POWER THROUGH HIS SPIRIT

Knowing the love of Christ is where our power lies. Sometimes Christians think they need more power from God. For instance they are being tempted in an area so they reason, “God promises to give me power if I ask so that’s what I’ll do.” In one way this sounds good but in another it comes across as if God is going to give “you” the power rather than being the power in you.

In the letter to the Ephesians Paul wrote down a prayer he had been praying for them that lit up for me. In Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul prays that God would grant them…to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner man, so Christ would dwell in their hearts by faith. This sounds great doesn’t it? I mean who wouldn’t want that? But this isn’t simply a prayer for power just for power’s sake. He goes on to tell us more…wanting them to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth…and here’s where it lit up to me–That we might know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge…

When Paul prays that they would receive power he’s praying for them to know the love of Christ. That’s where the real power comes from. If we could just come to the place where we know how much God loves us we will know the power. In other words, the greatest power in the universe is to know the love of God in Christ. Once we believe how much God loves us we will start to see power displayed in our lives. Others will see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in our daily lives. There will be no more condemnation, worry, fear of lack, jealousy, envy, hatred and so on; because we will have an inner sense of peace with God that comes from the Holy Spirit living within.

On the other hand, when we start to sense the power fizzling out we know the way back is to meditate on the love of God that passes understanding. This sounds like a paradox doesn’t it? How can you meditate on something that is beyond comprehension? One way I do this is by simply believing the Word when it tells me “God is love.” “He disciplines us for our good.” “He works all things for our good.” He loves us so much he sent his only begotten son to die so we wouldn’t have to. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one that this that one lay down his life for his friends” and that’s true but he took it even a step further in that “While we were yet sinners (enemies) he died for us.”

God is love, and as we begin to know this in our inner man we will in turn pour it out to others. Our perception of God always determines how we live. When we see ourselves as forgiven we will be quick to forgive others. Once we know we are loved we will love others. After the reality of Christ dwelling in us takes firm hold we will want others to have it too. The one who does not love does not know God…this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us…

Written by Louie

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2 thoughts on “POWER THROUGH HIS SPIRIT

  1. as ive said before our faith has to go from epistemological to ontological–you start out by knowing about the lord then you have to move on to knowing him personaly–its like marriage first you know the girl in a friendship you then fall in love marry her then have sex and fruit appears.

    • Amen! Kenneth. I guess for me the amazing news of this post was how we need “Power” from the Spirit to even know how much God loves us. Yet another thing that he has to do because we are unable on our own.
      thanks,
      Louie

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