A Love based spiritual relationship gets turned into a legalistic religion anytime Faith is Not the means to believe! This is why works must Not be seen as a measuring post or any form of evaluation marker. This is also why satan and his bag of tricks wants cement in the head instead of Rest in the soul!
Vs. 16 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,”
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” – Ephesians 3:17a
Faith is resting in what we can’t see about what we don’t know and as that Faith grows so grows a Peace that passes All understanding in what we can’t see and don’t know!
This Faith if placed in a religion or denomination quickly becomes a legalism that binds the heart, steals the soul and robs the victim of a Joy based relationship and supplants it with event based emotionalism.
The key to Faith is for us to understand “BIG GOD – His credit” card an earlier devotional in this series based on vs. 16 of this same chapter. God has riches beyond your wildest dreams because God Is All Powerful and God Is Love and God Radically Loves you – as such each and every moment, person and thing in your life is exactly the way it should be because He allowed it – Rest in His riches and this Faith based knowledge!
In this Faith – In this Rest there is complete Peace because there is complete Trust that He is God, He Only wants us wants best for us and that is to grow in Love to be more like Him – and GOD IS LOVE!
Jesus didn’t come to condemn or to scream at homosexuals or abortion doctors or be involved in politics or to start wars or to build fortress church – JESUS CAME TO LOVE! JESUS CAME TO SAVE! JESUS CAME TO SET THE CAPTIVE FREE! JESUS CAME TO HEAL THE SICK! And we are all captives under the law and we are All sick under the law!
Here is a simple meditation to hide in your heart. I have said this in bunkers as explosions went off around me and in hospital rooms as I watched a loved one die. This is to remind us and teach us to rest in He Whose Power controls ALL things and He Who Loves us with an everlasting and unconditional Love that defies human reason and ability to describe because its Gods Love and not a cheap human knock off. Find a time and a place when you can have a little quiet and just be still, sit in a relaxed dignified manner and:
Breathe in and say:
“Lord let me Rest”
Breathe out and say:
“In Your Power”
Use this whenever you need a reminder or practice it for several days and let Faith in the unseen, eternal and unconditional Love of God grow in you!