SURPASSING KNOWLEDGE

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in Heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:14-19

Thank God that the Holy Spirit dwells within us with the fullness of His love so that we are not left with our limitations.

As we think on God’s love, forgiveness, compassion, and grace we know that there is no way to measure or contain His capacity in these things. Every attribute that God has is eternal and cannot be contained or measured.

UNLIKE HUMAN LOVE

His love has no beginning and no end; it is eternal in every way. His love was upon us before we were formed and will extend to us throughout eternity. Human love most often depends upon the actions of another, but God’s love has no dependency or expectation upon another. He is not capable of withholding love or wavering in His love toward us. Even in the midst of our sin and constant “wavering” affections, His love is immeasurable and unmovable.

The same is true with every attribute of God. His forgiveness is eternal in every sense of the word. His grace, mercy, wisdom, power, righteousness, justice and goodness are absolutely measureless and cannot be contained within time or space. Often we misunderstand God’s ways with us as being measurable by believing that He is withholding from us (healing, provision, blessings, etc.). Our understanding is limited to our experience or our ability to imagine God’s ways, but still everything we know or imagine is contained within the limits of our humanity. We are not able to comprehend that which is not comprehensible.

As humans, we live within the boundaries of time and space;

God is the only immeasurable thing we know. So how do we do what Ephesians 3:14-19 says?

How do we grasp how long, wide, high, or deep is the love of God if it is immeasurable and uncontainable?

We can only grasp it by understanding verse 19: “to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” We must grasp the truth that HIS LOVE for us will always SURPASS our knowledge and our limited understanding.

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 29

John 15:7 – “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

OBSERVATION:

The degree to which I will abide in Him will be determined by the degree to which I behold the power of His resurrection — the power, glory, and authority that He has NOW.

Philippians 3:10,11 – “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”

Since the completion of the Cross of Calvary and the “Resurrection Authority with Christ” ultimately triumphing over the enemy and seated at the right hand of God, we now have abundant life forever. We are not given resurrection authority to simply miss Hell and go to Heaven. We have this power dwelling in us to appropriate raising the meaningless, dead existence of the lost into the everlasting vibrant eternal life now on earth as it is in Heaven.

 

 
Galatians 6:7,9 – “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

OBSERVATION:

I know that the only thing I’m going to take to heaven is what I give away.

 

 
“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
Each one of us has an assignment and we are all here for a PURPOSE that is bigger than what we see. Let go of negative people who don’t believe in you or your purpose; they are not your audience or your partners in this next phase of your journey.
All of the tests, difficulties and unexpected things of life will be used as a chisel in God’s hand to shape us for what is coming. The strength in iron is in the fire, refined seven times until there is nothing left in it that would compromise its ability to support strong structures.
He places His desires for your created PURPOSE within your heart and then creates life to fulfill them. When our hearts are surrendered to His plan and purpose, we start to desire things we didn’t think of before. Then, we can ask what we will and it will be done for us.
The Holy Spirit’s desire is that we live every day in the fullness of the Lord, by seeing above and beyond what we can do, and that Jesus would receive glory and honor through His great power that works in us and through us.

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 28

“Now finally, my beloved ones, be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you.” – Ephesians 6:10 (The Passion Translation)

When we stand on the foundation of Jesus as our strength, authority, and power, we start to see that explosive power begin to manifest in our personal lives. Then it starts to overflow out onto every person that we come in contact with. We will start to shift and change atmospheres as this explosive power flows in and through us.

It is time we understand that we are sons and daughters of the Most High God and He has given us authority to walk in the explosive power of His Spirit. Remember Luke 10:19 says,“Behold I give you authority…”

Let us use the authority the Lord has given us to change the world around us.

 

 

Mark 4:24 – “And He said unto them, ‘Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you.”‘

How many blessings are you going to receive from the Word of God?
It depends on how many you expect to receive. When God measures them out to you, He’ll be using your measuring stick, not His own.

 

 

Romans 10:17 – “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the Word of God.”

OBSERVATION:

The human spirit can be compared to film in a Polaroid camera. I expose it with my voice by speaking God’s word — then I don’t give up before the manifestation comes.

Ephesians 4:29 – “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 27

Jeremiah 15:19 – “If you return, then I will restore you – Before Me you will stand; and if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman.”

OBSERVATION:

If I allow the Holy Spirit to move through me, I will be constantly searching for those whose lives are formless and void. I will become a bridge for them into the glorious, creative purposes of God.

 

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24
We all need spiritual momentum in our lives. God always wants us to keep moving forward. What is the other option? Moving backward—which is not a valid option. God has created us for flow, to be in sync with His river of life. As we find that place of sync with His presence, there is a momentum that is created in our lives.
The enemy tries to slow or shift your momentum by bringing distractions to get you off course. We are called to “stay the course”. God gives us the goals, the vision, and the blueprints, but we also have to stay the course.
When we neglect to put Him first we are putting something else first or even ourselves. Our souls have to come into alignment with the heart of God, to walk by the Spirit, and follow after His voice.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

 

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”

Imagine awakening every morning with the confidence of God’s strength in you. And this strength in you according to His wealth, according to the riches of His glory, according to who He is.

