You've heard that God loves you many times. But, do you experience his love in an ongoing way? Keep Reading…
Listen to Ephesians 2 below and let God's Word soak into you.
Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV - For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 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. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Take another look at the picture of the ocean above. You've probably seen lots of pictures of oceans in your lifetime. But, how many times have you experienced the power of the ocean first-hand? Have you felt the height, the depth, the width and breadth of the waves crashing over you? Seeing a picture is one thing… experiencing the ocean is another.
That's why Paul is praying for the Ephesian church that they would experience the love of God. It's one thing hearing the words, "Jesus loves you." It's another thing to experience waves of his love crashing over you. The desire of Father God is that you would know his love that "surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
How will that happen? First, this experiential revelation comes through a power encounter with the Holy Spirit. Paul prays for the power of God to come on the church so that they understand God's great love. Pray for this powerful encounter with God. Ask a trusted Christian friend for prayer as well.
Secondly, this experience of God's love happens "together with all the saints." God intends to show himself to us through brothers and sisters in Jesus. But, don't wait around for friends to approach you. Reach out with the love of the Father to others. Give before you think you have it, and you will be filled. Step out in faith with the Father's love through prayer, affirmation or other acts of kindness. As you step out, you will be surprised by another wave of love from the Father washing over you.
Lastly, believe God's promise that he is able to do "immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine." Believe that he is able to connect your knowledge to your experience of God's love. His ability to show love far exceeds your inability to access it. Trust him.
Call out for an encounter with the power of God that will bring about an experience of his love. Now, begin showing the love of the Father to specific individuals around you (even before you sense that you have experienced the Father's love). Trust him for a deep, meaningful experience with his love today!
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