This Prayer Will Make All of Us Stronger ~ blog

How do I know that? Will praying this prayer really make us stronger? Well, I have this strong tendency to just make things up…oops that isn’t true…anymore. I know it is true because it is a prayer directly from the Bible. It is the prayer by Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus and I believe it is one of the main prayers we need to add to our devotional time each morning…

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory HE may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, , and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3…

Wow, there is a lot of meat on that bone. Notice what Paul is praying for them that we should be praying for ourselves and each other. He is asking the Father to strengthen them with power from the Holy Spirit in their inner being. And in doing that it will impact the reality of Christ dwelling in their hearts through faith and when that happens a lot more good things will happen.

First, it is going to help us all to experience being rooted and grounded in love. I think this is a major thing for all of us who have become addicted to porn and sex. We have rooted and grounded our flesh in sex. We think about it many times a day when trying to go to sleep, or every time we go outside of into a store…we seem to always be on the hunt because we have strengthened our lusts instead of our love. Or, we have caused ourselves to be strong in wanting porn and sex and weak in our love for the Lord and our love for our spouses, and family.

Isn’t that correct? It was true for me when I was in my addiction, and I learned that I needed power from the Holy Spirit in my inner being. And as He began to transform me in this area several things began to happen…but note it was not instant. It was something I had to work on for a long time before I began to see the effects of His work.

As I became rooted and grounded in His love, I wanted more of Him and less of sex. And as I grew in my comprehension of God’s great love for me, I began to stop thinking that He was against me because of my sin. That He was angry and disappointed in me, and I was an utter failure according to His expectations.

However, when I realized that God can have no unfulfilled expectations for us before we were created…because He is God…He knows all things and has always known all things …He knew all my sins but chose to make me one of His children anyway. No unfulfilled expectations when you know everything. Knowing every time I would choose to sin but loving me in spite of me…choosing me because He has always and will always love me. And the same is true for you.

And I think that place of condemnation is a pandemic in porn-addicted Christians. Our enemy wants us to focus on our sin and not on our Savior. He is working on keeping us in the Room of Condemnation pointing out to us every picture of every sexual sin we have committed. But you are in the wrong room. In your rush to get back into the porn room and stay there a little longer…one more time…the last time which has never been the last time. You missed the big sign on the door. A blood-red cross, on a white sign 6 feet high with the word FORGIVEN across the top and NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE IN CHRIST written across the bottom.

That my friends is a room we are not supposed to be in. Does not God Himself say…

“Your Sins and Lawless deeds I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE!!!”

This battle inside us is strong and the antidote we all need daily is to be strengthened in our inner being…to always remember how much God loves us. And this is a prayer the Holy Spirit will be delighted to answer for you and in you.

There is another room for us. It is the room in which God wants us to dwell. It is the room where our Savior and Lord sits on His Throne of Grace, and He is beckoning us to come before Him with confidence to receive help in our time of need. But this is not just any room.
It is a universe because there is no ceiling to His love for us. There is no floor because we can never fall out of His love for us. And there are no walls because it is impossible to go around and outside of His love. The text tells us this…

“…have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,”

And do you know what can happen when we are praying to the Spirit to strengthen us in our inner being so that we can begin to know more of this love that is endless…

“…that you may be filled
with all the fullness of God.”

His fullness easily fills our emptiness. His presence is always there to fill our loneliness. The Porn Room is always beckoning us to come in but is never fulfilling. It takes life away from you and causes things to die.

The Jesus Room is always open, and He is always available. In fact, I think I saw you on His schedule…

Lastly, we are told by doing these things focusing on His Love instead of Your Lust will to this…

“…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God!!!”

All of us need to be having more of that…filled with all the fullness of God…despite our sins.

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