The Next Chapter of You!

Ephesians 3:17-20 The Passion Translation (TPT)

We could camp out on these verses for all of eternity! They are that rich! Get excited! God has something to speak to you through these verses!

17 Then, by constantly using (expending) your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of His love will become the very source and root of your life.

Activate your faith. Implement your faith!  Look at Jesus, the Author and Perfector of your faith.

His love becomes your identity and the very core of your life! You and I can live wholeheartedly in His love every day. But, you must exercise your faith believing He is with you, He is for you and is always loving you!

By walking out your faith in Jesus, He is unrestricted to work in you! Faith can change any of life’s challenges! 1 John 5:4 (TPT) says, “You see, every child of God overcomes the world, for our faith is the victorious power that triumphs over the world. 5 So who are the world conquerors, defeating its power? Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”

 When we lift our heads and hearts to see Jesus as an act of faith, He will change our situation in a moment…with His love, a word of encouragement, a picture of who He truly is in your life!

A Faith acronym I like to remember when I try something new, or when Jesus asks me about my faith: F-Favored A-Assurance I-In  TThe  HHoly of holies! You and I already have His favored assurance that He loves us and He is for us.  He will never leave nor forsake us! His wide, long, and high love will be released deep within you as you believe Him; what He whispers to your heart and believe what He has done on the cross for you! Let your faith arise even now!

Oh, the resting place of His love! (vs. 17) Doesn’t this sentence just relax you as you read it?  Where is your resting place as you sit with Jesus, the lover of your soul? When do you feel most at ease with yourself and others? I bet Jesus is with you (as He always is) and yet at times you can have a profound sense that He is near, in the secret place where He shares His heart with you. Is it a spot in your home or when you’re out walking or running in nature? Once you’ve tasted His sweet love in your heart you will desire it more and more. He loves to share His astonishing love with us.

As we sit with Him, He shares how to deal with life’s situations. He whispers love, joy, peace and unconditional love into our hearts. He knows you intimately, so why not pour out all of your hurts, disappointments, sadness, love and joy? He will meet you at your deepest need and fill you to over flowing with the fullness, richness and completeness of God! He will make you complete and satisfied in Him!

His love changes EVERYTHING! Just one word, one thought, one impression from the heart of Jesus speaks volumes! His thoughts cause me pause and ponder all that He is teaching me. His voice of love removes our limitations! We need to align ourselves to Him when He speaks. Pursue Him passionately with a focus on the One who ardently loves and pursues you!

Eph. 3:18-19 (TPT) “Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is His love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understandingthis extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!”

20 “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest requestyour most unbelievable dreamand exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for His miraculous power constantly energizes you.” Praise Him! His miraculous power constantly energizes you and helps you with another day! He has amazing plans and dreams in store for you! They are beyond your wildest imagination, verse 20 says! Since, I’m not one to argue with scripture, I’m going to believe Jesus in faith! How about you? Ask Jesus to do more than you could ask, think or imagine!

You probably recognize the NIV version of Eph. 3:17-20. “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 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, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

1 John 5:20 (TPT) “And we know that the Son of God has made our understanding come alive so that we can know by experience the One who is true. And we are in Him who is trueGod’s Son, Jesus Christ—the true God and eternal life!”  He makes our understanding about Jesus come alive, so we can know Him by experiencing Him, the One who is true, right and worthy! This is the next chapter of you! You are growing in faith in Jesus and what He is doing in your life! Believe Him! Get excited! He is expanding your faith!

Let’s Pray:

Oh, Lord! Thank you for making my understanding come alive so I can know and experience YOU, my One true God who builds our faith and helps me moment-by-moment! I want to walk and move in your reality; not mine! Lord, I receive your deep, astonishing, never ending extravagant love through the power and grace of Holy Spirit living within me. I take delivery of anything you want to bless me with, beyond my wildest imagination! You are a great God! I love you and praise you, Amen.

With love and thanks for reading!

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Inspirational Song: “Spirit Lead Me” by Influence Music

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