September 2017

Can You Only Imagine?

One day I was in prayer and I heard the sweet voice of Jesus speak to my heart to read Ephesians 3. As I read through the book of Ephesians 3 and I landed on verse 20, “now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us”.   Then again, I heard the sweet voice of Jesus say to me, “stop and think about what you are asking for.” This was already getting deep for me. I mean, I just asked you Lord and now you want me to think about it? Well, what does it mean to “think” anyway? It means to IMAGINE! Yes! God wants us to use our imagination. After all, He is the ONE who gave it to us.

As I hurried off to my daydreaming, I used my imagination to actually imagine what my promise looked like. You know, that thing you’ve been praying about. For me, I had a list made out! Because when I dive in the Word, I find there is more treasure than just one ruby. I made a list out for me, my whole family, my church, my dog, my neighbor, my co-workers etc.   By nature, I am naturally gullible. This can be good and bad. Thank God for discernment. But on the flip side, I just believe God and I believe what His Word says about me. If He says it, I believe it, no questions asked!

As I imagined the possibilities, I quickly got overwhelmed by God’s presence and thought to my self, REALLY GOD? I knew within my self, none of what I was imagining could happen. But when I began to think on the possibilities I could feel hope and faith grow on the inside of me. As I imagined, and thought about my promise, here are just a few things God showed me.

Ephesians 3:7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of His POWER.  

Ephesians 3:16-18 That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with POWER through His Spirit in your inner being.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or (imagine) think according to the POWER at work within us.  

Watch this! The word according means: to be in perfect agreement with, harmonious union of sounds, to grant or bestow, settlement of questions.   And notice this, after each time you see the word “according” you will see there is something that God wants to give us. I have underlined that for you so you can see it like I did. Then you will notice the words that are italicized are all connected to the promise. Which is pointing to the POWER that lives in us.

Then it hit me, and I was really blown away by what the Lord showed me.

Number 1: He said to me, “If you can IMAGINE it, I can DO it.”

Number 2: If I am in full agreement with God’s Word to accept the grace that has been given to me, then He will establish me.

Number 3: If the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart are in agreement with the riches of His glory, then I will have the inner strength I need to handle the promise.

My dear friends, God’s heart toward us is kind, merciful and giving. He wants to do good things for us. He laid down His life for us. In Ephesians 1: 17-19 it says that the Father of glory gives me the Spirit of wisdom and the revelation in the knowledge of HIM, having the eyes of my heart enlightened, that I may know what is the hope to which He has called me, and what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (that’s you and me), and what is the immeasurable greatness of His POWER towards me, in which I believe, according to the working of His great might (His POWER) that He worked In Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand……Ephesians 2:6 says that He has raised ME up with Him and I am seated with HIM in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

In other words, the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, lives in me, breathes in me, operates in me, moves in me, dreams in me, and imagines in me! When I get the revelation of this, and my eyes are open, there is no room for negative talk, negative thinking, doubt, discouragement, unbelief, pity, victim mentality, mediocrity, or worldly living.

I don’t know about you, but I need a miracle from God. I believe, I see, and I imagine by the grace of God and the working of His Power in me, there is a miracle with my name on it! With a grateful heart, and no time limits or demands put on God by expectations, I will continue to walk towards my promise, lean in to His promises, on my tip toes with anticipation, on the edge of my seat with godly expectation, and believe with all that is within me that HE IS ABLE TO DO FAR MORE than I could ever imagine.

#tellsomebody #godisgood #onlybelieve

Janet Swanson is the worship pastor at CrossRoads Community Church where her husband, Cary is the Senior Pastor. Janet is an ordained minister in the Church of God. She serves on the SGA Women’s Ministries Board.

In addition to her musical talent, Janet is a fervent preacher and teacher of the Word. She is the author of One Voice and recently made a healing and prayer CD “Near to the Broken” for those who are grieving or experiencing loss of some kind. Janet and Cary have been married for 28 years and have three sons (Reed, Rhett, and Ryan).  Her family is her total devotion and greatest passion.