by E. A. Wilson

Ephesians 3:14, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (15) Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (16) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; (17) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (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, (21) Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

It Might Have Been...

There's high places, or notable days and times, which are prophesied of and talked about in the Bible. There's a greater and notable day of the Lord ahead of every one of us -- the day of final judgment. I want us to realize that we're not only to be judged for what we have done, but also for what we could have done.

If we ever have a real revival, there's two things which must happen; one, we'll have to see God greater, mightier, and more terrible than we're seeing Him; two, we must see ourselves as we really are, as God looks upon us. It stirs me deeply when I begin to realize that I'm going to face a judgment where I'll be judged, not only for what I have done, but also for what I could have done. Oh, what could've been done, what sacrifice could've been made, how much more time could've been spent in prayer, or how many more tears could've fallen from my eyes if I'd been more sincere in what I wanted to see come to pass? How many more souls could've been won? Thank God for what's being done, but if we're true Christians, we'll never be satisfied with ourselves. If we're satisfied with what we're doing, we're in bad shape already.

A poet has said that the saddest words of tongue or pen are these four words: it might have been. What could have been done in place of what was done? Verse 20 of our Scripture text says, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…" The Apostle Paul's letting us (the Church) know that there's resources in God, which we've never touched. They were there then and they're still there today.

The spirit of the age is one, which tries to curb the mind of man, making us feel that we're in a day when God does less than He's ever done. Preachers will get up and say, "Back in the days of miracles, back when God used to heal the body, back when people used to shout, or back when God filled people until they ran the aisles." The big move on is to minimize God and make us feel that He doesn't work today, that He's not as powerful today, or that we can't get hold of Him today.

Anoint Thine Eyes...

Brother, I'm here to tell you that there's resources, which have never been touched. You can bring up anybody whom God used in a mighty way, and I'll take the Bible and prove to you that He can do more with a man today, if He can get a man (or a woman) to sell out to Him as completely as He desires. If we ever see a mighty moving of God's power, we're going to have to get our eyes anointed. Revelation 3:18 tells us, "…anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest sec." That's exactly what God wants to do for the Church today, anoint our eyes so that we can see.

What do we mean by 'see?' Well, 2 Peter, Chapter 1, contains a long list of Christian qualities, and then he said, "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and can't see afar off…" (verse 9). The things, which are seen with the natural eye, temporal things, are close to us, but the things of faith are afar off -- we can only see them when our eyes are anointed. I pray that God will help us to get rid of those things, which keep us from seeing spiritual things, mighty things and powerful things.

The natural man looks and says, "You're a fool. There's nothing there," but the man who has his eyes anointed says, "I can see it!" We need our understanding touched afresh, and we need our eyes anointed. We need to be able to see God and the resources of God beyond anything that man has touched. He has spiritual wealth, which has never been discovered, and He has untapped power that He put in reserve for 2007, to pour out upon the Church today. God's able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. My friend, we need to see the vast resources, which God has laid to our account. God has deposited power in our account; all we have to do is, by faith, write the check and put it in the name of Jesus.

Let us read Ephesians 1: 18, "The eyes of your understanding [or the Greek version says, "the eyes of your heart"] being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints." When Jesus Christ comes into us, the very inheritance that belonged to Jesus Christ is ours also. That inheritance is in the saints. Too many believe that it's in God, in the Bible, or in the Holy Ghost, but how many believe it is in the saints?

Infinite Ability...

Let's now consider verse 20 of our Scripture text, "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." Paul turns the vast resource and lays them to our account. Paul was dazzled, overwhelmed, and made speechless by the infinite capacity of God to transcend our own mortal prayer beyond even our imagination, beyond things that we could even imagine.

When we preach on this, we can preach on holiness. There's people who don't even think that God can save them and keep them from sin. I'm here to tell you, if we could even pull together the thought that God could keep us holy and righteously right in this world, He's able to do exceeding abundantly beyond that thought. Paul didn't know what to say. He saw God so great and mighty, and he wanted the Church to get a vision of this. He just heaped words together, trying to tell us what God can do, if we'll look to Him and put our trust in Him and really believe Him.

Friend, if we're going to do strong praying, we must have a deep sense of our need and a strong hope of supply. There's no need of praying if we don't, down inside, really believe the thing's going to happen. We must have a deep sense of need where we get right down to 'bedrock' with God, "Lord, we need this; we must have this." We should pray, "Lord, what can I do to help to bring it to pass? I'm willing to lay aside food. I want to see it come to pass." Then we must have a strong hope of having our need supplied.

