In case you forgot, I love to read. Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read. Other women buy shoes; I buy books.
I am happy to report that I finally managed to finish reading one book from cover to cover this year, so today, I am sharing my insights on this great read.
God is Able by Priscilla Shirer unpacks the beautiful promise of Ephesians 3:20-21 phrase by phrase. Each chapter delves deeply into the nuances of Paul’s words written while in prison and under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Shirer challenges her readers to place their hope and focus firmly on the One for whom nothing is impossible.
Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:
God allows us to go through seemingly impossible situations to draw us into greater intimacy with Him: “As soon as you connect your current circumstances to your God, He raises a banner of hope in your heart and mind. As soon as you believe He can do this–that He is able–something called abundant life actually shows up, right in the middle of the dreariness” (p. 36).
In difficult times, I must believe that God is good and trust in His sovereign hand: “Just because you can’t see it or feel it or tell your friends about it right now means only one thing: not that He’s unable, but that His sovereign love is acting right this moment out of sight and without your knowledge” (p. 65).
My God cares about the nitty gritty of my life: “Nothing escapes His attention” (p. 104). “The same God who is saving you from hell is also willing and able to save what’s left of your nerves and your workweek” (p. 107).
I should rejoice that my life is a display case for His glory: “…everything He restores, rekindles, and resurrects in our lives is specifically designed to exhibit His power, to bring Him glory” (p. 141). “Relax in the hope infused into you by God’s power, no matter what your today or tomorrow looks like” (p. 157).
I loved this book. We are in a valley season right now at my house, and looking at the details of this powerhouse promise truly encouraged my spirit. Priscilla melded personal examples and sound doctrine together to weave an encouraging message for the Body of Christ. Here is a little video inspiration from Priscilla’s Going Beyond Ministries to whet your appetite a bit:
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I am sharing “God is Able” and joining like-minded sisters at Three-Word Wednesday, Words of Life Wednesdays, Tell His Story, A Little R and R, Testimony Tuesday, Soli Deo Gloria, Rich-Faith Rising, Sharing His Beauty, Playdates with God, and Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday.