TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, October 26, 2020:
Live; reside; abide.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all fullness of God.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The above verses were written by the Apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus and has a wealth of truths in it for us today. At the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior Christ comes into our heart. Christ becomes part of us and begins dwelling in us at that moment. Sin is the barrier between Christ and us that keeps Him from dwelling in us. Christ is only at home with us, and finds comfort and satisfaction with us, when our hearts are cleansed of sin to make room for the filling of His Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us that from the human perspective we cannot understand the fullness of God’s love apart from genuine, Spirit empowered love that comes into our own life when we have Christ dwelling in us. God’s love is immeasurable and surpasses human comprehension.
When Paul refers to the breadth, length, height and depth of God’s love he is not talking about four different features of love but this is an effort by Paul to suggest the vastness and completeness of Christ’s love for us. God’s love is so wide it extends to everyone and covers the breadth of every human experience. God’s love is so long it continues through the length of our lives and from everlasting to everlasting. God’s love is so high it reaches the heights of our elation and expectation raising us up to heavenly happiness. God’s love is so deep it reaches to the depths of our discouragement and despair. The unbeliever can never grasp the greatness of God’s love.
Paul closes these three verses with a prayer that believers know the love of Christ and the fullness of God. The love that Christ has for us is unfathomable and unlimited. The fullness of God is experienced only through total devotion to Him and Jesus, our Savior, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 4:19.
But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Help me to be rooted and grounded in Your Word so that I may be filled with all the fullness of God and that I may know from experience how immeasurable is God’s love. May the power of Your Word shape my life and equip me to share God’s message of love so that others can experience Christ dwelling in them.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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