Ephesians 3:16-17 “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.” (NIV)
You may see a contradiction in your beliefs when you read this verse literally. At salvation, does Christ not dwell in your heart through the Holy Spirit by virtue of your profession of faith in Jesus? This verse appears to create the condition that Christ dwells in your heart when you are strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit in your inner being. Christians often miss this important part of their relationship with Christ causing them to not experience the power of Christ living in their hearts. Christ does live in your heart, but He may not be actively working in your life to the degree He desires. If you live your life so that Christ is partitioned in the spiritual part and not the secular part as well, you are functionally denying the reality of Christ in you and pushing Him off the throne of your life. As David states in Psalm 40:9-10, “I have told all Your people about Your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as You, O Lord, well know. I have not kept the good news of Your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about Your faithfulness and saving power.” Every time you place Christ on the throne of your life by giving Him one more piece of your life, you are strengthened by this step of faith by the Holy Spirit moving with greater freedom and power in you. The Holy Spirit performs His work in
relationship to your submission to Him. The wonderful thing about submitting to Christ is that your faith will normally be strengthened by God’s active work in you, giving you a greater experience of His working in you. When this happens, you will experience a greater realization of Christ’s dwelling in your heart. Do not live a life that compartmentalizes God. God should be active not only in every sphere of your life, but also in every detail.
Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” (NIV)
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