We can have that strong hope. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:19, "But my God, [He is ours too] shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Too many people become confused here. They think that He's going to do it according to this or according to that. No, He is going to do it according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus, or through Christ Jesus. When we begin to think about praying, in order to move God on His throne, let's make sure that we have a deep sense of need and a strong hope of supply of that need.

So, He's able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Now, we can't even comprehend all. There's not a person in the world, that knows what 'all' means. Why? ALL is an infinite word. Well, He is able to do exceeding abundantly above 'all.' That's getting beyond our mental grasp; we can't even understand all. We've never had all of any- thing in our life. All is beyond finite language. Then, Paul just adds "above" onto that. We can't even realize all, and He's able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can even get a thought about, let alone ask it.

Nature Tells the Story...

At this point, Paul probably threw down his pen and said, "It's no use. I've used every word that I can put together, and God's greater than that. I've climbed to the very highest rung on the ladder that languages and vocabularies will take me. If only I could borrow Jacob's ladder, I would climb up to Heaven and try to find out for you what God's able to do. When I get up there, Gabriel would say, 'God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you could ask or think."'

We don't have to look around too much to prove that. We see that God's ability is way beyond us in nature, or natural things. Thank God for what man has been able to do in his thinking and in his imagination. He comes up with mighty and beautiful works. Take the artist for an example. He paints the rose or some other beautiful flower. Another artist takes wax and makes a beautiful flower, but just carry in one of God's real ones -- they'll put theirs in a box. Mark it down, no matter how great the imagination of mind ever gets, God's able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think.

Just let God bring us the warm spring weather, and the violets begin to appear. When the natural beauty of those flowers begin to shine forth, the waxen artist will pick up his tools and walk away. Why? He'll tell you that he can't compete with God. Man's been able to bring materials together and build some beautiful things. They've made some arches of real beauty, and when we look upon them, we're carried away in ecstasy, "My, what beauty, what greatness!" Then, when a little shower comes while the sun's shining, God puts His 'arch' clear across the sky -- He's able to do exceeding abundantly above. Man can only get his brush out and try to copy the color while it's there.

God wants this text as a refrain, or chorus, to every petition. When we bring the petitions, real needs or great needs, before God, the enemy will be right there to withstand us. He doesn't want us to get what we stand in need of. He does a 'great work,' by hindering us, and he takes glory away from God by hindering you and me from receiving. God wants this verse to be a refrain in our prayer, "He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think."

Abundant Pardon...

Let's consider the spiritual side, concerning pardon from sin. When people are deep in sin, the devil works in two ways. He works on the youth and tells them, "You're not going very far. You can turn back anytime. It won't be far back to Father's house," but the whole idea is to keep us "out there" a while. He doesn't have to keep us there very long until he starts telling us, "You've gone too far. There's no pardon for you. There's no help or hope for you."

Friend, I want us to see what God can do today. Suppose we come to Him and ask for pardon and apply the words of our Scripture text. We can't really understand, lay hold of, or conceive God's notion of pardon; it's beyond us, but it's for us. These things that are exceeding abundantly above that which we can ask or think, are real. Even though they're beyond us, they're for us; we can have them. When we go to God with a real need, let's own our need and confess our sin in old-time repentance, He'll pardon us. It'll be a pardon beyond that which we can understand.

The best we can do is think of our own thoughts. We talk about how we were in the prison house of sin and how we were forgiven and pardoned, but our thoughts hold us within a 'web of thinking,' of how man pardons. When a man gets pardoned from a literal prison, they sign a pardon, but he carries a record. That's man's pardon, but it's not so with God. Isaiah 55:7, tells us, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." This's a different kind of pardon. When man pardons sin, it's still on the record and still held against you. It's a mark that you have to 'live down,' but when God pardons you, it's just like it never happened. He buries it in the 'sea of forgetfulness,' removes it as far as the east is from the west, never to be remembered against you again. As far as God's concerned, it never happened.

People don't understand this; it's beyond their thinking. This's why they stand aghast at a sinner, whom they know has been in degrees of sin, disgraced his life, and shed an influence against the cause of God -- when he comes to an altar of prayer in old-time repentance and is regenerated through the power of the Holy Spirit and made a new creature. It's hard for them to understand that he can be free.

God abundantly pardons and goes beyond that. If we want to have a good revival and see people saved, we're going to have to show mercy. One of the ways for us to show mercy, is for us to stop and think for a little, on who we were. We weren't too much to brag about when we came to God. But because God so abundantly pardons, it's erased and we're set free from it; it doesn't trouble us any more. If we're not careful, our own human self will take advantage of that thought, and we'll begin living as though we were always good. Whenever we begin living that way, we'll have no mercy on someone else who needs help.

