Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Mind-Blowing Moment – and Prayer

Several years ago while dealing with some personal family issues, I came across a Bible verse that was almost mind-blowing! I literally jumped up and shouted, “Lord, I want to experience Your love! I don’t want to just know about it, but instead I want You to fill and flood me with Your presence!”

See if you can resist getting a bit excited after reading this verse:

Ephesians 3:19 (Amplified)

Photo by Dr. Ashraf Fekry (Flickr)
 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! (Emphasis added.)

The thought of actually being flooded with God Himself brought me to tears of anticipation and awe. I was so excited just even imagining the vastness of what I was asking. The joy that followed was astounding. I knew I could handle anything if His presence filled my entire being!

Did it last?

As with most of my spiritual victories, the business of life distracted me, until I gradually returned to a knowledge of Him, rather than daily experiencing His presence and love. But for a while now, and even more since we’ve begun memorizing and daily meditating on Ephesians 3:16-20, I have been enjoying the fullness of God once again!

If you really came to know God’s indescribable love and presence through experience for yourself, how would it change you? Would it change the way you handle stress? How could it transform your prayer life? Your feelings about God, Himself? 

Prayer:
Father, I don’t know if I will ever fully understand Your love! But it is my deep desire to never stop experiencing Your perfect love and presence. I want to be wholly filled and flooded with You! And, Father, – with Your help – I will also commit to pursuing loving You with all that I am.

This week’s goal:
This week, as I continue to meditate on (with the intent to memorize) Ephesians 3:16-20, I will seek to recognize God’s love for me every day, even when I feel stressed, rejected or disappointed. I will also seek to find ways to express my love for God in words and actions, including in the way I love and serve others.

What about you? (Please respond via the comment link.)

  • As we progress in memorizing and/or meditating on Ephesians 3:16-20, one verse at a time, are you gaining a deeper understanding about God’s love for you and others? 

  • Is learning how much God loves you affecting the choices you’re making?

  • If you’ve set different goals for this week to overcome specific behavior or sins, let us know how you’re doing and what Bible verses are helping you. Tell us how we can pray for you.

Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, immediate goals (setting task-related goals), addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)

4 comments:

  1. "I don’t want to just know about it, but instead I want You."

    I remember when you taught me to stop reading about What others said about God and to seek God myself. My first inclination was that you were wrong. Certainly my reading about other's learning experiences were a good thing. But I listened and decided perhaps you were right. Sometimes when we think we know God...perhaps we just know about Him. These two scriptures came to mind, "always learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth"
    2 Timothy 3:7
    and "in that day many will say Lord did we not cast out demons in your name....and He will say, 'depart from me. I never knew you.'" Matthew 7:23

    It was your words with that scripture that sent me on my learning quest to know God and be known by Him. This was truly a life changing endeavor for me. Thank you Sheryl.

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  2. You are so welcome, Barbara. Thank you for your encouraging comment.

    The fact that our huge, all-powerful, mighty God even wanting a relationship with us is so amazing. His constant involvement in every area of our lives testifies of His genuine love for all of us.

    May God richly bless you, Barbara, as you continue dwelling in His Word!

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  3. Beautiful Sheryl...what a lovely experience!!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon!

      Just as I am writing in these posts, memorizing and meditating on these verses are truly changing me.
      Today I prayed that others are joining me in focusing on these verses and experience His awesome love,too!

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