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“…and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe…” Ephesians 1:19
On Oct. 12, 2015, the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. It was a historic game.
The Cubs’ lineup has a stable of horses, and they stampeded the Cardinals’ pitchers. Dexter Fowler, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Kyle Schwarber each homered in that game. For the first time in professional baseball, one team hit six homers in a playoff game. It was an awesome display of power.
The opening verse says God’s power is not only great but “exceedingly” great. He “spoke” the universe into existence (Psalm 33:9). He didn’t even have to use His hands!
In the Old Testament, there were occasions where He caused His people’s enemies to fall into a “deep sleep” (I Samuel 26:12), or be “struck…with blindness…” (II Kings 6:18), or be “consumed” with “fire” (II Kings 1:10).
In Isaiah 1:18, He shows His spiritual power by saying “…though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Have you experienced this kind of power? Have you accepted by faith that Jesus, who paid the penalty for your sin, can grant you forgiveness and eternal life?
By Stanley A. Tucker, Reader Submitted