I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,.."

Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

 

The power of Christ, through faith, powers us in our daily life. It enables us to know God and for God to know us. While Christianity is very much a group endeavor, enabling the Spirit is very much a one-on-one activity. It is the knowing of your God within yourself than enables you to love the unlovable and endure the unundurable. It allows you to stand on your own, knowing that God is enough, Jesus is enough and the Spirit is enough. What else could you ever ask for?

I was struck this morning with the Men of Integrity devotion which speaks to this divine relationship. It follows below.

 

Not only does the Holy Spirit increase our capacity to experience and enjoy God, he also increases our ability to connect with God. We have to realize that the Holy Spirit is God's actual Spirit. The spirit is that central and eternal part of ourselves that is our core essence. It is our mind and its understanding, our heart and its feeling. And God has shared that part of himself with us. What a mystery! What a treasure!

The Holy Spirit connects us with the mind of God. In fact, Paul became so bold and pointed in his explanation of how the Holy Spirit connects us to God's mind that he said, "We have the mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:16). The same mind that allowed Jesus to live in perfect relationship with the Father dwells within us. We can connect with God as Jesus did through the Spirit.

What a reversal of absence. We were once shut out from God but now can know his Spirit. We were once cut off from God, but now he can live within us. We used to not know God at all, but now we have his very mind. The presence of God through his Spirit is an astounding mystery—a mystery we will never stop uncovering throughout our entire lives.

 

—David Bowden in When God Isn't There

 

There is no magic in all of this - you just need a deep desire to know God and the peace He gives. If this is your time to respond to His call, just ask Him to lead you toward Him. God assures us that the prayers of an earnest man do not go unheard.