STRENGTHENED BY GOD’S SPIRIT

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-20

“That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” (Ephesians 3:16)

We are looking at Paul’s prayer for the readers of his epistle. The first request Paul makes is for God to strengthen us with power through His Spirit. In order to understand the significance of this prayer, we must first recognize our spiritual weakness. We saw this in Chapter 2 in which we are told that we were dead in our trespasses and sins (2:1). We were incapable of understanding the things of the Spirit (I Corinthians 2:14). We were under the influence of the world and the devil (2:2). We were subject to the desires of the flesh (2:3). Even though we have been made alive by God (2:4), we still face these three great enemies — the world, the flesh and the devil. Because of this we think we are self-sufficient. We are selfish and self-centered. We are weak people. Human weakness is a result of the effects of sin upon our lives.

Because we are weak, it is necessary for God to intervene into our lives. Thus Paul prays — “that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” The inner being is the heart. Paul’s prayer is for God to work in our hearts, to strengthen our inner being.

Through God’s Spirit, He strengthens us. We cannot become Christians unless the Spirit of God works in our hearts. We cannot grow as Christians unless God’s Spirit gives us the power to do so. We will never get to glory unless God’s Spirit provides the way.

We can do nothing to please God unless God’s Spirit strengthens us to do so. We are totally dependent upon the work of the Spirit in our inner beings. Without Him we can do nothing, but in Him we can do all things — “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Spirit of the living God, strengthen me in my inner-being. I know that I am weak. I cannot resist temptation without You. I cannot live my life for the glory of God without You. I desperately need to be strengthened by your power every minute of every day. Enable me to appropriate Your presence and power in my life.

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