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.

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

United with Christ

Ephesians 2:13 NLT – But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

We were once far from God. Separated because of our sin. With no way of saving ourselves. But Jesus stepped in and died on the cross for our sin. His shed blood now covers us and makes us righteous. God sees us through Christ when He looks at us. Now we can boldly approach the throne of grace. We can come to God as His dearly loved children. Our sins are forgiven and we will spend eternity with Him.

Prayer

Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for my sin. Thank You for opening the way to salvation. I thank You that I am now covered by Your blood and righteous in the Father’s eyes. I am so glad I am no longer far from God, but united with Christ and I am His child for all eternity. Amen.

Believed and accepted

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Believed and accepted. Two key words for salvation. We need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross to pay the price for our sin and He rose to life again. Then we need to accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. This means He is our King and Ruler and we follow Him. When we do these two things, we have the right to become God’s children. We are adopted into His eternal family. We live our lives now for Christ and when we die we spend eternity with God.

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to believe and accept You now. I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross to pay the price for my sin. Right now I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Please help me to live for you from this day forward. Amen.

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Close to the broken hearted

Psalm 34:17-18 NLT – The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. [18] The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

I really love these two verses and what they say. Firstly, it says God hears us when we call out for help. That gives me great comfort knowing God is always there when I need help. Next it says that God rescues us from our troubles and when our spirits are crushed. Not only does He hear us, but He rescues us when we desperately need Him. Lastly, it says He is close to the brokenhearted. Again that gives me great comfort in knowing this.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You that You are close to the brokenhearted and when our spirits are crushed. I am thankful that I can call out to You wherever I am and You will hear me and answer. Thank You that You are always there to rescue me from my troubles. Amen