Low Spirituality Isn't Necessary...

Paul, writing to Titus, said: "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every, good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish [We've quit. If you haven't quit being foolish, don't glory. I still have shame 'come over me,' when I think of the foolish things I did when I was in sin], disobedient, deceived [If you were in sin, you were deceived], serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

"But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost [That's exactly what it takes to make up salvation]; Which he shed on us abundantly…" (Titus 3:1-6). Too many people think that God has a funnel with a very little hole, or an 'eyedropper.' However, He sheds the Holy Ghost on us abundantly, not only what we need, but far more than we need.

There's no need to not be spiritual. There's no reason for being powerless. God doesn't pour the Holy Spirit out in measure; He pours it out abundantly. What's abundantly? Filling you completely full and to running over, soaking you on the outside. Paul prayed in the Ephesian letter that they might be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). What does it mean to be filled? Too many people think that being full is just having enough to get by on. No, my friend, the word full as it's used here means "coming to an overflowing stage."

Study in the Old Testament about the Nile River. In its overflowing, it irrigates all the land around it. Many times, there was hardly enough water to cover the riverbed, but when they would get an outburst of rain, the river, being full, overflowed its banks and irrigated the area around it. That's just exactly what it means to be full of the fullness of God. He fills us to the place that there's an overflowing. God sheds His Spirit on us abundantly.

There's no need of being powerless and weak, when God pours His fullness on us so abundantly. Jesus said in John 10:10b, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Our Scripture text deals with exceeding abundantly; in other words, the power flows up, out, and over. Jesus told the woman at the well, "…but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up [within you] into everlasting life" (John 4:14). He said in John 7:38, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly [out of his life] shall flow rivers of living water." Consider that spring; it'll be a well of water within you. What kind of a well of water? -- An artesian well, springing up into everlasting life and rivers flowing out of our belly. Jesus taught of our experience of salvation as a spring and as rivers. Both of them are incalculable. You can measure the resources of a cistern or a reservoir, but who can measure the resources of a spring? This spring is springing up fuller, richer, and more abundantly.

There's a world 'out here,' just waiting to be fertilized with an overflow of our experience, but selfishness has hold of many to the place that they're thinking selfishly. Too many aren't thinking as God is thinking. They think, "If I could just have enough of the power of God to keep me from sinning," or, "If I could just have enough of the power of God to witness when He wants me to, I'd be satisfied." Those are not God's thoughts. God wants us to have enough of the power of God to 'wet everybody down' who's around us.

Divine Power Is Immeasurable...

You can't measure a spring. It's this spring-like quality of divine power, this immeasurable quality, that Paul's speaking of. We can bring vessels to a spring and keep on filling them until we've filled them all, and all we're doing is making the spring stronger. I pray, "Lord, make me a spring, where people just keep coming back and drinking." God's able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. We can't exhaust a spring. If it's a real spring that God has placed in the hillside, it'll be right there -- 'putting it out.'

If we don't want to accept a crystal spring, we'll go to the Bible. We can read in 2 Kings, about God's welfare program. A widow, whose husband had died, needed to get on welfare. She didn't have any support for herself or her sons. Her husband died -- leaving a lot of bills -- so she went to the prophet. (That is a good place to go. We have 'factories turning out preachers,' but there's not many prophets being turned out.)

She went to Elisha and said, "Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen" (11 Kings 4:1). According to the Law, they could take her two sons and put them in slavery to pay for her hills.

Elisha asked her: "What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy, neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

"So she went from him…and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There's not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest" (verses 2-7).

People look aghast when you preach such things. God has a hard time working when the believers don't even believe that God's able to do exceeding abundantly above that which we ask or think. The ability of God is beyond our prayer, our thoughts and our imagination. God's asking us to 'stretch out a little.' Someone may say, "I can't imagine such things." I know. That is what God is wanting you to do, stretch it out a little. He wants you to have a better imagination and stretch it out to some of the extreme sublimities offered in God's Word.

Think Positively...

Think, what's it actually possible for me to become (let your imagination go a little) in God's work? How many people's thoughts are, "Well, I don't guess I'll ever be anything but just maybe a prayer warrior, and support the cause." God's able to do with you exceeding, way beyond, abundantly above all that you can even ask or think.

Think for a moment of the great splendor of (real, true holiness in which we can live. We don't have to live an up-and-down, in-and-out battle with the devil every week. Don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying that the devil won't be there, but I am saying that we can put him down. God's able to help us to live in a way that sin won't have dominion over us. We can bruise Satan under our feet every time he comes around. Too many times, people get under Satan's feet, and he about tromps the life out of them. God is able to do more than that for us.

