is a Bible Study I did with friends last week on Ephesians 3:11-21...
thought you all might be blessed by it too. I also have two small
devotionals by Joyce Meyer, on a few of the verses that we studied. She
helped me see them a bit clearer. You don’t have to agree to any of it,
if you don’t feel it’s right, I just thought you might be blessed by it.
I also have the section of verses below in the AMP version if you don’t
have a Bible near you. :-) Pleas feel free to leave your own
opinion on the verses. I love learning and it’s pretty awesome to share
and grow in God’s word together. Enjoy! In His Grace~
– Be Filled!
Just imagine having your personality filled with the Holy Spirit of the
living God and being a body wholly filled with God Himself (see
Ephesians 3:16- 19)! The apostle Paul was a person filled with the Holy
Spirit; he was also a person who forsook all to follow Jesus. Any area
of our lives that we hold back from God is an area where we cannot be
filled with His Spirit. I encourage you to open and surrender every room
in your heart to God. Your time is His; your money is His, as are your
gifts and talents, your family, your career, thoughts, attitudes, and
desires. He wants to be involved in every area of your life: how you
dress, the friends you choose, what you do for entertainment, what you
eat, and so on.
After conversion, Jesus is our Savior, but is
He our Lord? Any area we claim as our own is one we have not surrendered
to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
I lived a defeated life for
many years simply because I was not fully surrendered. I accepted Jesus
as Savior; I had enough of Jesus to stay out of hell, but I had not
accepted Him as my Lord in every area of my life; I had not accepted
enough of Him to walk in victory— and there is a difference.
The blessedness of being filled with the Spirit is clearly visible in
the change in the people’s lives after Pentecost. Peter, for example,
who displayed great fear in not being willing to even admit that he knew
Jesus, became a bold apostle who stood in the streets of Jerusalem and
preached the gospel so fervently that three thousand souls were added to
the church in one day (see Acts 2: 40, 41).
to God brings good change into our lives. Surrendering to Him actually
opens the door to the things we desire, and yet we waste our own energy
trying to obtain access to them our own way. I encourage you today to
surrender every area of your life to God so you may be filled to
overflowing with His Spirit in every way. – Believe BIG...
In the natural, many things are impossible. But in the supernatural
realm with God, nothing is impossible. God wants us to believe for great
things, make big plans and expect Him to do things so great that we are
left with our mouths hanging open in awe. James 4:2 tells us we have
not because we ask not! We can be bold in our asking, and Ephesians 3:20
challenges us to ask for big things.
When our desires seem
overwhelmingly big and we do not see the way to accomplish them, we
should remember that even though we do not know the way, we know the
God has a way for us to do everything He places in
our hearts. He does not put dreams and visions in us to frustrate us. We
must keep our confidence in God all the way through to the end, not
just for a little bit and then give up when it looks as though the
mountain is too big!
It is untold what people can do— even
people who do not appear to be able to do anything. God does not usually
call people what are capable; if He did, He would not get the glory. He
frequently chooses those who, in the natural, feel as if they are in
completely over their heads but who are ready to stand up on the inside
and take bold steps of faith as they receive direction from God.
We usually want to wait until we “feel ready” before we step out, but
if we feel ready, then we tend to lean on ourselves instead of on God.
Know your weaknesses and know God; know His strength and faithfulness.
Remember that He is able to do “superabundantly, far over and above”
everything you could ever dare to ask or think!
This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless
purpose which He has realized and carried into effect in [the person of]
Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 In Whom, because of our faith in
Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free
access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).
13 So I ask you not to lose heart [not to faint or become despondent
through fear] at what I am suffering in your behalf. [Rather glory in
it] for it is an honor to you.
14 For this reason [seeing the
greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow
my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom
all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name].
He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened
and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit
[Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make
His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and
founded securely on love,
18 That you may have the power and be
strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted
people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and
height and depth [of it];
19 [That you may really come] to know
[practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ,
which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be
filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have
the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly
filled and flooded with God Himself]!
20 Now to Him Who, by (in
consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is
able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and
above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest
prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).