Colonel Charles Talmadge, my Training Principal, loved to give devotionals based on one word from scripture; he would title these devotions A Word from the Word.  It was fascinating how he would  take one word and follow it through scripture and the message would then unfold. I was blessed with a creative, wise and learned man of God from whom I learned much. Word study in scripture was one. I still enjoy doing that:  taking a word and going through the concordance to look up verses and discover the message that would begin to emerge.  This has become so much easier on the computer! (It is also a great way to develop choral readings on a theme.)

Today the word able has been on my mind so I decided to explore it a bit to see what message would emerge.

Part of the reason this word became stuck in my head was because of the chorus He is Able.  It seemed to become stuck in my head–not a bad thing, necessarily, because of its message.

For those of you who may not know it please allow me to sing it to you. (Hope this works; if not, you really aren’t missing much. smileyface)

He is able, more than able
To accomplish what concerns me today,
He is able, more than able,
To do much more than I could ever dream,
He is able, more than able,
To make me what He wants me to be.

I know that He–God–is able.  I have no problem trusting Him for ‘that which I have committed’ to Him.  He has all the power needed for the ability to sustain us according to His will and for our good.

The word able in Greek is dunameno, from dunamis, power (from Stong’s Concordance). The key to this source of power for you and me is commitment. It is the kind of commitment that relinquishes ourselves to the Lord’s control:  our needs, our fears, our frustrations, our joys, our everything. Prayer then becomes the liberating step of our commitment. As we enter into prayer, our commitment to the Lord helps us to release ourselves to Him, to open clenched fists to receive with open hands all that we need to live abundantly even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Able. He is able. He has the ability, the power to….do, keep, sustain, empower, love… What is your word that bubbles up as you read these verses?

[He] is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself. (Philippians 3:21)

He is also able to save to the uttermost. (Hebrews 7:25)

He is able to aid those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)

[He] is able to keep you[a] from stumbling. (Jude 24)

[He] is able to establish you. (Romans 16:25)

He is able to keep what I have committed to Him. (2 Timothy 1:12)


“God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

As I began with a chorus I finish with a chorus:

Able to save, able to keep,
Yes, my Lord is able.
Giving me grace, giving me power,
Yes, my Lord is able.
He has turned the darkest night to day,
That’s the reason I can say:
He’s able to save, able to keep
Is Christ, my Saviour.

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