“[I pray that] the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power (dunamis) toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (kratos) which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Ephesians 1:18-21 NKJV
The Greek words used in these verses for power are “dunamis” and “kratos.” Dunamai (the root of dunamis) is where English gets the word dynamite. It means explosive strength, and ability. “Kratos” is demonstrated power & vigor; God’s mighty strength at work in and through us.
Paul wanted the believers at Ephesus to understand and know: Hope! Promise of eternity! God’s power for everyday living! And he made an amazing announcement that the “dunamai” God used to resurrect Jesus from the dead gives us “kratos”!
Here are two of my favorite stories where God’s mighty power was at work:
-When Jesus was arrested, his words “I am he” knocked the soldiers flat! John 18:4-6
-When Jesus was resurrected, that same power knocked the guards at the tomb flat, “like dead men.” Matthew 28:2-4
Friends, we are not to just exist from one day to the next. We are not supposed to whine about our circumstances or be fatalistic about our future. The incomparably great power that came from the mouth of God at creation, is the same power God used to raise Jesus from the dead, is the same power he gives us who believe…every day!
Super Friends, you have dynamite resurrection power coursing through your veins right now! You have the mighty strength of God rushing through your lungs with every breath!
So write these verses on your bathroom mirror and memorize them:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10
And if you ever think or say, “I can’t!” You better add to it “…but God can!”
I'm praying for you!