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21st February 2016
As we engage with God, we get spiritual strength. The apostle Paul was writing Ephesians from prison. He wasn’t in comfort, in a study, writing this. He was in prison and had been flogged and beaten. He was familiar with suffering yet able to write the beautiful verses in Ephesians 3:14-21.
The season of life we find ourselves in cannot, should not, must not dictate in our minds what is true. It’s easy, when life’s going well, to think that God is good, but then when life isn’t going so well, to think God isn’t as good as we thought He was. But God’s goodness isn’t dependent on what we go through.
Everything we know and have comes from the Father – God is completely sovereign, He is in control of all things. That’s what we see from the start of this passage, in verses 14 and 15. We live under the mighty hand of God, which brings total security, reassurance and safety. He is with us.
We then learn that this Father gives us strength (v16). He strengthens and reinforces our inner being with mighty power. The Holy Spirit galvanises us from the inside out.
The third thing (v17) is that Christ dwells in us. We need faith to actually see this. Jesus is living in us by His Spirit, transforming us. And we are, in Christ, rooted and grounded in love. We are welded in! We are fixed into this eternal love that is not fleeting but is permanent, pure and immovable. We cannot be separated from it.
We can know this love (v19). We can actually know it and experience it tangibly. The Holy Spirit makes this a reality for us, pouring God’s love into our hearts continually. If we chase after our feelings, they will often let us down. What we think shapes what we believe. We need to hold both together, that our minds will know we’re loved by the Father, and our hearts would be affected by this reality.
In the rest of verse 19, the apostle Paul prays that we would “be filled with all the fullness of God”. The Holy Spirit makes God a reality to us – He guides us into truth, revealing the Father to us, speaking to us, filling us and flooding our hearts with the love of God. This is how we’re meant to live.
Whatever you are facing, these amazing truths can help you to praise your God – the One who can do so much more than we ask or imagine (v20) for His glory (v21).
Posted by Santino Hamberis