It is an Inside Job

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I pray that … [the Father] may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being …Ephesians 3:16-17

Every good work starts from the inside. until our inside is good your inside can’t be good. breakthrough inside is breakthrough outside. Throughout the Bible we are reminded of the call to pay attention to our inner life. Consider the surprise of David’s family when David was anointed to be king, even though he wasn’t as impressive as his brothers. The Lord had said, “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Or consider Jesus’ words that we need to be more concerned with what can happen to our soul than what can happen to our body (Luke 12:4-7).

Today’s verses bring the wisdom of Proverbs into our life of prayer. Paul could have prayed for all kinds of external things, including freedom from his prison cell (see Ephesians 6:20). But instead he prays that God will strengthen his readers with power in their “inner being,” with the goal that Christ will live in their hearts. When we have God’s strength “on the inside,” we can handle whatever life throws our way “on the outside.” remember, God only perfects outside, what He has began on our inside. Our lives are ruled from the things that gets into our hearts. If it’s not in our hearts, it won’t be in our lives.

All evil things come from within, but so do all good things. The outward act can be ambiguous and therefore we must look, as God does, upon the inner motivation. The Christian faith is an inside job. The apostle Paul encouraged the Christians at Philippi wit these words: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” Philippians 4:8.

I Declare: My inner man is strengthened with power, I am strong and win always. Because I treasure good things in my heart, my life overflows with goodness.

Ignite Thought: Both victory and failure are an inside job, nobody wins or loses outside without first winning or losing inside.

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