The Blessing of Spiritual Stability
Book of Ephesians 3:14-21
Stability can be defined as: Steadiness; stableness; firmness of character; strength to stand without being moved or overthrown.
We live in a world of hopelessness. This is another great reason why we cannot allow the world to get into our places of worship.
Hopelessness is a state of being desperate, being without hope of any kind.
As the Apostle Paul continued to write such graceful words, guided by the Holy Spirit, some people could look at his situation, in prison and awaiting execution, and decide that there was not a great future in this thing called being a Christian.
The Apostle Paul understood the thoughts of such a people, but we must realize that the benefits of having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ far outweighs the hopelessness of not knowing our Savior!
Another great thing we will learn in this passage is that the church that prays together, stays together!
The greatest prayer in the Bible is the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ in Chapter 17 of the Book of John.
The model prayer, the Lord teaches us in the Book of Matthew 6:9-13 may be the most quoted prayer in the Scriptures but this prayer of Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit may be the greatest prayer of the Church.
We should also remember how the Lord Jesus Christ prayed for Peter.
Luk 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luk 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Jesus also prayed for this lost world as we should. This world is ignorant of the truth of God!
Luk_23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; “for they know not what they do”.
When Satan has lost any power, he held over us when we gave our heart to Jesus Christ, then Satan still has a great desire to ruin the testimony of each Christian.
The Lord Jesus Christ prayed for the Church.
Here we will see where the Apostle Paul prays for the Church.
It is in our best interest for us all to pray not only for the Church but for each other!
So, let’s hear Paul’s prayer for the Church.
*****Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
If we bow in prayer to anyone or anything other than our Father in Heaven we are committing blasphemy.
Even the Lord Jesus Christ bowed to His Father in Heaven!
We should also realize that this phrase by Paul means we need to have the right attitude of prayer.
There is no specific bodily posture that is necessary for Spiritual worship! For some kneeling may be impossible.
Kneeling denotes humbleness and we must always be humble before our loving but very powerful God!
Kneeling also denotes a desperate need. There is a desperate need for the church to be strong today and we also need to pray as Paul prayed for the church.
We must also have an attitude of submissiveness!
We must submit to the Lord! If we cannot submit to the Lord, then we are not saved!
We can talk to God anytime we so choose, when we have a prayerful attitude.
Even more times than that, we will have a “cause” to go before the Lord.
When we have a specific cause, then we must be willing to explain things very well before the Lord. We can have unspoken request within a body of believers but not when we have a specific request while in our closet!
We cannot say to the Lord, I have an unspoken prayer request even though He already knows!
We have a great need for many things in our war with evil and the things of this world, so one of our greatest needs is the “strength” to deal with them.
We should notice that this prayer of Paul was in the will of God. God wants His Church to be strong against the evils of this world to do this we must be in the will of God.
The safest place for any of us is being in the will of God!
It is God who gave birth to the Church and it is God who will see the Church succeed until the time of the fulness of the Gentiles!
Notice Paul does not just pray to a father but to the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who came into this world to reveal the One true God to us!
Having “faith” in anyone but the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ will yield no results and no salvation!
We must be utterly dependent on this God. Jehovah God of the Bible, the God that saves, there is no other God!
The world may know a god who is distant and unconcerned with humanity but because of the Lord Jesus Christ we can know the true God who likes it up close and personal and in fact will abide within each of us.
When Paul prayed to the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, he prayed to the God who could hear his prayer and then also able to answer his prayer.
Our God is alive!
*****Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
The truth of our God is that He is the Father of every believer from the time of Adam, all those who have trusted in the fulfillment of His promises!
There is the family of angels who have trusted and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ rather than go after Lucifer and there are the “children of God” who have placed their faith in the things of God.
Just think when we get to Heaven, we will not only see the Lord Jesus but, we will see Adam, and Abraham, and David and every Saint that is mentioned in the Scriptures who have gone on Home, before us.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
They may have carried the name Christian on Earth, but they carry the name “child of God” in every location!
Paul knew that to survive the evil in this world would require strength but not just any strength but the strength of God, the Holy Spirit.
*****Eph 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
The Lord Jesus Christ indicated that after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit(Holy Ghost) would begin a new ministry to believers in the Church Age, that was unlike the Old Testament Ages.
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
In the Old Testament, except for a few instances, (Joshua, David and a few others) the Holy Spirit was with the Old Testament Saints, but He was not “within” the Old Testament Saints.
In the New Testament Saint, the Holy Spirit will live within each believer, as a gift from God and He will never leave that believer!
2Co 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
1Th 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit
1Jn 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
This event takes place at salvation!
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
When we have strength that we do not understand. it is because we are endowed with God the Holy Spirit!
1Co_6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Being endowed with the “gift” of the Holy Spirit at “salvation” shows the ownership of God!
This strength is needed not for some miracle like as the time of the Apostles, but this strength is needed by our inner man to take control of our flesh in the name of the Lord!
The glory of God is in Himself and no one can match the resources of God! The strength mentioned here is would be spiritual firmness against the evils of this world.
As Christians we must be “tough” in a Spiritual sense. We must have the energy to come face to face with this world and win!
We win because we are on the “Winning Side”!
Without this strength we could not overcome this body of flesh and we would be wide open to being made useless to God.
Without this strength we would never be able to lay claim to the blessings of God.
Without this strength we would fear everything that the natural man fears!
How do we know God will answer our prayer, He lives within us and the riches of God’s glory are in His Son Jesus Christ?
It says, who do you love? If you truly love the Lord, you will able to receive the riches of God’s glory!
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
God’s “Grace” is sufficient because within us, lies the greatest power in all the universe!
