Ephesians 3:17.( continued). “…. As you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep..”

 

Ephesians 3:17.( continued).

“…. As you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.”

The verse continues and says ,” as you trust in Him.” It would seem for Christ to become more at home in You and I requires us to trust Him, and that trust needs to grow. Trust is something more and more of us have problems with. We trust people less and less. People we thought we could trust and rely upon let us down, and we do the same to people too, it’s just we only recognise it when it is done to us.

If our roots are anchored in people, in our Christian brothers and sisters, we will only grow to the level of those people. Our faith will be dependent on them, when Christ tells us that He is the source of our Faith, and our Hope is in Him alone. Christ requires us to grow in HIM! Jesus wants us to know that we can trust Him! He is 100 0/0 reliable. Paul goes on to tell us, that with this trust, something beautiful begins to happen, he likens it to the growth of a plant. Roots begin to develop.

Imagine: Your feet, placed into soil, only this is no ordinary soil, this is ‘love’ soil. And as your feet get bedded in, and you begin to trust where your feet have been planted, something amazing happens, as you feed, and drink in all that God has for you, roots begin to shoot out from your feet, becoming embedded into this amazing soil of ‘LOVE’. And as these roots grow, you become anchored into the source of this love. You become immovable, un-shakable, solid, secure, flourishing, thriving.

I love my garden, and there is nothing more frustrating, than seeing a plant that you have taken care of begin to loose it’s lustre, the leaves begin to lose colour, and eventually die. I’ve seen it happen due to the wind and cold, the elements that come against the plant, that hits the plant end up killing it. When I dig the plant up it is clear what’s occurred; the roots have not established themselves in the soil, and the slightest change in conditions, ends up wrecking everything.

Roots are important for growth. Roots are important for longevity, but even more important is where you get planted in the first place. Make sure your roots are growing in “God’s marvelous love”. His LOVE comes highly recommended.

Worship Moment:

Kim Walker Smith – He loves us,oh how He loves us.

Elevation Worship. – The Lord Is My Rock/God You Lifted Me Out.

Ephesians 3:17. “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts..”

 

Ephesians 3:17.

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots grow down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love”.

Question: What is conjured up in your mind when you hear the word ‘home’? For me I think of my family, comfort, cosy, safe, food, trust, conversation, peace; hey I could go on. Think about this, what would it take for CHRIST to be ” more and more at home in” our “hearts?” What kind of place should my heart be like for CHRIST to feel at home in me? Have you ever thought about that?

These words Paul has written are not just written to fill a gap on a page. Paul was imprisoned, everything mattered. He had the time to think, and pray. He was concerned about the lives and hearts of the believers, and how their lives could make a difference to the church of Jesus Christ, and to those yet to believe. More importantly he knew Christ’s heart and the message Christ wanted His people to receive and live out day by day, by day.

Today: Reflect, ponder, meditate on this question, what should my heart be like for Christ to feel at home? Then pray, and ask your Heavenly Father to help your heart to be more ‘homily’ for Him. After all we all know there’s no place like home!

Worship Moment:

Kristy Nockles- My heart, your home.

Women of Faith – My heart, your home.

Ephesians 3:16-17 “I pray that from His glorious unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit..”

Ephesians 3:16-17

“I pray that from His glorious unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.”

I have learnt as people we have limitations, have you noticed that?

And dependant on age, our capabilities alter. We are governed by ability, imagination, strength, weakness, intellect. And the list could go on. I am grateful that I know and worship God, who is limitless. He is not dependent on what resources that are available to Him, as He has the power to create resources, as He has the ability to create something from nothing! (Think about creation for a moment).

At the start of this verse Paul is praying for the Ephesian church, but it is equally a prayer for us, a prayer for us to take to our hearts, for us to pray for others as well as our selves. He prays that through the Holy Spirit, and the unlimited resources the Father will give us – not just strength, but- “mighty inner strength”!

Dictionary: Mighty – showing great power, skill, strength of force, imposing, awesome. Strength – power, muscle, robustness, toughness, the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure, firmness, soundness, solidity, durability, stability, impregnability, resistance.

Paul knows only too well what is needed to ‘stay the course’. He knows as Christians what we are up against. In the previous verses he informs us about the battle we are in because of the attacks from the evil one. So he sees that it is vital and necessary for specific prayer for the children of God. For them to receive no ordinary strength but supernatural strength which can only come through and by the Holy Spirit.

