Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Ability of God in Us

Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. (Romans 14:4)

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient [able] as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:11-16)
When we are accountable to God as His servant, He is able to keep us from falling and to cause us to stand. For it is He who makes us able ministers of the new covenant made in Jesus' blood, to minister the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ to others. He has made every provision for us so that we can stand against the schemes and devices of the devil, to stand strong even in the midst of evil, and to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one — everything the enemy throws against us — with the shield of faith.

All of these are the ability of God at work in us, because He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power [His power] that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).