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November 14, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – NOV 15

by Leslie John

THE INNER MAN

Leslie M. John

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 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, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

The “inner man” is the real self, a combination of spirit and soul; and thus man’s body consists of outer body, which is flesh, the spirit, which is the breath of life, and the soul is the actual man inside the body.

In this passage Paul lays emphasis on the necessity of regularly strengthening, refreshing of inner man in us by the might of His Spirit. In order that inner man is spiritually nourished it is imperative that we allow Lord Jesus Christ to occupy the whole of our heart rather than conceding limited access.

If we are serious to improve the quality of our Christian life, it is essential that we allow our Lord to control our lives, and cast our entire burden on Him in order that He may take care of us fully. We should give Him full authority to lead our lives. What a great peace and joy it would be to cast upon Him our entire burden in order that He may lead our lives. When He takes charge of our lives and leads us in this world we will overcome the temptations of this world.

ON KNEES WHILE PRAYING

Apostle Paul bows on his knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and prays for the believers at Ephesus Church, which he planted by the grace of God, that the Lord may grant them, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened in the inner man with the might of Holy Spirit.

In all cases of intense meditation before the throne of grace, it is better that we find a place, or close the door of the room, and kneel down and pray to the Lord. As far as possible, and as the situation and time permits, our prerogative should be to bow down on our knees and pray. Nevertheless legalistic approach making it mandatory to kneel while praying is wrong. It is the bowing down of the heart to the Lord that matters rather than physical posture that we adopt.

ONE FAMILY

God is our Father, to whom belong all those who have received salvation. We are called the “children of God”, as one family whether they are in heaven, or on earth. The children of God as we are, we are entitled to be granted to be strengthened in our inner self, according to the riches of His glory. The outer body deteriorates gradually and ends up in grave. We are made of dust and to dust we will return; yet because we are “born-again” children of God, we will be raised in our spirits, and in our glorified bodies, when the Lord comes again to be with the Lord forever and ever.

FAITH IN THE LORD

Our desire should be to be rooted and grounded in love by faith in Lord Jesus Christ. Our endeavors should be to comprehend, along with all His saints, the breadth, the length, the depth and height of His love. Our deeds falls too short when we understand the true love Lord Jesus Christ shown on the Cross. Lord Jesus bore our sins upon Him and died on behalf of us, in order that salvation may be available for everyone who believes that He is the Lord, and God raised Him from the dead. Escape from hell-fire and receive everlasting life by fulfilling that one criterion.

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