I just have to say, GOD IS GOOD.
I have just returned home from the women's retreat I told you about on Friday. God was wonderfully present, amazingly powerful, and extremely purposeful. His gifts were too many to count. But I am going to try to unwrap them for you so that you can share in them, too.
Three words stuck with me personally all weekend. I shared them with a few people, but mainly tucked them deep in my heart for myself and asked God to continue to unfold their meaning for me.
Walk in what, God? Walk in your footsteps? Walk in a door? Walk in peace? Walk in love? Walk in what, God?
WALK IN IT.
Since the end of March, I have been memorizing and meditating on the rich verses of Ephesians 3: 14 - 21.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
These first five verses have permeated my very being with the vastness of God's love for me. How this kind of love beats out every bit of head knowledge I have about God's love. It is a heart thing. This love fills us up so much with God's heart that we don't NEED anything or anyone else. So hard to comprehend this. But I try.
Then I began to get excited about the last two verses. The idea that MY GOD IS ABLE. That His work is immeasurable. That He is not limited to my queries or my imagination. And He uses us to accomplish His work because He has empowered us with the kind of power that raises the dead! He is able and He is glorified.
I used these verses when I spoke to a church in Caracas, Venezuela in May. At a Kids Camp in June, I spoke on these same verses. And then again, at Bethesda Baptist's Homecoming Service, just a week ago. God has planted me here in Ephesians 3 and hasn't let me leave for some time now. But this weekend, it was the three words.
WALK IN IT.
Still not knowing exactly what this meant, I decided to do a word search for walk in the New Testament. Of course, with that word being so common, there were lots of references. But the Lord had me land on this one:
I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. (Message Version)
You know where these verses are? Ephesians 4: 1-6. Yes. The very next verses after the ones I have been planted in for six months or more. I think that God wanted me to realize His great love for me and believe that He is able...before I could walk on this road He has called me to travel.
I've got my bags packed, God. Full of your love and power, I am ready to WALK...EVEN RUN IN IT. Help me to run with humility and discipline, not allowing the enemy to speak lies of inadequacy or condemnation. Let me pour out myself on behalf of others. Let me walk in it with You at my side.
Do you know the vastness of His love for you? Do you know that He is able to...? And are you walking in His calling for you? Stay tuned...we will talk more about this on Wednesday. Please comment and allow me to pray for you.
Unwrapping the gift of walking in it,
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