Wednesday, August 03, 2016

August 3, 2016: Way More!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 216

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing … Your Grace Still Amazes Me, poignantly declaring the reality of God’s grace being more than we could ever imagine.

Highlight Passage:  Ephesians 3:20-21 [NKJV] …
20 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, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. 
… Glory to the One Who provides more than we could ever imagine.
Highlight Context – Ephesians 3:14-21 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… The mystery of God’s providence … more … WAY MORE … than we imagine !!! 

Reference Passage #1 … 1st Corinthians 10:13 [ NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
 … Paul teaches on what’s always available for us to deal with the trials/temptations of life … always more than we need.

Reference Passage #2 … 2nd Peter 1:2-4 [ NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… God provides what we need - and so much more!!!

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, referred to the Apostle Paul’s teaching on God’s amazing grace and what God provides for us to deal with the circumstances of life. He wrote: What are the five best toys of all time? Jonathan H. Liu suggested the following: A stick, a box, string, a cardboard tube, and dirt (GeekDad column at All are readily available, versatile, appropriate for all ages, fit every budget, and are powered by imagination. No batteries required. 
Imagination plays a powerful role in our lives, so it’s not unusual that the apostle Paul mentioned it in his prayer for the followers of Jesus in Ephesus (Eph. 3:14–21). After asking God to strengthen them with His power through His Spirit (v. 16), Paul prayed that they would be able to grasp and experience the full dimension of the love of Christ (vv. 17–19). In closing, Paul gave glory to “him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (v. 20).  

 There’s really not much I could add to this pertinent and powerful teaching, along with the Scriptures above, on the reality that our God always provides what we need to deal with life, especially when we feel overwhelmed or weak. The question is not about God’s provision or His power … but rather our willingness to believe and receive His amazing grace to handle life’s challenges.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Lord Jesus, … You give me more than I could ever imagine from Your grace … everyday.  Amen  

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