I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:16–17 NIV)
God empowers you to successfully do everything he asks you to do. He transforms you inwardly with a growing desire to serve others, and then he gives you abilities to use in carrying out that desire.
The Holy Spirit within gives you the ability to tune into God, to hear him, listen to him and talk with him. God didn’t create you to fail; he created you to succeed once the Holy Spirit energizes your abilities and empowers your efforts.
Perhaps you’ve noticed the small stickers on many computers that say, “Powered by [this brand of chip].” In a sense, you have the “God-chip” powering your life as a follower of Christ. You are empowered by the one and only Holy God, who’s placed his Holy Spirit within you.
Without the God-chip, you simply cannot succeed in the things God calls you to do. With the God-chip, you’re guaranteed to succeed in all God’s called you to do.
God connects with you through the Holy Spirit. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:16–17 NIV).
God energizes your ministry and service to others. In faith, believe God enables you to succeed. Tell God your fears and ask him to replace your fears with faith.
This devotional is based on Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ by Jon Walker.
Saddleback Resources offers a small group Bible study related to these devotionals: The Invisible War-Winning the Battle of Temptation.
Jon Walker is the managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotionals. © 2011 Jon Walker. Used by permission.