A few years ago after reading Ephesians 3:19, I was filled with so much emotion that I literally stood up and prayed the verse out loud.
See if you can resist getting a bit excited after reading it (in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition):
“[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]!”
The thought of actually knowing, through experience, the love of Christ – and being flooded with God Himself – brought me to tears of anticipation and awe. I was so excited about what I read in that verse. Then as I prayed the words, a sweet joy filled me. I could hardly imagine the vastness of what these words could mean for me if God were to grant my prayer!
It was a magnificent moment.
Did it last?
As with most of my spiritual victories, the business of life distracted me, until I gradually returned to just knowing that God loved me, rather than the daily experience ofHis love.
However, lately I have been drawn back to Ephesians 3:16-21. Have you read those verses lately? I plan to spend the next several weeks on that glorious part of Ephesians with you. I’m hoping we will all come to appreciate more the love of Christ and be filled (even flooded) with His presence.
As we really come to know and experience God’s incredible love and presence, it will change us.
It will change the way we handle stress, the way we make our choices – and it will transform our prayer life. Consequently, our days will be magnificently different.
Let’s begin praying now for God to prepare us for what He will be doing in (and for) us these next several weeks.
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of a new blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can email Sheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.