In his first session at the minister’s conference, Bishop Keith Butler expounded extensively on the power within each believer.
Using his key scripture from Ephesians 3: 14 – 20,
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthen with might by His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your heart by faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”
This scripture, he said, tells us about God’s ability. Though we know that God can do all things in super abundance and exceeding measure, there is a limitation: “…according to the power at work in us…” (Verse 20)
The Greek word for power in this scripture reference describes it to be active, butit also means to be efficient.And, this power is dunnamis, i.e. dynamic or miraculous working ability.
Now, this all means that what God is able to do is dependent on how efficient or active His power works in us.
This power force in us is that of faith and love.
The riches of his glory in Ephesians 3: 14
“…according to the riches of His glory…”
Speaks of His praise.
“…to be strengthen with might by His Spirit in the inner man…”
This portion reveals that the power in us is a function of God’s Spirit in us. It’s of His Spirit we have faith and are strengthened. And because you believe and are persuaded the anointing resides in your heart.
Therefore, you must be stable in faith and grounded in love! Because in order for faith to be productive, it is in connection with love.
In Ephesians 3: 18, where it says…
Bishop Butler taught that by being stable in faith and grounded in love you can operate in the full strength and competence of His power in you.
- You know what to do.
- You know how to do it, and
- You can repeat it.
Faith and love operating together brings about what the scripture says in verse 20
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”
The Bishop, highlighted that, according to 1st Timothy 2: 4
“who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The Father’s will for you is good: He wills that all goes well for you. That you have all that you require to live a full and rich life, having all your needs met!
But according to Mark 6: 5
“Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them.”
The Bishop stated that when we’ve done all we know to do and it seems the results are not forth coming, we shouldn’t put the blame on God. Because, God does only as much as the limits people set.
In that scripture, it wasn’t that Jesus wouldn’t, it was that He couldn’t. The place and the attitude of the people limited the anointing from working.
And in referencing Romans 10: 15, Bishop Keith Butler observed that the problem in the body of Christ is that a lot of those called aren’t mindful about what God has assigned for them. He further stated that assignments answer to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. And, in keeping and fulfilling one’s assignment, one has to know how to love.
Matthew 22: 37
The first issue of love is loving God first, then men.
John 14: 14, 21
“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it…
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
We are called to follow His instructions. Faith never operates where the will of God is not known.
The Bishop admonished everyone to spend time to find out what God’s assignment is.
What does He want you to do?
Where does He want you to do it?
In closing, quoting from 1st Corinthians 3: 9 – 14, Bishop Butler reminded everyone that we are all fellow labourers with God.
He also said that it is God who knows what His body needs and where your services will be needed.
And according to James 3: 1, he admonished that no one should try to be what he or she is not, and that it is possible to influence people with a false personality. Focus on God’s assignment for you and follow His instructions.
Also, with Romans 12: 1 – 3, Bishop Keith Butler, charged everyone to keep their body in good shape, for your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. God needs you healthy and sound so you can fulfil His assignment.
And by constantly renewing your mind with His word, you have the required faith to accomplish the task God has given.
What God says (or is saying) to you is just seed; He will do way beyond what He’s said.
Romans 5: 3 – 5
In rounding up, Bishop Keith Butler reminded the congregation that, ”Every word God says to you is a word of love.”