Wednesday, April 3rd, '19
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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)
Prosperity preacher Mike Murdock writes of
those small thinkers who "simply want enough money to go down to Denny's and
buy three pancakes and two eggs. That is their idea of a grand slam in life".
Ah, Grand Slam breakfast, how grand, $2.99 or whatever they've raised the price
to this year. How pathetic when we gripe about a price increase at Denny's!
Well, like Murdock mused ordering a Grand Slam is not a grand slam. Climbing Mt.
Everest, boating the full length of the Amazon or winning the Tour 'de France
might be nobler goals. The Grand Slam in tennis has something to do with
winning the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon, but I don't
know tennis outside of green balls. I do know baseball though. Hank Aaron and
Gil Hodges both had fourteen career grand slams. That's 112 runs. (I hit an
inside the park homer in little league. No grand slams otherwise.)
We're talking here about taking a bigger bite.
Eating at Denny's is not an event. One comedian said you never actually plan on
going to Denny's; it's just somewhere that you end up. Most places people "end
up" in life were not planned, certainly not dreamed for. "Guess I just ended up
here in the meat department". (Nothing wrong with the meat department if you
are an artist at carving meat.) The grand slam hitter's vision is the far
fence. Most fail to look FOR enough or look FAR enough. "Where
there is no vision the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18). The grand slam hitter
has to take a full swing. Too many approach home plate with their minds already
made up that they are pawns for the coach, sacrifices for the team. A bunt is a
sacrifice hit. Someone else profits but you don't even make first base. It's
time to recapture Adam's original splendor. God is "able to do exceeding
abundantly above all that we ask or think" but notice it is "according to the
power that worketh in us". We are power hitters! "For with God nothing shall be
impossible" (Luke 1:37).
Going for the fence also means a personal
gamble. Swing hard and chances are you will strike out two-thirds of the
time...and that is in front of the grandstands and camera. A .300 hitter is a
valuable weapon for any club. So you have to forget about fear and failure.
Babe Ruth struck out more times one year than anyone in pro ball. But that is
the price you pay for setting homerun records. Notice our text says God is able
to do above all that we "ask". "You have not because you ask not" (James 4:2).
Prayer is a powerful bat. Many have never accessed its might. They petition the
Father with measly generalizations like, "if it be thy will", instead of
asserted the leverage of covenant promise. Then Paul adds the words, "or
think", because faith operates in the realm of vivid imagination. Tiger Woods
sees where the ball is going to land on the green before taking his swing.
"Imagination gives a preview of life's coming attractions", said Einstein. We
would review far fewer failures if we would preview much more success.
Remember, you are made in the image of God. That is a wealthy identity. Don't
quit ordering Grand Slams just because Mike can afford eggs benedict but do
quit settling for a life lived from the discount rack. You are worth far more