God’s Gift of Tremendous Power
Foreword, by Neville Jayaweera
Chapter 1: What is power?
Chapter 2: Jesus Christ: a paradox like no other
Chapter 3: The power of absolute weakness
Chapter 4: What it means to be united with Christ
Chapter 5: Releasing the power of God in prayer
Chapter 6: How faith connects us with God’s power
Chapter 7: Meditation and prayer—some practical steps
Chapter 8: The power of oneness in Christ, and its implications for believers
God’s Gift of Tremendous Power – Introduction
How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God – (Eph. 1:19, PHILLIPS)
The life that God offers us is characterised by a quality of power that exceeds every other power in the universe. It is described in various translations of Ephesians 1:19 as incomparably, immeasurably, and surpassingly great, and this very same power is made available to us so that we can make a significant difference to the world in which we live.
Jesus has asked us to heal the sick, raise the dead, and to be coworkers in ushering in the kingdom of God. He has also said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do” (John 14:12). In saying “Most assuredly,” which can also be translated “Truly, truly,” Jesus is placing an emphasis that we cannot ignore.
This book aims to look into the nature of the power that God wants to stream through us, in the same way that He streamed it through Jesus to perform miracles during His life and ministry on earth. Jesus exercised complete control over the fabric—so to speak—of the environment in which He was working. Whether He was healing blind eyes, raising Lazarus, calming a storm, or changing water into wine, Jesus was demonstrating His authority over the molecular structures of his environments.
He calls us to go and do likewise. He has given His followers authority to exercise power over that which is not of God. The Amplified Bible expresses Jesus’ words in Luke 10:19 this way: “Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.” All this is in order that we may further cooperate with God in ushering in His kingdom.
God created the universe and is, by definition, Lord of all the elements of which it consists. Advances in physics over the past one hundred years have shown that the universe consists not of separate entities as previously thought, but that it is one vast field of energy—for which “fabric” is a good metaphor—which serves as a vehicle not only for life but also for intelligence and for communication.
The book considers the enormous potential of this vast fabric of the universe to convey different forms of intelligence and communication—specifically, faith and prayer. It aims to shed light on Jesus’ assurances that all things are possible to those who believe. He said that “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matt. 17:20). He was using this metaphor to explain that one who exercises faith has power over the fabric of the universe and can bring forth from it whatever they command, as long as it is in line with God’s Word.
Jesus’ teachings are available to absolutely everyone. No one needs to be put off by my references to physics or to scientific metaphors. The “fabric” of the universe is simply the medium within which we all live and breathe.
To live in the power of Ephesians 1:19, and to carry out the work that Jesus asks of us, does not mean that we have to be “super-men” and “super-women.” On the contrary, “God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (1 Cor. 1:27). That is the paradox of the gospel, and the truth that made the towering apostle Paul rejoice in his weaknesses—because he knew that the less he asserted his own strength, the more the power of Christ could work through him.
This book is not a theological or a scientific study, but it is an attempt to explain, scripturally, how to place ourselves in a position to be channels of God’s love and to do the works “which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10, NIV).
Scripture can never be comprehended solely by the rational mind. It is by entering deeply into the gold mine through prayer and meditation—trusting in the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit—that we find the veins of gold, waiting to be discovered and quickened into life through faith.
May I pray for us all, therefore, the same prayer for revelation and enlightenment that Paul prayed for the Christians in Ephesus. It begins just before (and includes) our text in Ephesians 1:19, the key verse for this book:
. . . that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 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 toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 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 (Eph. 1:17–21).