Think of the completeness of service that can be ours. Oh, what perfect service we can render to God by His help. Someone may ask, "Why don't we see this happening?" -- Because we don't ask for greater things. Too many times, our lack of faith makes us afraid to ask. Our asking is bound by our thinking. This's what Paul's getting at in our Scripture text. God wants us out in the field beyond our thoughts. God is trying to break us loose, and Paul is trying to help the Church see that there's a greater field of service, and a greater and more perfect way to live.

We can move to the place of being a more positive example of a Christian. What keeps us from getting there? We become bound with our own thinking, and we begin to govern what we can do and what we can't do, by our ability. God's trying to cut us loose and get us out in the field, free from our thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

We, the Church, are supposedly sitting in heavenly places. Living according to God's thoughts, running the Church according to God's thoughts in heavenly places, but man's ever working to bring her down to the level of man's thinking. God became incarnate in that little baby, the second person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, and men still rise up and say, "We can't accept that. It's not according to sound thinking. It's not according to our thoughts." The truth is; it's not the fact that it's not according to their thoughts; it is beyond their thoughts. What is faith? Faith is beyond man's thoughts. Faith is beyond what man can see and feel.

God's thoughts are high above our thoughts, and God is able to do exceeding abundantly above what we can think because He acts according to 'His thinking.' Someone may ask, "How will we ever get it?" Well, the Word of God brings us God's thoughts. The Word of God is God's thoughts. We can know what God thinks about multiple things. The Word of God is a (revelation of God and His thoughts. Romans 10:17, tells us, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Faith comes by hearing God's thoughts, and having the privilege of knowing what God thinks about it. He won't let us down. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 6:12, "Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels."

Fear Hinders Faith...

We can move God, if we'll come with a real, earnest need that God sees we're really sincere and under a burden about. Secondly, we must come building our faith, not on our feelings or hindered by our thoughts. Why, He actually says in Isaiah 45:11 "…concerning the work of my hands command ye me." He's not trusting man to actually command Him, but God loves for us to take His Word and put it right at Him. He loves for us to remind Him. "Lord, you said that where two or three are gathered together... Lord, you said that if we would preach the Gospel… if we would lay hands on the sick... God, you said…" He has exalted His Word above His name. He works according to His thoughts. Someone may say, "Oh, I don't think…" That's what's hindering. The big end of the trouble that we confront in trying to ever lift up a standard of greater faith for the people, is, that people don't think high enough. God operates according to His thoughts. We would've had a real test if we'd been that little widow. Put yourself there; I have. If Elisha had lived in this day, and would instruct a sister from the Church the way he did that widow, she'd probably say, "He is stupid, and he is trying to make me stupid," but it worked. All our unbelief didn't stop the widow from getting her bills paid and having welfare the rest of her life. Praise the Lord!

Fear's a natural thing. God wants us to have certain degrees of it, because we can't serve God without a certain degree of fear. If we get too bold, we get out of line. Fear's a natural quality. It'll keep us humble and keep us down where God can use us, but when fear gets moving in the wrong way, it hinders faith. Where fear is, faith has a hard time working. Unless God sees our sincerity and overlooks the fear and helps us anyway, fear will hinder us from receiving what we stand in need of.

There's some beautiful lessons for the Church in the book of Esther. All the Jews, God's people of that day, were brought into a heathen kingdom. Hamen hated Mordecai, and he hated the Jews. He had so worked his way in with the king that he influenced the king of that heathen kingdom to make a decree that all the Jews should be killed. Everyone was trembling under the power of it. Esther sent a message to the people, which said, "Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish" (Esther 4:16).

Joshephus, the historian, said that she was so fearful when she entered, she took two little maidens with her -- one to carry her train and the other one to catch her when she fainted. She walked in before the king, and he had such a hard look that she fainted and fell right into the maiden's arms. To her surprise, the king walked over and picked her up and said, "Darling, what do you want? I will grant you your request, whatever it is." She saved the people of God in that day.

Ask Largely...

When things get real scary and rough, God can hardly ever find a man; He always has to use a woman. That's what old Sister Stewart used to say. Oh, yes. She was up in years when God gave her a burden for Cuba. After she'd paid the fare, she landed in Cuba with a nickel in her pocketbook and the address of one American woman who lived in Cuba. She looked her up and lived with her. The woman gave enough money to hire an interpreter and put her on the radio.

