Tired in the Spirit to Fired in the Spirit

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I walked into church today and a good sister approached me seeing that I looked tired. She began to give me a shoulder massage. In jest, I smiled and told her that I was not as physically tired than I was "spiritually tired". During the sermon, the speaker used a passage in Ephesians that brought me comfort for the day; His mercies are new every morning indeed. I was using the ESV which had a very encouraging title to Eph 3:14-20 - Prayer for Spiritual Strength, exactly what I need.

    Ephesian 3:14-20 (ESV)
    14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
I am encouraged:
- His glory is rich
- He strengthens me with power through His Spirit in my inner being
- Christ dwell in my heart through faith
- I am rooted and grounded in love
- I have the strength to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of his love that surpasses knowledge
- I am filled with all the fullness of God
- He is able to do more abundantly than all I ask or think, according to His power

The passage it quite a delight in The Message.

    Ephesian 3:14-20 (The Message)
    14My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, 15this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. 16I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit--not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength-- 17that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, 18you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! 19Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. 20God can do anything, you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. 21Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
Picture by Dominic Morel

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2 comment(s)

  1. Preach it, sistah! :)

    I know that touch can be so powerful, especially when you tend to live in your head a lot - another great example of how we all have a part in the Body.

    Thanks for the verses today.

  2. Maeghan,

    I love the Message! It really is refreshing some times isn't it.

    Thanks for the rejuvination.

    God Bless