"I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
-Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV
In these verses, Paul is offering a prayer to us through this letter that we would have: inner strength, the inhabitation of Christ in our hearts, the ability to comprehend what is going on around us, and the knowledge of God's deep love. His strength is dwelling inside of you. Being a child of God means that you have the fullness of God in the form of the Holy Spirit taking up residence in you The Holy Spirit is a gift to us, but this gift isn't meant to just sit around and not be used. When you think back to the best gifts you've ever received, those gifts probably came from the people that know you best. Because that person loved you, they wanted to give you something that would satisfy a desire that you had. God is the same way with giving us His spirit. Because He knows us better than we even know ourselves, He's given us a gift that can ultimately prevent us from ever being shaken or defeated.
you are not the exception to this gift
You are not the exception. God literally gave you, through the glory of His riches, the same spirit that conquered sin and death. Because He loved you and continues to love you beyond your understanding, He gave you the same spirit Jesus had so you could rise above the most difficult things that you struggle with. No circumstance, experience, or sin has power over you. Fear itself doesn't even have power over you because the God of the universe already won by giving you His spirit to do all things with. That statement alone should be encouraging! You don't have to settle for a mediocre life because He already gave you what you need to live in the fullness. Trusting Him alone is enough to bring freedom. The pressure is not up to you to strive, overcome, or take care of anything by yourself. He is with you in the process and is ready to meet you right where you are at.
What does that look like?
How can I practically live in the fullness God has for me? The simplest answer is to be rooted in love like the scripture says. How do you become rooted in love? You spend time with the one who first loved you. I know that seems like the Christian answer to say, but hear me out. There was no love before God and there will be no love in existence that can compare to His. Because His being operates in a place of constant love for you, the more you encounter His love the more you will understand what loving others feels like. Encountering this at first looks like taking the time to be in relationship with Him; and because you are even reading this blog, you are already stirring up that desire to know more. Taking that time to pray, read the Bible, worship, and investing in places like Freshley will increase your faith in Him. Add time getting poured into by Him to your schedule and you will see joy and peace overflow into other parts of your life. With this increase in faith, you will begin to understand the worth of yourself and every person around you and seek them in a way that He first sought you. He is always ready to offer more.
"Father thank you. Thank you for giving me everything I need to live each day with peace, joy, and love. I surrender all of my worries, fears, and doubts to you. Trusting that your spirit is way stronger than any unbelief or lie that would tell me that you are not enough. Let your perfect love dwell in me, so that I can love others the way you have loved me. Amen."
- Sarah C