*****Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
The key to be a Christian is for Jesus Christ to dwell in our heart, “by faith”.
We receive the absolute fulness of God into our own spirit with that thing called “faith”!
When we go forth filled with God there is no obstacle we cannot overcome. There is no battle with evil that we cannot win and there is no evil that can break us down!
A.W. Tozer said, “A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man”
When Jesus Christ dwells in our heart then He will rule, and that word dwell means to set up a permanent residence and not a temporary dwelling.
Jesus Christ not only lives within our heart, but He makes us aware of it!
When the entire body of believers of any congregation have such an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, that church will be a force in the community where it resides.
Just as the mighty oak tree is rooted to withstand the nature of this world, each Christian must be deeply rooted in Jesus Christ and each member of each congregation must be deeply rooted in that Church to grow as a weapon in the army of God.
In electrical work, a system of electricity must be bonded, grounded, to make a sure connection, to provide the system to work properly and for the safety of those things that are handled by those who use them.
As Christians we must be bonded to Jesus Christ with a sure connection that will endure forever.
The Love of Christ is that sure connection and it works both ways.
Joh 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
When we look real hard at this prayer of Paul for the Church it was much like the Prayer the Lord Jesus prayed for the church!
When we understand that we have the entire Holy Trinity living within us and through “faith” that power is available to us, we should be able to notice the difference in our actions because it will be God working within us!
We do all these things so as Christians we have the same understanding of the Word of God, God’s love letter to everyone who will believe in “faith”!
*****Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
That word “able” means having sufficient knowledge of God to make the right decisions for the good of the Church.
Having a full understanding of the Spiritual things of God!
God explains His plan repeatedly in most any part of the Scriptures and it this plan that must be down in the inner part of each believer, so each believer can act on this knowledge in this physical world.
These things can only begin once we have the Lord Jesus Christ living in our heart.
We should understand, just because God wanted to, He has done so much for us while we were His enemies, that we just cannot comprehend it all!
God’s love for is such a quantity that it cannot be measured!
Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
Job 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
Job 11:9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
One of our greatest prayers should be for God to increase our understanding of Him!
The more we understand, the simpler it will be for us to be an outreach to teach God’s plan to others and as a body of believers we should all be on the same page.
When we add all these things up, being rooted and grounded, deeply fixed, firmly established in His love, and with one another as He commands, we will also have an amount of “love” that we cannot even fathom!
In fact, this applies to all the things of God!
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
It is obvious, that to understand these things, we must have a close and prosperous and very personal relationship with the Holy Spirit that lives within each of us!
We should also understand that only a very small but a very important part of the words of Christ have been preserved, the rest we will learn when we get to Heaven.
Joh_21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
The vastness of the love and knowledge of the Lord just simply cannot be measured!
The ultimate goal for each believer is to reach the fulness of God, which is perfection!
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
It is only those who are perfect that will dwell with God throughout eternity!
There is nothing that anyone can add to these words! For anyone to detract from this truth, would be an attempt change the truth of God!
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
It is extremely important that we take on the image of Jesus Christ!
Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
To be the image of Christ is so important that it could be said to be the theme of the New Testament and it is!
Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Rom 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
We should surely understand that it is not only the Holy Ghost that lives within us, but the entire Holy Trinity abides within each believer.
The fulness of God is the Triune God!
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
First the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Then the Lord Jesus, the Son and His Father, who is also our Father!
To be saved we must pray to the Lord Jesus Christ that He would move into our Heart.
We must pray to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
Now we see we must pray for the fulness of God to move into our soul!
We are to constantly pray for all these things and the Lord Jesus has already said the Comforter will never leave us, nor would He ever forsake us.
This means the Holy Spirit will never leave us for any reason and this means we cannot lose the gift of salvation that God has freely given to us!
We can miss so many things when we do not study the Scriptures!
So, who can truthfully do all these things?
*****Eph 3:20 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,
Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
It is our “faith” that limits the blessings of God and not that He is able to go far beyond our request!
God simply says, we limit our own blessings for a lack of “faith”!
Jas_4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
We limit our own blessings, but God has no limit to His power!
God is able to go far beyond what we ask of Him!
Jer 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Jer 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
God said if we had enough “faith” we could move a tree:
Luk_17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
In fact, God said if we had enough faith we could move a mountain:
Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
As much as we talk about our faith, the only faith we have is the faith that God gave us to be saved and we must increase our “faith” as we know more about our Savior!
Rom_12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
We ought to be begging God to increase our “faith”!
Jesus said we lacked much fasting in our prayer life.
We must give up something for God to give up something to us!
Food and water sustain our life so, to fast shows God, we are willing to trust Him for our life.
So as Paul closes out this passage, he makes us aware that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask.
The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to live our lives so that we know our prayer will reach into the throne room of God.
God can go far beyond what we ask and believe it or not, God can go far beyond even what we think, but God will only give us what we need to remain in His will even if we ask in the greatest “faith”. Sometimes God’s best answer to our request is “No”!
We know that God first created each us from the elements of the soil, but God could just as well have used stones!
Luk 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
God can even fulfill promises that are humanly impossible!
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
God can subdue all things to Himself!
Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
God can save us to the uttermost!
Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
That power that works within us is the Holy Spirit and it is from Him where this power comes from according to this Scripture and God will never lie to us!
Above all we must remember that God will only do these things if they bring Him the Glory, as it should be!
How long is God to be glorified? Throughout all Ages, world without end!
God lives in infinity and we will soon join Him there!
As these days pass by, let’s do our best not to limit the power of God in our lives.
We need to pray that God will increase our faith and realize that if it is important enough to us then we also need to fast!