Your Strength is Increased
"I pray that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man." Ephesians 3:16
God gives His strength as a gift. Strength is joyful energy for every occasion. God provides us with strength when we recognize Him, affirm strength and act upon it by faith. We experience God’s gift by speaking His Word in a personal, present-tense way and releasing the Holy Spirit to activate His provision of strength into our lives. When we say the Holy Spirit is our strength, there is a supernatural power that is released. We are surrounded, gifted, empowered, protected and prepared for action with authority, joy, energy, confidence and flexibility.
As believers, we are to be strong in the mighty power of God (Ephesians 6:10). Our strength is not human nor of this world; it is found by having a personal relationship with Christ. There is no other source to give us the strength to overcome the world’s trials and temptations. The degree of strength we experience is determined by what we believe. God wants us to be confident in the truth that all things are possible because of Jesus Christ. What we focus on determines our behavior and it does influence our faith. God says we have an abundant life because He lives in us. When we see God removing the ‘giants’ in our lives, we become more confident that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
Release the Holy Spirit to reveal His strength in you and in your life by faith. God designed us to depend on Him. When we are awakened to Jesus Christ as our Savior, we discover we are powerless without Him. Our strength is renewed when we release our self-effort to Jesus. Without that knowledge, we will eventually yield to society’s concept of old age.
When we understand His strength, this is what happens:
1. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love.” (vs. 17) Being rooted and grounded is an elevated level of thinking and speaking that becomes a life-style. It is a confident, inner knowing that Christ is in you, as you (John 14:20).
2. “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.” (vs. 18-19) This is unlimited thinking from an unlimited God who raises the level of our beliefs so He can be unlimited in us and around us.
3. “Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (vs. 20) We are supernatural humans upheld and provided for by God and His Word (Hebrews 1:3).
Practice Psalm 37: 3-5, 7
1. “Trust in the Lord and do good.” (vs. 3) ‘Trusting in the Lord’ requires facing everything with great grace and saying, “I can’t wait to see the good that is coming to me through this.” This attitude is the ‘doing good’.
2. “Delight thryself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (vs. 4) ‘Delight yourself’ is developing an attitude of praise and thanksgiving for all things (I Thessalonians 5:18). Love life and enjoy life. Have fun with the power given to you.
3. “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (vs. 5) ‘Commit your way to the Lord’, not yourself. Learning to live from His commitment is revelation. Feeling the need to commit to Him is self-effort. Rather develop a life-style of being instant in prayer, rolling cares and worries on the Lord. ‘He shall bring it to pass’ means we are confident that our hopes, dreams and desires are answered.
4. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” (vs. 7) There is ‘rest’ for believers in Christ (Hebrews 4:9). ‘Rest’ is not inactivity; it is living in a complete revelation of Jesus’ finished works; it is our gift and potential; it is knowing the Holy Spirit is the treasure in our bodies and the excellency of our life power. Knowing is a high level of trusting the Lord for life, health, peace and in our personal world.
Heavenly Father, I speak by Jesus Christ’s name, as a human, I know I have no lasting strength, but I trust in You. Life is my teacher. I realize that I am not Christian, but I am a container of the real Christian, Jesus Christ. As I discover the Holy Spirit more and more, He transforms my attitudes and choices. I say this to be so! In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.