May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
God, who loves us infinitely and sent proof of that love through his son Jesus, gives us hope in our present trials! This hope is based on the CONTINUAL spiritual strength which is given by God Himself through the Son and the Spirit.
KNOW the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 4:19). This speaks to the inner power resulting from God dwelling in the believer’s heart. This comfort comes from a source that does not tire, does not give up, does not feel defeat, and does not fear. Lean in to these attributes from which you are not naturally inclined, and let God do the miraculous from the supernatural power residing in you.
The power of Christ in us, testifies to our own spirit as to the reality of the endless compassion He has toward us. This realized compassion results in a comfort to our hearts which then enables a stable heart. Our hearts shall not behave like the ebb and flow of the tide waters! We have been filled by Him (Colossians 2:10) and shall operate out of the fullness of that power! When the tide flows in we have hearts full of joy and expectancy. Several hours later as the tide ebbs out, our hearts feel inadequate and we feel sorrowful and defeated. This should not be! Jesus is always with us (Hebrews 13:5) so our hearts have no excuse. There is no need for our hearts to ebb and flow like the tide. Our hearts shall remain full in Jesus name!
So how then are we to behave? We are to be imitators of God, as dearly loved children (Ephesians 5:1). We do not act our of our circumstance, or out of our feelings, or out of our stronghold (see “DIVAs fight!” post). We imitate God because we are dearly loved children! Children imitate.
Fix your heart on Jesus, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7) for He is your hope for change. He is your source of comfort. He is your source for spiritual strength. He is your delight from which you learn to be delightful. You have heard this verse before but I pray it will fall fresh on you today. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire (Psalm 37:4). A heart fixed on Jesus. A heart that does not ebb and flow. A heart, my friend, that loves.