He is Immeasurably More
I guess when you consider what it means to believe God or to trust God so that Christ can dwell in your hearts, that has got to come down to something really practical. What does it mean to really believe God or really trust God? That was particularly looking at verses 20 and 21 [of Ephesians]:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ever 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 forever and ever, amen.”
In a practical way, I think, when you consider what does it mean that Christ would dwell in our hearts through faith--that the life of God would be manifest in us more and more, supernatural life would flow, rivers of living water would gush from us. Not just our brain saying things or our hands and feet doing good deeds, but something that’s supernatural that could make a flower bloom where there was none. That kind of supernatural life is the power of Christ working within us. But what does that mean, “He dwells in us through faith,” to really believe God, to really trust God so that He makes His home in us? A little bit of that at least is in [Ephesians] 20 and 21:
“To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine...”
Part of what it means that Christ would make His home in our hearts because we have faith, because we really trust Him, is to believe that whatever you can think of, whatever you can ask, whatever you can imagine in your wildest dreams, He’s able to do immeasurably more than that. That’s a very practical thing because when someone’s sick, you make a choice of how you’re going to pray for them, how you’re going to look at it. When someone is doing poorly spiritually, when someone is an impossible person to deal with, or a child that’s very difficult to raise, Christ dwells in your hearts by faith. He makes His home in your heart by believing Him, by trusting Him, which at least one aspect of that is believing that this is not a problem for God.
And I really believe that with all my heart. This impossible situation is not too hard for God because if I can imagine this could be better or different, if I could imagine this person that’s deathly ill could be raised up in total wholeness; this person that’s lame could leap and dance; this person that’s blind could see; this person that’s dead could be raised back to life. If I can imagine that, knowing full well that all those things have already happened. It’s not like it’s never even happened before anyway. Walking on water--it’s already happened! What’s the big deal? We’re not creating new territory here. This is historical fact. But whatever we could ask for or imagine, whatever is historical fact and things way beyond anything that’s ever happened previously, to ask or imagine those things and then believing that He can do immeasurably beyond that and being confident of that.
That’s part of how Christ manifests Himself in our hearts. That’s part of how He makes His home in our hearts. That’s part of how supernatural life streams out of us to create a flower out of the desert, to water the arid and dry places, as Ezekiel says. The rivers that flow to the four corners of the earth and make the desert bloom, through you. That happens because He makes His home, the Creator makes His home in your heart, and He makes His home in your heart by your trust of Him.
And part of what it means to have faith or trust in Him is to know that whatever you could ask for or imagine, whatever in your wildest dreams you can believe that’s good and holy and righteous and true and wonderful and testifies of His greatness and His power and His love that He could do immeasurably beyond that. That’s not a problem. And with every fiber of our being we’re confident of that. There’s peace that, yes, He’s able. He can. Messiah has come. The Redeemer lives. He’s risen from the dead.
“To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ever ask for or imagine, according to the power that’s at work within us.”
Now there’s an interesting thing, “the power that is at work within us.” That’s part of letting Him make His home in us is believing that it’s not just His power manifest--like Him throwing lightening bolts down, Him doing this thing and doing that thing, and we’re going to pray from afar that He would do that thing over there. But it’s His power that’s powerfully working within us.
In other words, you have to believe that He intends to use you to do miracles. To change lives. To do the impossible things. To manifest the Redeemer’s life and love and power and liberty and strength and perseverance and stability in every situation. That His character can be manifest in you no matter how bad it is, no matter how hard your day has been, no matter how difficult the task, no matter how sick or how limited you are in any shape or form.
To believe that He’s able to do immeasurably more than anything you could ever dream of in your wildest dreams. Anything you’ve ever seen anybody else do; you’ve ever heard anybody else doing; you’ve ever read in your bible anyone else has ever done. To believe that He’s able to do immeasurably more than that. Not just do it, but do it through you. That’s the way He makes His home in our heart is to have faith and trust that He’s able to do immeasurably more by His power that’s at work within you.
That’s the faith that allows Him to do those things is to believe that He can and He wants to and He will through anyone who believes. How many have rivers of living water gushing from the inner man to make flowers bloom in the desert? To all who believe is the way Jesus put it. That’s not some special thing way out there for superheroes or biblical characters. That’s for all who believe.
And He makes His home in our hearts, each of our hearts, and He dwells in us richly and manifests supernatural life through all who totally and confidently believe He’s able to do immeasurably more than anything they’ve ever read about, they’ve ever thought about, they’ve ever asked for, they’ve ever seen anybody else do. He’s able to do immeasurably more than that by His power that’s at work within you, within me. That’s the practical outworking of this thing is to really honestly, sincerely, from the bottom of your heart, with a big smile inside of your heart--to believe that His word is true and He rose from the dead and these are His desires. This is His passion. This is His heartbeat.
He goes on to say, just to make it even more clear: “To Him be glory in the Church.” Not just now, but for all generations, for infinity on for a trillion, trillion years let glory be manifested. “Well, I thought the church was just until we all die and go to heaven, the mansion over the hilltop.” No. The church and Christ Jesus, it said, let there be glory manifested. Let the glory of God, the life of God, the power of God, the love of God, the wisdom of God, the graciousness of God, the temperance and patience and all the stability and strength and power of God, let that be manifested in glory now and forever and forever in the church and in Christ Jesus. There is an “and” in there. It’s in both things, in the Bride of Christ and in the Groom. Let the glory of God be manifest in both of them throughout all generations forever and ever and ever. Amen.
And all of that starts in that one place--to believe that He is who He said He is and to believe that He lives and He reigns to conquer the enemy, to humiliate His foes, to destroy the natural flesh, to destroy the Newtonian laws, to destroy everything that hinders man and is controlled by the flesh and by mathematics and all the things that are in men’s minds, and to glorify God as God now and forevermore. In the church and in Christ Jesus, now and forevermore.
And that begins by believing with every fiber of your being that His plan and His heart and His mind has always been the treasure in earthen vessels to manifest supernatural life in mortal flesh that has your name and your footprint. That has your IQ and your personality. That has your eyesight and your speech. And whatever you have, whatever your history might have been, no matter what your flaws have been, no matter what your pain and anguish and failures have been, no matter what your abuse has been earlier or present or future. It makes no difference. There’s nothing binding this whatsoever. Not your IQ, not your hurt and pain, not your failures, not your weaknesses. There’s nothing binding this whatsoever except how much you believe that God is God and that He wants to dwell in you.
And whatever you can ask for or imagine, multiply it times a thousand. So I’d encourage us all to ask for a lot, and imagine immense miracles because He’s already promised to go way past whatever we’re willing to imagine. The bigger you imagine, the farther He’s going to go, because that’s His promise. Amen?
I’ll just read that whole passage in this translation: “For this reason (you can see Paul’s excitement leading up to what we just read), for this reason, I kneel before the Father from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches, He may strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and how long, how high and how deep is the love of Christ, and to know that this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (You may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God Himself.) Now to Him who’s able to do immeasurably more than all we could ever ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and glory in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph. 3:14-21)