Devotional for Wednesday September 30th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “It’s too much for just one month.”
 
Once the Lord has helped me to settle on a theme to write daily devotionals about each month, I then take a notepad and begin jotting down ideas. I keep that notepad handy, and I continue to add to it every day as I come across Bible verses, or good illustrations, or stories and examples that apply.
 
Once that theme is in my head, it’s amazing how much useful material I come across in my own Bible study, or in research and writing of sermons, or in books that I’m reading, or in the newspaper, or just from observing life. As a result, I always have a rich supply of ideas and material, to the point that each day I have to sort through it to pick what I want to use for that day’s devotional message.
 
Usually at the end of each month I have some material and ideas left over that I just wasn’t able to include. That’s normal. However, for this month’s theme about the love of God, the month is over and I still have eleven pages of notes and ideas that I haven’t used. Eleven pages! That’s because, as Paul alluded to in Ephesians 3:17-19, the love of God is so wide and high and deep that it surpasses knowledge. In other words, it is more extensive than we can possibly comprehend. In fact, we can hardly scratch the surface of it in a month of devotional messages.
 
So, we need to continue our study about the love of God for another month. There’s just too much left to say, too much still to explore and embrace and experience. Let me conclude this morning by sharing with you Paul’s full prayer for the Ephesian Christians, of which verses 17-19 were just a small part. Here’s his full thought:
 
“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us – to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen.”
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim     
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