Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Strengthened by Prayer

Strengthened by Prayer

 

“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.” (Ephesians 3:16-17a)

In one of Paul’s powerful prayers for the church at Ephesus, he prayed that each would be strengthened in the inner being or inner person by the power of the Holy Spirit out of his glorious riches.

The triune God who indwells the believer, gives to each according to his riches, not just out of his riches. God’s resources for giving us strength have no limits. When Christ indwells our spirits or inner man giving life and salvation, those riches become ours. Paul prays that the believers will be strengthened accordingly.

Paul prays this in order that, “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Jesus takes up residence in the inner being or spirit by the Holy Spirit at salvation as Paul makes clear in earlier chapters of the letter, but this word “dwell” has a different meaning. It comes from two words which are “down” and “to inhabit a house.” The meaning is to be at home.

After Jesus enters our spirits at salvation, a cleaning process begins. It has been illustrated as cleaning the rooms of a house. As believers daily turn from sin and walk with the Lord in obedience, their characters become compatible with that of Jesus and He is at home in the inner being and there is loving fellowship.

John MacArthur wrote regarding chapter 3, “The inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit leads to the indwelling of Christ, which leads to abundant love, which leads to God’s fullness in us.”

Would you join me in this? Let’s echo Paul’s prayer that out of God’s glorious riches, which are already ours, that the Holy Spirit would give us strength by His power, so that we will walk in obedience with the Holy Spirit, and that our characters will be so consistent with the character of Jesus that he will be at home in our inner person, and that we will comprehend his vast love and know the fullness of God in us.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care