One of my earnest prayers and desires for God's congregation at Union City is what Paul prayed for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:17-19. In those verses, Paul prays that the Church at Ephesus would be "rooted and grounded in love" and that they would "know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge." It is my prayer and desire that you would (1) be rooted and grounded in love and (2) set your mind on that love.

What does Paul mean when he prays that the Ephesians would be "rooted and grounded in love." Was Paul referring to their love for each other? To their love for themselves? To their love for God? No. Paul was referring to God's love for them.

The Apostle Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be established in the love of God. How does a person get established in the love of God? Well the Apostle John says something similar in 1 John 3:16, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us." In order to be established in God's love you have to (1) know that God loves you and (2) believe in that love.

No man is saved (established in God's love) because he knows some things to be true. Just because you know who Jesus is, just because you know what Jesus did, just because you know some facts about the Bible and about God, that doesn't mean that you are saved. Jesus said that we must be born again. Being born again is when we move from knowledge to belief.

Being born again is when we receive (put our faith in) the gift of God's salvation extended to us in Jesus Christ. Being saved is when we say, "I know that I am a helpless sinner, I know that Jesus is the wonderful God, I know that Jesus paid the penalty for my sin by dying on the Cross and that he came back to life on the third day, God showing thereby that He accepted Jesus' payment, now I RECEIVE that free gift of God's salvation, I BELIEVE I am right with God because of Jesus Christ." In other words, being saved is when we personally receive and believe what we know to be true.

So, Paul prays that the Ephesians would be "rooted and grounded in love," in other words he prays that they would have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, but notice, he doesn't stop there! Paul also prays that they would "know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge."

Just because you are saved, just because Jesus lives inside of you, that doesn't mean that you automatically have the joy of your salvation, the peace that passes all understanding, and the strength of the Holy Ghost to live lives of victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil, every day. You must tap into what is in you!

Just because a person has a faucet inside their house or a refrigerator full of bottles of water doesn't mean they won't die of thirst. Unless that person drinks the water they could still dry up. We have God living inside of us and we have the privilege of being mindful of that truth every moment of every day. If we take our minds off the love of Christ we dry up. Just like Peter walking on the sea of Galilee, if we take our focus off of Jesus, we sink.

What is your focus? My prayer for Union City is that we would be born again by the love of God and live lives of victory as we stay focused on Jesus Christ. That we would be (1) "rooted and grounded" in God's love for us through Christ Jesus, and (2) that we would "know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge."

Henry David Thoreau said "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." God has made us more than conquerors through Christ and wants you and I to live lives of Victory and let the son of God within us come out.

Colossians 3:1-3 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."

David

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