OBSERVATION:

GOD IS GLORIFIED WHEN I CHOOSE NOT TO LIMIT HIM AND NOT TO LIMIT MYSELF.

 

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 26

Mark 1:35 – “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

We do our very best each day to find time to spend alone with God (see Luke 11:42). It is in those times that we discover the DESTINY that He has for us.

Can you feel the depth of God’s heart calling to you in this season?
Can you feel the depth of your spirit desiring Him more than your next breath? Launch out, and launch into Him.
It is in this place that your wilderness becomes a fruitful field.

Expect faith upon faith to rise up! Expect advancement from strength-to-strength! Expect to go from glory-to-glory as God opens impossible doors for the advancement of His kingdom through his CALLING on your life.

Affirmation:

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY I LET ALL DISTRACTION AND EMPTY TALK BE SILENCED AND LET MY FIRST THOUGHT AND FIRST WORD BELONG TO HIM TO WHOM MY WHOLE LIFE BELONGS.

Ephesians 5:14 – “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

 

 
Mathew 11:28-30 – “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Observation:

STRESS IS THE PROOF I AM ATTEMPTING SOMETHING GOD DID NOT COMMAND.

1 Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”

 

 

“My prayer for you is that every moment you will experience the measureless power of God made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of the immense power as it works through you. This is the explosive and mighty resurrection power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted Him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm.” – Ephesians 1:19-20 (The Passion Translation)
Paul was saying here that God wants us to experience the measureless power of the Spirit working through us when we exercise our faith and use the authority that God has given us. God designed for us to flow in miracles and experience the limitless, measureless power that He has made available to us.
The same power that raised Christ from the dead is in us to perform miracles. We have the authority to call forth physical miracles, spiritual breakthroughs, restoration of marriages, prodigals returning home, and mental and emotional healing. This explosive power is available to us when we exercise our faith and use the authority God has given us.

 

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FIERY DESIRE

“Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges…you will rejoice in the Lord, You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 41:15,16
Are we ready to dive into the bottomless treasure chest of God for our lives? When we awake spiritually hungry, the Lord is up to something in our life because He initiates the spiritual hunger.

As we turn aside from our regular routine — He is calling us to turn aside from our present existence — He is calling us to turn aside from those things that have hindered us — He is calling us to turn aside into HIS FLAME! As we turn aside, God is going to begin to seep into the dry soil of our heart and awaken us into a new passion and a new FIERY desire for Him.

Since meditation on the Scriptures, prayer, and intercession are a service we owe and because the grace of God is found in this service, we should train ourselves to set apart a regular hour for it. This is not “legalism”; it is orderliness and fidelity.

Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?

 
DAILY HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR HIM

 
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2

Who is He that we should hunger and thirst for Him and set aside time to seek Him diligently?

 
TAKING UP OUR CROSS

 
The gospel doctrine of the Cross, that is, of dying to self is the only way to life in God. The true Christian life, which is to be a disciple of Christ, is a life of sacrifice. “Taking up our cross” means that we ‘die’ to the right to do as we please, and surrender ‘unconditionally’ to the Lordship of Jesus. It was on the Cross that Jesus suffered the ultimate injustice, but He did not retaliate, or ask the Father to retaliate, but rather to forgive.

 
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FIERY DESIRE

“Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges…you will rejoice in the Lord, You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 41:15,16
Are we ready to dive into the bottomless treasure chest of God for our lives? When we awake spiritually hungry, the Lord is up to something in our life because He initiates the spiritual hunger.

As we turn aside from our regular routine — He is calling us to turn aside from our present existence — He is calling us to turn aside from those things that have hindered us — He is calling us to turn aside into HIS FLAME! As we turn aside, God is going to begin to seep into the dry soil of our heart and awaken us into a new passion and a new FIERY desire for Him.

Since meditation on the Scriptures, prayer, and intercession are a service we owe and because the grace of God is found in this service, we should train ourselves to set apart a regular hour for it. This is not “legalism”; it is orderliness and fidelity.

Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?
DAILY HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR HIM
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2

Who is He that we should hunger and thirst for Him and set aside time to seek Him diligently?
TAKING UP OUR CROSS
The gospel doctrine of the Cross, that is, of dying to self is the only way to life in God. The true Christian life, which is to be a disciple of Christ, is a life of sacrifice. “Taking up our cross” means that we ‘die’ to the right to do as we please, and surrender ‘unconditionally’ to the Lordship of Jesus. It was on the Cross that Jesus suffered the ultimate injustice, but He did not retaliate, or ask the Father to retaliate, but rather to forgive.

 
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