Power Through His Spirit- Reflections on a Sunday with God

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 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 3.14-17a

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” -Romans 12.1

At 7:30am I lifted up a prayer that God may remove any burden of sin I may be feeling at that time, any feelings of unworthiness which would separate me from Him, so that I may serve Him well this day. At 8:45am a wave swept over me, warming my insides and doing just as I’d asked. By 6:15pm I sat in the sanctuary, after teaching two lessons of my own, hearing one sermon and sitting through one Sunday School class, and all I could feel in worshiping at this time was the tingling hug of the Spirit around my body.

So many Sundays come and go without so much fanfare. Today was nothing special to begin with, but for whatever reason, on this day the Lord moved in my heart in ways that are hard to explain. Nothing really changed, and yet the impact of being in His presence this day was so great. The knowledge of His glory and power and mercy and grace was so satisfying that it was all that consumed my thoughts.

My day to day life is filled with distractions at all places, making the attributes of God a mere intellectual exercise to talk about. But for one day, those things which I try to pin down through reading and writing fine words became so real and so inexpressible that I understand why I so infrequently get it. Words are not nearly enough.

Standing there with that feeling makes me understand why David dances unashamedly before the Lord and declares that “I will make merry before the LORD. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this” (2 Samuel 6.16-22). It is in feeling this that I understand Jeremiah who says “If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jeremiah 20.9). My whole body wants to dance and proclaim the greatness of God! How amazing!

I know that very shortly I shall sin, become distracted and lose focus on this indescribable moving which God has done in me. But for the moment I am grasped by the love of Christ, which fulfills my soul and surpasses my knowledge (Ephesians 3.19), and all I can be is thankful for what He has done! Hallelujah!

2 Responses to “Power Through His Spirit- Reflections on a Sunday with God”

  1. anglhugnu2 Says:

    “Today was nothing special to begin with, but for whatever reason, on this day the Lord moved in my heart in ways that are hard to explain. Nothing really changed, and yet the impact of being in His presence this day was so great.”

    Your day was something special, this time around….and here is why it was so.

    Every so often we enter into prayer not really certain about the outcome of such requests. The hectic pace of our lives usually leaves our prayers to the moments that seem fleeting. We know God loves us…BUT, we somehow seem to beleive He may be just to busy to take our call.

    Then there are those times like your morning conversation with God. A time when you truly were open to be willing to learn something, to listen to the class instruction, to follow the outcomes of your day and gather in the Good News available to you right here and right now.

    In other words, God is always “moving your heart, BUT, we rarely take the time to listen to the response because of those “other things” into which we take interest. Little do we realize how many times The Father’s response patiently repeats itself waiting for us to catch a clue of its presence.

    You’re a very special, gifted, honest, and sincere person to have taken the time, on this day, to learn how truly connected you are with The One (God) that loves you so….always.

    Each and everyone of us lives with a certain version or vision for how we THINK love and life with God is supposed to work. In many ways we simply can’t help believing the way we do because, after all, that is how we’ve been taught to believe.

    Eventually, all persons come to a place where the phrase “Lord, teach me” is spoken, in some genuine measure or form, We turn on the love light within to see what is truly available for us to genuinely appreciate, understand, and ultimately love the relationship with have with what is truly great in Love…..God.

    You’re a good man….keep listening there is sooo much more.

    Peace

    AngllHugnU2
    Author of IM with God

  2. Brian Jolle Says:

    I read this with great joy! I experienced this my first year at Boyce College (at Southern Seminary). Blaise Pascal shared in this experience too from what I understand and sewed this note in his jacket afterwards so he would never forget it. The note said something to this effect “Fire, fire, fire! Not the God of the philosophers, but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

    The lack of this experience after having tasted it can be a cause of spritual depression (like Elijah soon after his Mt. Carmel experience). But, it has also been of great assurance to me if difficult times of faith. Thanks for sharing it.

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