As I went back over some of the things I was studying earlier this week, something new stood out to me. So I dug that out a bit by going through various translations on this passage.
The words woke up with this morning were “the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling my innermost being and personalty…” And without this indwelling I won’t be able to grasp His love. My strength in life comes only by He Himself indwelling my innermost being and personalty. Take the time to go through all of these versions and thoughts, and it will change your life.
May He grant me out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling my innermost being and personality… that I may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp what is the breadth and length and height and depth of His love.
I am strengthened with mighty power in my inner man by the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling my innermost being and personality.
This strengthening and reinforcing happens out of the rich treasury of His glory.
Out of His glorious, unlimited resources He gives me the mighty inner strengthening of His Spirit. And Christ is more and more at home in my heart, living within me as I trust in Him. Then my roots go down deep into the soil of God marvelous love so that I am able to feel and understand and experience His love for myself until at last I will be filled up with God Himself (TLB).
From His glorious, unlimited resources He empowers me with inner strength through His Spirit. THEN Christ will make His home in my heart as I trust in Him. My roots will grow down into God’s love and keep me strong. Then I can have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. Then I can experience His love and be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God (NLT).
It takes His inner strength in me for me to trust in Him and for Christ to make His home in my heart. It is only as my roots have grown down into His love that I am able to stay strong. And only then can I experience His love and be made complete with all the fullness of life and power THAT COMES FROM GOD.
I ask Him to strengthen me by His Spirit with a glorious inner strength. Christ will live in me as I open the door and invite Him in. With both feet planted firmly on love, I am able to take in the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. I can reach out and experience the breadth of it and test its length and plumb the depths of it and rise to the heights of it. Only then I will live a full life, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything – far more than I could ever imagine or guess or request in my wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing me around but by working within me, His Spirit deeply and gently within me. (Message)
I can’t live a full (abundant) life or live in the fullness of God until I know His love.
He does all of this by working in me, His Spirit deeply and gently within me. Yes, Lord, work in me.
I’m asking God to give me a gift from the wealth of His glory. I pray that He would give me inner strength and power through His Spirit. Then Christ will live in me through faith. He only lives in me through faith. He only lives in me do the degree I put my faith in His indwelling presence, and this is connected to Him strengthening me in the inner man. I pray also that love is the ground into which I sink my roots and on which I Have my foundation. I pray this so that I may be completely filled with God. (GW)
I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is. My life can only be felled with all that God is to the degree I know His love which is too wonderful to be measured. (CEV)
In the abundance of His glory He will through His Spirit enable me to grow firm in power with regard to my inner self. Christ will live in my heart through faith. Planted in love and built on love I have the strength to grasp the breadth and length and height and depth and know His love – and only as a result of these things can I be filled with the utter fullness of God. (NJB)
God will give me power through His Spirit to be strong in my inner self from the wealth of His glory. Lord, may I have my roots and foundation in love so that I may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep is His love. Yes, may I come to know His love – although it can never be fully known – and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. I can’t’ be filed with His nature unless and until I know His nature – which IS love (TEV)
Knowledge of the love of Christ which is outside all knowledge (this is why it takes a supernatural strengthening in the inner man to get it), so that you may be made complete as God Himself is complete. (BBE)
I can’t understand the nature and love of God on my own. It is beyond human knowledge. It takes a supernatural strengthening in my inmost being for me to see it, understand it, and grasp it. Until recent years, MOST of the church world has operated from a predominately natural place. They haven’t known or understood the wonderful and intense love that God has for us (all of us, for the WORLD not just the church) and therefore have presented a judgmental, rigid, unforgiving God instead of the wonderful and glorious Father that Jesus came to present to us.
Proclaiming judgment and woe and disaster on the world rather than proclaiming the love of God and that God has reconciled the world to Himself and has given His son to save and not condemn is a sign of carnality. It is being out of sync with the purpose of God in this age of grace.
There is a day of judgment coming, but right now God’s man thrust is to get people into His kingdom so that they don’t have to experience judgment. The devil is trying to kill people while God is trying to get them saved. Let’s work with God not the devil.
When I think of the greatness of this great plan I fall on my knees before God the Father (from whom all fatherhood, earthly or heavenly, derives its name), and I pray that out of the glorious richness of his resources He will enable you to know the strength of the spirit’s inner re-inforcement – that Christ may actually live in your hearts by your faith. And I pray that you, firmly fixed in love yourselves, may be able to grasp (with all Christians) how wide and deep and long and high is the love of Christ – and to know for yourselves that love so far beyond our comprehension. May you be filled though all your being with God himself! (Phillips NT)