I love the idea of becoming strong. I recently added weight lifting to my work out routine because of the strength it gives me. I read often, which strengthens my mind. I even pay my bills on time, strengthening my credit score. We often seek out ways to become stronger in our physical, intellectual, and occupational lives, but what about our spiritual life?
We are made in God’s image, so like our Creator we are spirit, soul, and body. Becoming physically strong is a good thing. We are told in Scripture that our body is a temple and that we should care for it as such. But our body is temporary. This is an important perspective to have. Our current body is not coming to eternity with us, whereas our soul and spirit are. How much more ought we care for our spiritual life then?
This passage in Ephesians reminds us the Holy Spirit will make us become strong followers. When we first believed, we not only received Jesus, but the Holy Spirit as well. The Holy Spirit is the power source you need to live a disciplined life, constantly use your faith, and stay grounded in the love of God.
You have access to His power day and night. Through prayer and by faith, the Holy Spirit will help you to stand firm and be deeply rooted in God’s love. The Holy Spirit will awaken your heart to the width, length, and height of Christ’s love for you. Then you will be fully alive and fully strong!
Reflect and Respond:
1. Read Ephesians 3:16-19 in a few different translations; consider TPT, MSG, and AMPC.
2. Write down those verses in your own words, and pray them daily for the next seven days.
3. Schedule time this week to read about the Holy Spirit. Some call Him the forgotten God, as He is the least talked about of the Trinity. List out three new things you learn from your research.
Encouragement: You are not alone. The Holy Spirit is your Helper, will enable you to understand God’s truth, and live it out. He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance the truth of Scripture when you need it most.
Recommended Resources: Forgotten God by Frances Chan; The Holy Spirit by John Bevere