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—
(Ephesians 3:16-17 )
“So that Christ may dwell”...
Christ does dwell because He is my salvation, but yet there is more to this verse than just salvation. He lives inside me, but dwelling seems to imply more than simply living.
It seems yet again as I study what it means to “dwell”, I am returned to the idea of humility. As I humble myself before the Lord, he will strengthen me. But not just that, he will indwell within me with the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. Through my faith in Christ, I get the power of both Christ and the Holy Spirit continually within me.
If I humble myself and believe...
Its been a long four months of God teaching me what it truly means for him to be my power and strength. Four months of me thinking I was allowing God to be my power and strength only to find myself tired and burnt out. Four months of God picking me back up, reteaching me the lesson, me learning a little bit more how to live it out, and then finding myself tired and burnt out.
I love when God doesn’t give up and keeps working so the message gets deeper and deeper into my soul. And then, Monday night happens and God shows me that I believe deeper than I ever thought possible, and not only believe but walk in that belief and allow Him to truly be my strength and power.
Such wonderful freedom to know that the lesson you have sought after, the knowledge you’ve attained, the prayers you’ve prayed for spiritual growth in an area, to know that God has used that faith in Him to teach me what it looks like to dwell…me in Christ and Christ in me.
The journey makes the second part of the verse even more meaningful
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 3:17-19 )
Filled with all the fullness of God…Dwelling.