Strengthened in the Inner Man

I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.” (Eph 3:14-16)

Paul especially prayed for the members of the church at Ephesus, knowing that maintaining a transformed life is not sustained by willpower alone. The “spiritual highs” attained in a cultivation event are bound to fade over time, but the inner self must continue to thrive. How?

The key to being strong is being filled by God’s Spirit. Think of Peter, who, on the day of Pentecost, fearlessly stood up to announce the message of salvation to a puzzled crowd after they witnessed the initial descent of the promised Holy Spirit. This same Peter, who had denied Jesus a few days before in cowardice, was now boldly standing in front of thousands to preach the gospel. The key difference between the Peter at Pentecost and the Peter weeks earlier was the Holy Spirit, who had strengthened his inner being. 

The Holy Spirit is poured upon those who obey God, who fully obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Listen to the Word of God in faith. Believe and practice it, and your inner man will continue to thrive through the Word of Life. Little by little, the pestilent lusts of the flesh will be replaced by flourishing spiritual life that abides always in the will of God, rain or shine.

When we are filled with the Spirit, He will help us to comprehend, even if just a fraction of it, the unfathomable dimensions of God’s love. 

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:17-19)

This love that then dwells in our hearts will continue to sustain us in living a life that glorifies God. Pray, therefore, until you are filled by the Holy Spirit. When the love of God moves us, our lives will continue to transform. Through the fullness of His Spirit and His love, our inner selves will be fortified in our determinations for Him.

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