Our Restoring God – by Sharon Roelke
This teaching by Sharon Roelke is taken from Ephesians 3:16-21 New Living Translation – Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth.
We need GOD’S SPIRIT
In Ephesians 3, it says, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.”
We serve a God who has glorious, unlimited resources. They are available to us through His Spirit. We need to avail ourselves of them so that we can be empowered.
“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.”
We need to TRUST HIM
God makes his home in our hearts as we trust in Him. That means we need to “Let It Go.” But how to stop running the show and start walking in faith is challenging. We women are wired from birth to control (sometimes called the bossy gene). At the root of why we over-control is that we don’t trust God. We think we know better than he does just what is best for us.
In the Amplified version, Psalm 46:10 says,
“Let be and be still, and know – recognize and understand – that I am God.”
Strong roots will be developed. We need to trust like Mary in
Luke 1:38 “Lord, let it be to me according to your word.”
We need to UNDERSTAND
“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.”
How often when our kids were kids did we say, “How much does mommy love you?” and spread our hands out as wide as we could – God’s love is so much greater! Too often we limit God by equating His love with our love. Don’t limit Him
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that come from God.
We need to EXPERIENCE His Love
We will never be able to grasp God’s love fully, but we need to try.
I love the New Living Translation because instead of “steadfast love” they use “unfailing love.” That speaks to my heart. Like when someone hears something sweet and goes, “Ahh!”
“The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.”
We need to focus more on His love for us than on our love for Him; on His faithfulness, not ours; on His strength, not mine. At Christ for the Nations International when I said, “Lord you know what I am like;” He said, “Yes, but what am I like.” Our completeness will come from Him. “He has come that we might have life and that more abundantly.” Why settle for less?
We need to GIVE HIM THE GLORY
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen!”
“He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask or think.”
He is able to accomplish more than we might ask or think!!! His plans are above ours; it’s not what we dream up, it’s about him doing something beyond that.
It’s all about Him getting the Glory!
Although our lives do not look the same and our cultures are very different, the God we serve and His Word are the same. He wants us to experience Him and his love that is so far beyond us. He wants us to trust Him and know that he has plans that are exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask or think, if we will allow Him to work these things out in our lives.