In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, Ephesians 3:12-15
Being a Christian is not an easy walk, there will be many times when you are discriminated against possibly even persecuted. We have the daily struggle of “walking in the Spirit and not of the flesh” It’s a daily struggle to carry our crosses and follow Christ with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. So how can we accomplish this? It’s only through Christ!
As the Apostle Paul said famously “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) I know this scripture has become cliche for sports athletes and others, but this scripture should be a way of life for us. Because without Christ we can’t please or serve God. Without Christ we are not capable of being saved or fulfilling our higher calling. It’s only through Christ that we are saved and we are capable of doing anything for Gods will. This should be our starting point every day when we wake up in the morning, because of Christ we have boldness and confidence by faith!
There will be tribulations, there will be times of trouble, as the Apostle Paul said “don’t faint” at these, don’t become tired and weary of the journey. Those who wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31)
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21
The Apostle Paul goes on to pray for the Christians of Ephesus, “that they might be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in the inner man” The Holy Spirit will equip us to become sanctified as Born Again believers in Christ. The Holy Spirit will empower us to produce fruit for the Kingdom of God. Our inner strength comes from God, Father , Son, and Holy Spirit.
According to the power that worketh in us, what power is this? This is the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. This is why Jesus said “You must be Born Again” (John 3:3) You can’t become Alive in Christ until the Holy Ghost breathes upon your Dry Bones! Amen!