Thursday, January 9, 2020
Daily Devotion: Strengthened Within
Bible Reading: Ephesians 3:1-17
Key Verse: Verse 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;”
Key Words: strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man
The ability to win spiritual battles does not come from being physically strong, but from the strength given within. Spiritual victories come from the Holy Spirit.
F. B. Meyer once had a firewood factory that employed former prisoners from the local jail. Meyer would give them a job to do, would pay them good wages, give them a place to live, and would encourage them spiritually. In exchange, he expected them to be good employees. If they were not, he lost money and would have to fire them. Meyer did have to fire many of them, and the process of doing so grew wearisome; so Meyer purchased a circular saw powered by a gas engine. In one hour it turned out more work than could all the combined efforts of all the men during one day.
One day Meyer had a little conversation with his saw, “How can you turn out so much work?” he asked. “Are you sharper than the saws used by man?”
“Is your blade shinier?”
“What then? Better lubrication against the wood?”
The saw’s answer, could it have spoken, would have been, “I am stronger because of the driving force behind me.”
Meyer observed later that many believers are working in the power of the flesh, in the power of their intellect, their energy, their enthusiastic zeal – but without effect. They need a greater force behind them. They need the power of the Holy Spirit.
What to do:
✞ Be energized in the inner man by the Holy Spirit. This comes through a right relationship with God, by focusing on Jesus and doing what we do for God’s glory. It comes from witnessing and desiring to see souls come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
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