For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV)

Our spiritual life must be characterized by the fullness of the Holy Spirit, or we will be ineffective in prayer and ministry to others. It’s helpful to ask God on a regular basis to be strengthened in our inner being as the Apostle Paul prayed. This strength comes from God’s word, his Spirit, and the community of believers. Our past experiences with the Holy Spirit will not be sufficient for our daily need for spiritual strength. We must seek to dwell in God’s presence every day.

Many of us point to what God has done for us and through us in the past, only to neglect to seek him for a new work of grace (power) in our lives today. There is a brightness to the soul of a person that is full of God’s Spirit that can sometimes be felt or even seen on the countenance of faithful believers. There is a fire in the soul of a person whose “food and drink is to do the will of the Father.” (John 4:34)

It is important not to grieve the work of God’s Spirit in our hearts if we desire greater intimacy with Jesus, and a transformed life. Even though our outer person is in the process of decaying, our inner self is being renewed by the Holy Spirit daily.(2 Cor. 4:16) The purpose of this inward renewal is to know and love Jesus better, and to minister his life and love to others.

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