Getting Filled Up - Living this Great Life
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored. (Ephesians 3:12–13, NLT)
God’s desire for us is the fullness of the Spirit.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (Ephesians 3:14–16, NLT)
The fullness of the Spirit comes from understanding the rich love of God.
Ephesians is divided into two sections.
- Who we are in Christ.
- Who we can be because of Christ.
Paul’s prayer is that if we can truly understand who we are in Christ, we can become all that God intended us to be.
May you have power to understand… God’s love.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. (Ephesians 3:18, NLT)
May you experience… the love of Christ.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. (Ephesians 3:19a, NLT)
The fullness of the Spirit gives us the full life and power of God.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Zoe - Life
Dunamos - Power
The fullness of the Spirit leads to an “infinitely more” kind of life.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:19b-20, NLT)
Some questions to ask that will help you to experience this infinitely more kind of life.
- Is there anything in your life that would hinder the working of the Holy Spirit in you?
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. (Ephesians 5:15–16, NLT)
Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:17, NLT)
- Is there anything in your life that has control over you aside from the Holy Spirit?
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18, NLT)
- Is Jesus at home in your heart?
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (Ephesians 3:17, NLT)
Getting Filled Up
Study Guide for Individuals and Groups
What examples of “love of power” or “power of love” have you experienced in your life?
Read Ephesians 3:14-16.
What do you think it means to be strengthened in your inner being?
What resources does God have to do this?
Read Ephesians 3:17.
What characterizes someone in whom Christ dwells?
Why do you think Paul prays that love would be their root, their firm foundation?
Read Ephesians 3:18-21.
Paul prays that they would know God’s love. How does he describe that love?
How do God’s actions confirm His love for us?
What truth is most meaningful to you as you think about Paul’s prayer for believers in Ephesians 3?
Using Paul’s prayer as a model write down ways that you can intercede for people in your life this week.
Share these things with your group and pray together.