Layers – Part 3

God has a divine order for things, but sadly, it is often overlooked.

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Ephesians 3:16 – That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

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After recognizing the foundation of the Word and prayer upon which you are laid, and then stepping into the process of discovering your true identity in Christ, that next layer that begins to unfold is your development of strength that comes by Holy Ghost in the inner man.  To be strengthened is to be made stronger.  In this case, the strengthening is the direct work of Holy Ghost in the human spirit.  What the believer must do in this scenario is to connect with Holy Spirit in a manner that not only allows this strengthening, but in fact, deliberately sparks it. 

It begins at the point of the new birth, but that is only the beginning.  That first encounter with Holy Ghost is the same power of God that was released through Holy Spirit at the resurrection of the Lord.  Oh, that every Christian would read and fully walk in the blessing of Acts 1:8, being filled (baptized in) with Holy Ghost, and by that, receiving the great power of that wonderful work of grace.  Jesus promised that wonderful gift to every believer who would ask and believe.  And once again, I write concerning the awesome power that comes into the believer’s life after receiving the baptism in Holy Ghost.

That power of which I write today is further enhanced by obedient action of the believer, especially as it relates to praying and worshipping in the Spirit.  Paul writes that when one prays in the Spirit, and that means praying in tongues as Holy Ghost gives the utterance, the believer edifies himself.  The word edify means to build up, to strengthen.  We further read in Jude 20 these wonderful words; “But you, beloved, building up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”  Do you see it?  When one prays in the Holy Ghost, that person strengthens himself.  Such prayer is as close to the Father as one can come, for when one prays in the Spirit, he speaks mysteries to God that originate from Father’s heart and are His perfect will.  Paul also spoke of singing in the Spirit.  In that case, we are talking about praise and worship, which is communicating with Father.  Keep in mind that when you are communicating with Father, whether by petition and supplication, agreement, intercession, or praise and worship, such communication is properly called prayer.  While any prayer can refresh and encourage one’s whole being, when one prays in the spirit, they “build themselves up on their most holy faith.”  Many times in prayer, one may think that their faith is the problem, when it may be their failure to strengthen themselves to stand in their faith rather than fainting.

Manna for Today – Ephesians 3:14-21; John 17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 14:4; Jude 20; Luke 11:13

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