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Fast 2018: Day 3

Text: Ephesians 3:14-21
I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height–19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (NKJ)

What does it mean to you to be powerful? To be in control? To call the shots? To have authority, position, or alot of money? Many people want power, to control of their own destiny, to control a situation, or to control others! How about you? What if the Power you are hungry for isn’t found in position, authority, influence, money or control?

When Paul began this prayer for the Church in Ephesians 3, He had one thing in mind…strength, Power! The kind of strength that could continue the mission of Christ and the power to stand against the cultural vacuum. Paul’s frame of reference was the inner man, the spirit, the heart, the mind, the emotions. He was praying for spiritual strength according to the unfathomable riches in Christ. Unfathomable = MIND BLOWING! The riches of Christ will blow your mind! His prayer was, Father, BLOW THEIR MINDS WITH THE POWER YOU GIVE THEM! Not the power you show them, but the power you give them! That’s a prayer that will get God’s attention!

So how do we get that strength, that same power Paul prayed for the church to possess? It begins with Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith. The Greek word for “dwell” actually means, “to settle down.” Coming home and settling down there. The Key to Power is Christ finding our hearts a comfortable place to dwell! This isn’t about salvation – this is about Power!

When we are strong spiritually, Christ is already there! He feels at home there and he settles down there,
but where there is sin and disobedience, Christ is not at home, he is not comfortable there. Christ is not comfortable where sin is in control!

So the key to inner strength and power to stand for and stay true to the mission is above all, Christ dwelling in your heart.

Challenge:
Give Christ an all-access pass to every area of your heart and allow Him to clean it out, transform it and make it a comfortable place for him to dwell.

Additional Reading:
Robert Munger’s booklet, My Heart, Christ’s Home

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