November 8, 2011
God seems to talk to me in themes. This past two weeks, though they have been difficult, God has been talking to me about His love....not just “His love” but “His love for me”.
Ephesians 3 :14-21 says, “14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
This passage is FULL of amazing, mindblowng truths. There are several things that popped out to me in the passage.
1st We need to be strengthed with His power in order for Christ to dwell in our hearts through faith. Vs
2nd We need to be rooted and established in this love (Christ's love) so that
we may have power to GRASP how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the love of Christ (FOR ME) (vs 18)
we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (vs 19)
3rd He (GOD) is able to do IMMEASURABLY more than ALL we can ask or imagine.
HELLO? Someone turn to your neighbor and say, “HE IS ABLE TO DO IMMEASUREABLY MORE THAN ALL WE CAN ASK OR IMAGINE!”
And so how am I going to use this passage to make changes spiritually, mentally, and emotionally?
1. I'm going to start praying daily for God to allow me to GRASP how WIDE and LONG
and HIGH and DEEP is the love of Christ (for ME)
I'm going to ask Him to strengthen me with His power, and help me to be rooted in His love SO THAT Christ can dwell in my heart through faith.
1. Remind myself, that, when I start to have anxious thoughts about future things “HE IS
ABLE TO DO IMMEASUREABLY MORE THAN ALL I CAN ASK OR IMAGINE”
therefore, worry is not necessary.
I truly believe that, mental illness aside, if we truly GOT God's love for us no one would need therapy. It wouldn't matter when we didn't get our way, when someone didn't meet our expectations, when we failed, when our children didn't act appropraitely...and this list goes on and on. Because our worth wouldn't be found in others or their actions and reactions/responses to us. It would be found in the WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP love of Christ (for me). I wish that was as easy to live on a daily basis as it is to type.
So, join me, will you, in asking the Lord to grant us the ability
We need you Jesus. God please grant these beautiful family and friends of mine to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for us. And Father strengthen them with your power and help them be rooted in Your love SO THAT Christ can dwell in their hearts through faith. AMEN
Just saw this posting on Face Book. I watched it but could hardly see the end through my tears. You see, this is a good (human example mind you) example of how, when we are rooted in Chists love, He carries us though life on a daily basis......(Hold on I need to get a tissue.) Keep the image of God's love for YOU in your heart as you watch this clip. Luke 11:11-13 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish will give him a snake instead? or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? if you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give...."