Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us
Today we’re talking about the first part to this series, “On Purpose.” The first point that I want you to understand is that you can’t believe in God and coincidences at the same time. You can’t believe that God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (everywhere at all times), and yet still believe that God is limited by probability and mishaps. There are no mistakes with Him. There’s nothing in your life that has happened or will happen that is by mistake. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly ABOVE all that we ask or think. The word exceedingly means extremely, and the word abundantly means in large quantities, and above means in an extended space or at a higher level that can’t be met. Think about the greatest, most extravagant, most powerful idea that you can think about and then imagine God being able to do more than that. You probably can’t which is why we trust God. We place our faith in Him because we come to understand that we don’t understand anything at all compared to Him! We come to believe that God is more than capable of running our lives so we begin to trust Him with every aspect of ourselves, our dreams, our goals, etc.
When good things happen we believe “this must be God!” But when bad things happen, we believe in the lie that we must’ve done something wrong to deserve this. We believe in the lie that it’s the big, bad devil that’s out to get us. Understand this − the devil is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour − but don’t give him too much credit in your life! You must change your perception. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” When things happen in your life and they go in a way that you didn’t plan or you dislike, know that all things are done on purpose. You must change your thinking to the things of God so you can prove whether or not what you’re dealing with is according to the good and acceptable and PERFECT will of God for your life.
You can test your situation with these questions:
- Is this good to me or for me according to God’s definition of good or the world’s definition?
- Is this acceptable to God? (Would God or is God being glorified in my decisions?)
- Is this perfect for me? (Is this God’s will or my desire?)
- Am I willing to sacrifice my desires for God’s will?
- Do I believe that God loves me enough to have a perfect plan for my life?
Ask yourself these five questions when you’re faced with difficulties in your life. Life is a series of decisions that are made and we, as kingdom people, want to make sure that all of our decisions align with God’s purpose for our lives. Know this: not every good decision is a God-decision. God moves in purpose on purpose. His ways are better and His thoughts are higher, so you must transform your mind and change your perception. God doesn’t abide by the ways of the world. God doesn’t care about the norm or what culture and society are doing because He’s ABOVE that. He’s not going to change and take a conventional approach just because it makes sense to you. He’s going to change your mind and heart so that you will understand how every part of your life is happening on purpose. Things happen on purpose with the purpose of knowing Him better, knowing how He will move in your situation, and understanding the power that works in you through Him.