THERE IS MORE
PASTOR AYO AJANI
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20
There is a story about a young Japanese soldier I find really interesting yet, very sad. It was the end of the second world war, the Japanese troops stationed in the Philippines were under heavy fire from American and British forces and had to retreat further into the jungle, this soldier and his friend were cut off from their unit and decided to stay in the jungle to fight off any threat that came their way. Months passed by and this soldier survived in the jungle cut off from civilization or any communication from his superiors, fortunately the war ended and everyone packed their bags to go home except this soldier and his friend. Years passed, his friend died and this fellow manned his jungle station waiting, still committed to the war expecting his unit to find him or his commanding officer to send word to him, but no one came. Years turned into a decade, and a decade turned into thirty years and this “not so young” soldier had built a life in the jungle, learning to eat herbs and hunt animals as he waited. Eventually he was found, 31 years later, still active in duty. When he was told that the war had ended three decades before, he realised a sad truth, that the day he died was the day he decided to remain in that jungle, because in doing so he had lost a lifetime of opportunities, joy, peace and even more.
This story pretty much describes the life many believers have chosen to live. It’s sad to see people who could be living and doing more spend their lives building trenches for a war that is already won. There is no more God can do save that which HE has already done – Giving Jesus His son freely, and with Jesus comes everything else. The devil is eternally defeated and we are forever triumphant. Sadly, one phrase commonly thrown around in Christian circles that limits the believer from living a victorious life is “the will of God”, this phrase has been used by many in the most ridiculous ways. Most times, it is used religiously to justify negative circumstances and at other times it is used as an excuse for Ignorance, mediocrity and laziness, but, what really is the will of God? Is it living a simple life? Having a beautiful house and satisfying job? Does it end at a luxury vacation trip to an exotic island? Is it in the display of trophies, titles and accomplishments? These things are not bad but No! And a thousand times No! I dare say to you that the will of God is spelt- “MORE”.
“Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the Lord said unto him, thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.”
This verse narrates a conversation between God and Joshua. It is estimated that at this point Joshua had led Israel for over 52 years and having led them through many battles and into the promise land you would think that he had accomplished a lot and was due a retirement, right? But God seems to think otherwise hence the sentence, “There remaineth yet very much”, This didn’t seem like God was through with Joshua, however Joshua was obviously well spent in years. This tells us that God is never done with the believer. Our lives must be an unending deluge of victories and an everlasting display of glory. There is no full stop to what God wants to accomplish with us. Hence our lives cannot be measured by goals or dreams. Our destiny cannot be reduced to acquiring material possessions. The opening text in the message bible drives this home very powerfully.
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”
Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
In other words, whatever we think looks big to attain is merely a scratch on God’s will for our lives. So, it’s time to decide to stop dreaming for God, it’s time to surrender ourselves to His plans and purposes for us, as He leads us into His will which is “far more than our wildest dreams!”
Dear Heavenly Father, i thank you for your word which has come fresh to me today. I declare that i am always in line and in sync with your will for me. I refuse to think small or limit myself in whatever God has called me to do. I rely and trust in God who is able to do exceedingly above all that i may ask or think. I am hinged on His word which is able to build me up and give me an inheritance amongst the saints, in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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