Before Sister Stewart went to Glory, she could account for about eight thousand souls in thirty-five congregations. Religious men hated her, so they tried to kill her by running a gas pipe into her house during the night. Her hair turned white overnight, and she lay in a coma for hours; but the saints prayed for her, and God raised her up. When I asked her, "Sister Stewart, how did you ever end up getting down here in all this battle?"

"Well," she said, "Brother Wilson, all I can say is that God looked for a man and they were all scared, so He sent this old woman." God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all.

When she first went down there, she thought it was big to ask God for a hundred souls. It wasn't long until a hundred were saved, so she asked for a thousand souls. She worked under much worse conditions than most of us know anything about, but God saw her through and gave her victory. Why? He's able to do exceeding abundantly above all. This's how He outsmarts the devil, and this's how He outsmarts men. That's why He could tell Paul, "…it's hard for thee to kick against the pricks" (Acts 9:5).

The deep burden of my heart is for God to reveal to me His divine will. I want His thoughts because I want to live in heavenly places. A want of faith makes us afraid to ask, but never be afraid of expecting great things from God. We can have no real desire for any real good, but what it's over-topped by His desire that we have good. God's way is high above our way. Religion 'out here,' operating by man's ways, leaves men bound in the power of sin, with no victory, joy, or any shedding forth of the Holy Spirit in their life. God's ways are higher.

You can be delivered from sin. Even the smell of sin will be gone, and God will pour the Holy Ghost out on you abundantly. We can have no imagination of good, but what it's been surpassed by a previous thought of His. The rule's not up to what we can think, but it's 'above and beyond' what we can think.

Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness...

As infinite as His capacity is to help us, yet His power to really help us is determined by the measure of our spiritual aspirations and cravings. We're not going to have revival unless God sees that we really want it. Too many congregations don't really want a revival. They'll have a weekend or a week's meeting or so, and many of them are glad when it's over so they can get back to their program of life. God's program interrupts them. Now, God sees all this. Even though He's able to do all, it's according to the power that worketh in us. Here's a God who's able to do exceeding above everything that we ask, but He'll not do it unless the real power of faith and the real yearning desire to see it done, is working in us.

Unless we desire knowledge, He'll never enlighten us. This's the reason too many people don't get much understanding of truth. It wasn't until God saw a real, burning desire in my Heart to understand the Revelation message, so I could teach it, that He gave it to me. Too many are just sitting around expecting things to drop on them; it doesn't happen that way. God moves according to the power that worketh in us. This's what is gauging it: the power of prayer, the deep desire, and the power of faith. Unless we desire knowledge, we'll not be enlightened. Unless we really desire heart purity, we'll never find it. If we want to carry some wrong attitudes around in our heart, we can carry them to our death and go to hell. We're not going to get heart purity unless we want to be pure. It's according to the power that worketh in us. We have to desire pardon in order for God to pardon us. We must have a deep desire for spiritual strength for God to strengthen us.

His communications will he according to our receptivity. Jesus taught it this way. "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29) -- according to the power that worketh within us. We're just as spiritual as we really wanna be. We can blame it on this, that, or the other; but the truth of the matter is, we're just as spiritual as we want to be. Jesus said, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). All this mighty, abundant, exceeding power worketh according to our receptivity.

It's just as an indolent farmer who limits the work of nature. He has a farm, which could produce 225 bushels of corn per acre, but he's indolent. The harvest time goes by, and he doesn't even get a bushel, when he could have had 225 bushels per acre.

That's the way God's looking at us today. God could fill our church building. God could save enough people so that there'd have to be extra chairs set out. God's thoughts are that every honest, unsaved individual in your community would be won to Him and be saved. God's thoughts are that every one of His children in Babylonian captivity (false religion), in the multiplicity of religious works, be called out and brought back to Zion to the unity of the body of Christ, to the Church that Jesus built. These are God's thoughts, and He's able to do it.

Matthew 13:58 tells us that He couldn't do many mighty works in His own country because of unbelief. I've preached quite a while on God's ability, but God's ability is all determined by the power that worketh in us. I'm not preaching to make us feel bad; I'm trying to widen our vision. I'm trying to get our eyes anointed in a greater way, trying to get us to look up, instead of looking around. See the devil's first move is to get us to look around, and then he'll get us to look down. Everybody who looks around very much, soon looks down. When they start looking down, they become defeated and discouraged, and it won't be long until they're out.

God is saying, "Look up! I'm still God. I'm still on the throne. My power's not diminished. I love the Church as much today as I ever did. I want the Church to be just as glorious in 2007 as she was in 1921."

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