May 15 – When I Get Out – Thankfulness

Read Ephesians 3:20-21

Shortly after purchasing the book JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young last December I broke my knee in a car accident, had surgery on it and I was laid up for 10 weeks. Then shortly after the bone healed the pandemic arrived. So I have pretty much been at home since December 5 – about five months.

Well, I certainly have had the chance to read my new book every day. During this time I have read The Bible more than usual and I watched almost all the bowl games on TV.

Minutes after the Buckeyes lost to Clemson in a close game in the Fiesta Bowl National semi-finals, Tiger Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was interviewed on the football field and he recited Ephesians 3:20-21 from memory. He said it clearly and he said the verses inspired him.

That was December 28, and I have been thinking about those verses ever since. I believe that Ephesians 3:20-21 gives Trevor inner strength through Christ. The verses help his confidence knowing that he was just playing the game of football. As a Christian this is how he lives his life. He appears to be thankful.

During the pandemic these verses have reminded me of how fortunate and thankful I am. It gives me strength and confidence in knowing that I can actually do more in my life than I could ever hope or even imagine. God has already given me more than I can hope or imagine.

The verses preceding verse 20 tell me that He can strengthen me with power through his Spirit in my inner being. Christ dwells in my heart through faith. THIS LOVES SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE.

I have learned to fix my thoughts on Jesus (Hebrews 3:1). My thoughts can be true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. I have learned that I can fix my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). That is how God can do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine through Him.

And I am excited that I have discovered over the last few months the many verses in The Bible about trusting in God. He is My “Anchor” (song by Skillet). He is my “Strong Tower” (song by Kutless).

Hebrews 6:19 – “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”

Psalm 61:2-4 “You are my strong tower.”

Explanation points are used in a sentence to express strong emotion, especially excitement. Did you notice the explanation mark in Ephesians 3:21?

Tom Weckesser

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