Worship Moment:

Jesus Culture – I need you more.

Rend Collective – Build your kingdom here.

Ephesians 3:14-15. “When I think of the wisdom and scope of Gods plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father..”

 

Ephesians 3:14-15.

“When I think of the wisdom and scope of Gods plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the creator of everything in Heaven and on earth .”

Dictionary: Wisdom – experience and knowledge, judgment with special insight. Scope – outlook, sphere of observation or action, extent, range.

Picture This: Paul under house arrest, his liberty, his freedom gone. And yet is overwhelmed by the range, the extent of the plan of God.his focus is not on himself and his circumstances, his focus is set on God, and on Jesus the Messiah and this amazing rescue plan. Here we see a man ,overwhelmed and overcome that the Creator God, the majestic king of kings, the all knowing all seeing God is interested and concerned and loves overwhelmingly each and every person, past ,present and future.

Worship Moment:

Hillsong – Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace).

Phill Wickham – This is amazing grace.

Ephesians 3:10 -13. “God’s purpose was to show His wisdom in all it’s rich variety..”

Ephesians 3:10 -13.

“God’s purpose was to show His wisdom in all it’s rich variety to all the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. They will see this when Jews and Gentiles are joined together in His church. This was His plan from all eternity, and it has now been carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of His glad welcome. So please don’t despair because of what they are doing to me here. It is for you that I am suffering, so you should feel honoured and encouraged.”

Question: Have you ever been fearful of meeting someone, or confronting someone?

I remember as a child of around eight years old, when my teacher asked me to return a red pen to the teacher in the next class. I obediently set off to the class, except when I came to the door I felt so fearful. You see I was rather small, and the teacher, Mr . Parry, looked like a giant. He was the tallest man I had ever seen. He had shoulder length red hair, and beard. I completely lost my nerve, and instead of knocking the door, without thinking I placed the pen on the floor in front of his classroom door hoping he would find it. To this day, I have no idea if he ever got his pen. Except a year later I found myself in Mr Parry’s class, and discovered he was more of a gentle giant.

Our reading today tells us that because of our faith in Jesus we can come into the presence of God fearlessly. Therefore before we entered into a relationship with Jesus, we actually had reason to fear when coming into the presence of God. Jesus has opened a way to come to God the Father “with freedom and confidence, “(N.I.V).

Question: Were you aware that it is a privilege for you and I to have freedom, and to be confident to come, through prayer into the presence of Almighty God, Ruler of Heaven and earth? Do you think we would treasure this privilege of prayer, and actually value prayer more, and even pray more ,if we took more time to consider the extraordinary cost it took to unlock the door into this most Holy place?

This verse goes on and informers us that we also receive “a glad welcome”. Is there anything better than receiving a warm welcome, when someone is actually, genuinely glad to see you?

Think: Please, just mull this over for as long as you have time for, or return here later. Think about this, when we enter into the presence of God, through prayer, and through worship, God is there, with His arms out stretched ready to greet you and welcome you, longing for you to settle down with Him, and spend some time. These verses show us this.

Think: Have you phoned someone up, you really want to talk to but the one you have phoned is on their way out and they just don’t have the time to chat, or they just seem like they can’t be bothered, but what you wanted to say was so important?

I’m guessing we have all felt let-down, that feeling of desperately needing that person to talk to. Longing to share that important message, longing to re-establish that closeness in your friendship.

Have you ever thought that just maybe God the Father feels that way about us? We do a ritualistic prayer, with the same old words, same old requests. And then we have the nerve to call that a relationship with God!

Think: If some friend came to my home, I welcomed them in, and as they walked through the door they instantly poured out a load of moans and groans, asked me then for lots of things I needed to do for them. Then before I could close the door, and even get the words “oh, I’m so glad to see you, would you like a cuppa? Come and have a seat, let me take your coat”‘ out of my mouth, my so called friend is grabbing the door handle, shouting ‘bye’,as they walk off down my path. Off they go! How rude! I do think this is sometimes how we treat our Heavenly Father. He deserves better!

Suggestion: How about trying this out. A ‘prayer’ cup of tea date or ‘prayer’ coffee date with God the Father. Get to spend quality time with Him, as He can make all the difference to your life.

Worship Moment:

Kari Jobe – Revelation Song.

Jefferson Bethke – Why I hate religion but love Jesus.