Hey, Grace, and anybody else who may watch this. This is Hurricane Irma Update 2. Again, these are just little, short devotionals to encourage you through the weekend so that you get some spiritual nuggets or some little devotion that maybe encourages you as the storm approaches or as we’re in the storm itself.
In the Epistle of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul writes some really powerful words. I want to read them to you and I want you to just stop whatever you’re doing and just let them speak to your heart.
Paul says that he hopes that “Christ will dwell in your hearts through faith — that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly that anything that we could ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Paul encourages the Ephesians to understand the love of God. And I’m going to tell you something: When you’re going through struggles and you’re going through doubts and you’re going through fears, the one thing that will get you through all of it is to know the love that your Heavenly Father has for you and me. And what I love that Paul says — although there’s all these great words in there about understanding the depth, the height, and all the love of God.
He has a little key here that clues us in to how we can truly get this message. He says, “According to the power that works within us.”
Did you know that God lives within you? Did you know that God’s Spirit lives within you? Did you know that the resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead is within you? If you have that power, then nothing can defeat you because death couldn’t even defeat Jesus. If that power lives within us, then nothing can defeat you and me. So, I hope that encourages you right now as we’re probably maybe in the middle of the storm or the storm is approaching. I just pray that you would let these words that Paul spoke thousands of years ago speak to you and to know that God loves you, He’s aware of what you’re going through right now, and you can make it through this, because the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead lives within you and me.
Isn’t that a great word? Rest on that today. See you soon.