Without a firm foundation, we stand on shifting sand. Jesus teaches us through His Word; His Spirit speaks to us. Let’s look:
5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
From yesterday: We know that we have HOPE, in a coming kingdom, a GLORIOUS INHERITANCE in the saints, and His INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER that is at work in us (Ephesians 1:18-19). Now, we look at HOW He is working in us.
Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
- Out of His glorious riches– We know from 1:18 that a good portion of our riches is wrapped up in God’s people.
- Strengthen you with power- Therefore, we can surmise that His Spirit will use His Family as one of His ways to undergird us and build us up in Christ.
- Inner being– It’s an inner work. Our outer work is reserved for transformation in His Coming Kingdom i.e. our Glorified Bodies!
- Dwell in our hearts- Live in our hearts, Rule in our hearts, Abide in our hearts, as in make Himself at home there.
- Faith– Believing His promises; basing what we believe on what we have seen and experienced. I have faith that I am saved because of the transformation I have experienced in my life as the Holy Spirit transforms me into Christ-likeness. My conversations with Him bear out our relationship and are my best evidence that I am, indeed, His.
- May have power– Resurrection power (1:19-21) enables us to die to self and live for Christ everyday and all the time. Yet, we must constantly CHOOSE to do it, which explains the ups and downs of our lives. Just know that Christ sees our lives as a whole and doesn’t judge us, but rather encourages us to keep going “higher up and further in” as we follow Him to GLORY.
- Wide, long, high, deep…love of Christ- Let’s rephrase the first part of John 3:16, “For God loved the world SO MUCH…” Throughout eternity, we will continue to be amazed at the love Christ has for us. John also says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1 The next time we are feeling judged or guilt-ridden, let’s remember how much He loves us.
- Know this love- To experience it, to live in it, to trust it, and to count on it.
- Filled to the measure- To be filled to the top, full.
- The Fullness of God- How? I don’t know, but, somehow, He comes in and takes up residence in our lives and begins to fill every room and every corner, pushing out anything that is not “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8), and gets rid of anything that destroys us (sin).
Let’s allow Him to fill us completely by dying to self and living for Christ today. Let’s BE CHRIST to those around us.