For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV
Whenever we apply the monthly flea and tick treatment to the dogs, the directions tell us to keep the dog dry for three days. This last month has provided more rain than sunshine making it quite challenging to ensure that your dog does not get wet. The treatment was applied on the due date and most likely washed off within four hours. I can only pray that enough medication soaked into the skin to kill all pests attempting to hitch a ride on the pups.
Ephesians talks of Christians being rooted and established in love. Paul prays in verse 16 that the Holy Spirit would strengthen us inwardly and that Christ would dwell in our hearts through faith. He wants us to have power and to understand the greatness of God and how extreme his love for us truly is, a love that surpasses knowledge. He doesn’t want this knowledge and realization to run off of us like so much rain but that it would take root in our lives that it might grow, flourish and accomplish God’s purposes.
When the word is presented, we want the truth to sink deep into our hearts. We do not want to be hearers of the word only (James 1:22). Meditation and bible study will help us grow when we apply what we learn. As we concentrate on Jesus, we walk out into the world on a rainy day and have no fear that the word is going to be washed away because it has sunk deep into our spirit. The pests of sin, temptation, negativity and defeat cannot hitch a ride. Greater is he within us than he that is in the world (I John 4:4).
God’s word sinks deep into our heart establishing deep roots that produce fruit and no one will be able to steal it away. God’s spirit will wash over us not off of us, filling us to overflowing with his word. During this rainy season don’t just get wet but be saturated with the love of God.