Inner strength from God

In Ephesians the Apostle Paul prays two prayers for the church at Ephesus. The second is found in chapter 3. It says…

Ephesians 3:16-18 NLT – I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. [17] Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. [18] And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

In this short prayer Paul mentions four great things that he wants for the Ephesian church.

  1. Prayed that God would supply us inner strength through the Holy Spirit
  2. Then Christ will make His home in our hearts
  3. Our roots will go down deep in Him
  4. May we understand how deep God’s love is for us

These are four great things to ask for. We all need inner strength. We all need Christ in our hearts. We all need our roots to go down in him. And we all need to understand the depth of God’s love for us.

It is my prayer that you have all these things today.

Prayer

Dear God, I pray for everyone who reads this post. I pray that from Your glorious, unlimited resources You will empower them with inner strength through the Spirit. I pray Christ will make His home in their hearts as they trust in Him. I pray their roots will grow down into Your love and keep them strong. And may they have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep Your love is. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Free discipleship Bible study

One of our most popular resources at PASSION Australia is our free discipleship Bible study. It has been downloaded tens of thousands of times.

I originally wrote it to disciple my children when they were younger. Since then I have revised and expanded it and used it with our church for new Christians and our young people when I was a Pastor.

Over the years I have received emails of people telling me they used it for themselves, to disciple a friend, and churches using it for new Christians program. It has been even translated in to other languages.

Each page of the booklet has a simple study that will teach you about the Bible, prayer, church, serving God, sharing your faith, the role of the Holy Spirit and being assured of your salvation.

It includes a number of Scriptures on each topic, some reflection questions, an explanation of a key Bible word, a simple prayer and some Bible memory verses.

If you are interested you can download it for free. You don’t even have to put it your email address. You can find it here.

David declared and asked

Today for my devotions I read part of Psalm 119. Bible scholars generally agree that this Psalm was written by David.

Some think it was a way of David teaching Solomon the alphabet. Not in the reading sense, but the spiritual alphabet with using the words before each section to show him how to be faithful to God.

The section I read is below…

Psalm 119:105-112 NLT – Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. [106] I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. [107] I have suffered much, O LORD; restore my life again as you promised. [108] LORD, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations. [109] My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. [110] The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. [111] Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. [112] I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

In this passage David declared a number of things. He also asked God for help.

  1. Declared God’s Word is a lamp to guide his way
  2. Declared he would obey God’s righteous regulations
  3. Asked God to restore his life from his sufferings
  4. Asked God to accept his offering of praise
  5. Asked God to teach him His regulations
  6. Declared he would obey God’s instructions even in the face of death
  7. Declared he would not turn from God’s instructions
  8. Declared he was determined to keep God’s decrees to the end

As I read this passage I was really encouraged and inspired. I want to be a man of God’s Word. I want to follow His instructions and keep His decrees until the end. I also want God to restore me from my sufferings, accept my praise and teach me His ways.

For me this Psalm is not only a determined goal, but a prayer for my life going forward. I want the things David prayed for and declared.

Prayer

Dear God, help me to be a person who loves Your Word. Help me to be a person who studies and follows Your decrees until the end. I pray that You will restore me, accept my praise and teach me Your ways. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

A mighty Saviour who rejoices

For my devotions today I read Zephaniah chapter 3. Verse 17 jumped out at me. It says…

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT – For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

This was originally written to the people of Israel, but we see five great things about our God.

  1. The Lord is living among you
  2. He is mighty Saviour
  3. He takes delight in us with gladness
  4. He calms all of our fears with His love
  5. He rejoices over us with joyful songs

This would have been very encouraging to it’s original audience. And we can be encouraged by it today too because our God never changes!

Testing and temptations

James 1:12-15 NLT – God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. [13] And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. [14] Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. [15] These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

This passage talks about some key things we all face as Christians. We all face temptation and we all go through testing times. It has five key ideas for us today.

  1. God blesses us when we are patient and endure testing and temptation
  2. We will receive a crown of life afterwards
  3. God is not the one who tempts us
  4. Temptation comes when we are drawn away by our own desires
  5. This gives birth to sin and when it is allowed to grow it brings death

Key Lesson: Patiently endure testing and temptation. Stand strong, stay focussed on God and look forward to the crown of life.

Dear God, please help me to be patient when I am going through testing times and temptation. I want to be strong, faithful and devoted to You always. I pray I will not be drawn away by my own sinful desires. Help me to focus on You and the crown of life you promise. Amen