Towards the end of Ephesians 1, Paul reveals to the church in Ephesus that he is praying for them. One of the things he is praying is that they will have a greater appreciation and expectation of the power that God releases towards those who believe.
That power, Paul says, is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1.19-20).
So what kind of power are we we talking about here? The same kind as was unleashed when Christ was raised from the dead.
If you think for a moment about what happened when Christ was raised from the dead and what exactly the strength that God released had to be able to accomplish, you begin to build a picture of the kind of power that God makes available to people who believe Him.
First of all, it is power that reverses the effect of of natural processes. When Jesus died on the cross, He really did die. He was as dead on the evening of Good Friday as the two thieves crucified beside Him. All the natural processes associated with death therefore kicked in and went to work in His body. For Jesus to come back to life, those natural processes had to be halted and reversed.
That is what happened. In his Pentecost sermon, Peter explained that death could not hold Him. At some point between Good Friday evening and Easter Sunday morning the strength of God halted the natural course of death, reversed those processes and brought Christ back to life.
God’s power, working on behalf of those who believe, has the ability to reverse situations – even natural processes.
Secondly, it is power that removes obstacles. When Christ was raised from the dead, the stone that covered the tomb was rolled back. It wasn’t rolled back to let Jesus out! It was rolled back so that the disciples could see that the tomb was empty. However, this was more than just the removal of a physical obstacle. The tomb had a Roman seal on it and a detachment of Roman guards to guard it (Matthew 27.66). When the stone was rolled back, the political and spiritual authority connected to it was also pushed out of the way.
God’s power is able to remove the obstacles that obstruct His purpose in our lives. No obstacle, whatever the source of its authority is too difficult for the power of God to remove. And that power works in and for those who dare to believe God.
Finally, the sort of power that works on our behalf raises us into the places God prepares for us.
When Christ ascended forty days after His resurrection, He was enthroned at the right hand of God. All God’s authority was now His. He had taken His rightful place at the Father’s right hand.
Some of us know that we haven’t yet attained some of the things God has planned for us. The power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of God is able to make a way for us.
How do we see this power released into our lives? You have to believe Him. You just have to believe Him.