greek lesson (according to the Strong’s Concordance:)
Hyper - above, beyond, exceeding, superior to
Perissos - superabundant, superior, excessive, beyond measure
Dynamis - force, miraculous power, abundance, mighty (wonderful) work
Energeo - to be active, effectual, efficient
Energeia - efficiency, strong working
Hyberballo - to throw beyond the usual mark, to surpass
Megethos - magnitude, greatness
Ischys - ability, force, strength, might
Kratos - vigor, dominion, power, strength, might
Ok, are you ready for the verses?
Ephesians 1:19 - (That you may know) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power
Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Now let’s plug in the Greek:
Ephesians 1:19 - (That you may know) And what is the hyperballo megethos of his dynamis to us-ward who believe, according to the energeia of his ischys kratos...
The Amplified Bible says it this way:
...and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength
Isn't that incredible? I don't know if it would ever be possible to know something that is immeasurable, unlimited and surpassing! Now for the next verse...
Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto him that is able to do hyper perissos hyper all that we ask or think, according to the dynamis that energeo in us.
And in the Amplified:
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,
I weep as I write this, because the Lord has done this in my life! He has far surpassed anything that I could’ve thought or imagined six years ago! He has turned my mourning into dancing. He has perfected His strength in my weakness. He has poured out his abundant love, amazing grace, and unending mercy on me. And I sit here in Florida amazed at the abundant, exceeding, beyond measure, unlimited power that He has worked and is working in my life! Praise be to God!