I would like to quote a Scripture to you this morning, that I have read over and over and over again and loved every word of it but not sure I understood every word of it until recently so I would like you to ponder it with me this morning. It's found in Ephesians 3. This is a prayer that Paul prayed and it seems to have an abundance of meaning that we need today. See if you agree.
Ephesians 3:14-21 "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family of 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, 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. Now to Him that is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think , according to the power that works in us. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."
Now, I'm not saying that I understand it fully, so let's go over it together and see what he is truly saying. Paul was a giant in Christianity and I want to be a giant too. So let's see if we can grow into the likeness of Paul and then into the likeness of Christ through His prayer for us. Did you notice that His prayer is for us?
First he is praying to the our Father of whom we all have been named. What a privilege!! And he wants God to grant us according to God's riches in glory to be strengthened in our inner being. That Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. God's riches are never ending and all we have to do is believe that He will dwell in our hearts, so that we may experience the grand expansion of His love which passes our knowledge that we may be filled with God's fullness. Then it says that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think but the condition is that it is according to the power that works in us.
What is that power that works in us? Let's see what the Bible says about that.
John 16:7 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I go not away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart I will send Him to you."
Who is this Helper? Verse 13 tells us, "However when He the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth...." He will send His Holy Spirit to be in us and guide us into all truth. Can you imagine being filled with God's fullness which is His Holy Sprit and being guided day by day into all His truth?
Because of my age, I know that my time is short to be filled with His fullness, nevertheless I want to be filled with all that He will supply. How about you? You may be young or middle aged, and you may think you have all the time in the world to give your heart to Christ, but we never know for sure just how long we are going to live I have been blessed to live nearly 84 years but my hearts desire is to help others be blessed as I am being blessed, regardless of how long you might live. It may be just a short life or it may be a long life, but don't you want it to be a fulfilling life? Paul wants us to be filled with ALL the FULLNESS OF GOD. Would you like that experience? Please say yes to God. He has promised to fill you. Grandma Joan