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Summary: Paul’s prayer for us to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man

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EXPERIENCING GOD’S FULLNESS

I/ GOD’S POWER STRENGTHENS US:

Ephesians 3:14-16

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, {15} Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, {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;

A. WE ARE STRENGTHENED BECAUSE WE KNOW HE HEARS US !

1 Peter 3:12

For the eyes of the Lord over the righteous, and his ears unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord against them that do evil.

1. Some people pray but wonder if God actually hears their petitions. Their faith falters and fails.

2. We must recognize that God hears the faintest cry of those who love him.

3. The Lord is able to hear us at all times. the psalmist says in Psalms 121:3 "he that keepeth thee will not slumber".

B. WE ARE STRENGTHENED BECAUSE WE KNOW HE HELPS US !

Psalms 121:2 My help from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

1. Many people think their own efforts will see them through

2. We cannot do anything in our own strength. We must have God’s help.

3. The Lord is able to help all who trust in him. He promises in Isaiah 41:10 "be not dismayed; for I thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness".

C. WE ARE STRENGTHENED BECAUSE WE KNOW HE HOLDS US !

Psalms 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

1. Ours is a dangerous world, filled with violence and destruction.

2. There is no place to hide except in Christ. He is our defense and protection.

3. God promises in Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not; for I with thee:"

D. WE ARE STRENGTHENED BECAUSE WE KNOW HE HEALS US !

Exodus 15:26 "And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I the LORD that healeth thee.

1. When Jesus was on earth, he healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, made the lame walk, and forgave sins.

2. The Lord is the same today. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.

3. The Lord is able to hear us, to help us, to hold us and to heal us !

II/ GOD’S PRESENCE

EPH 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

The word "dwell" translates from a Greek verb form that means Paul was praying for Christ to take up permanent abode. He was asking for Jesus to make His home in the hearts of these people. The word "heart" means the center of the will and emotion. Your daughter may approximate this idea when she comes home with an enagement ring and announces, " I love him with all my heart".

III/ GOD’S LOVE

Ephesians 3:18-19

May be able to comprehend with all saints what the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; {19} And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.


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Pastor Archie Bayanon

commented on Nov 3, 2006

your sermon outline is a great blessing to me and to our church...thanks

Charles Lewis

commented on Jul 7, 2007

Thank you Brother Kerr,for the great outline on Experiencing God's fulness

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