Ephesians 3:19 - Experiencing the Love of Christ and the Fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:19 (NLT) May you experience the 
love of Christ, though it is too great to 
understand fully. Then you will be made complete with 
all the fullness of life and power that comes 
from God.  

Ephesians 3:19 (AMP) [That you may really 
come] to know [practically, through experience for 
yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere 
knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled 
[through all your being] unto all the fullness of God 
[may have the richest measure of the divine 
Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded 
with God Himself]!  


Anchored In Christ
   Roots anchor a plant. They draw water and 
nutrients from the soil and store them, and they also 
transport those elements to the plant's leaves so that 
photosynthesis can occur. The looser the soil, the more the 
root system can spread, improving the plant's 
performance and ability to survive during a dry season. 
As the roots grow, they have a greater capacity 
to absorb water, oxygen, and nutrients from the 
soil. In the desert, some plants have roots that 
are extremely deep so they can absorb water far 
from the thy surface. A South African evergreen 
called Shepherd's tree grows in the Kalahari Desert 
and can have roots up to sixty-eight meters 
   In the parable of the sower (see Matthew 
13), Jesus told a story about seed that was 
scattered on the ground. Some fell on the path and was 
snatched up by birds, while some fell among thorns 
and was soon choked by weeds. Other seed fell on 
rocky places with little soil, and at first it 
grew quickly. But when the sun beat down, the 
little plants withered because they had shallow 
roots or no roots at all - no way to receive 
life-giving water. Only the seeds that fell in good soil 
were able to take full root and grow. 
   As Christians, how do we keep from 
withering? How do we become the seed that produces a 
crop? We do it by putting down roots. In Ephesians 
3:17-19, Paul reminded believers that Christ was 
living in their hearts through faith, and that God 
had "rooted and established" them in His love. 
It was only through those deepening roots that 
they could have any understanding of the 
immensity of that love and what it meant for them. The 
same is true for us. Only by being rooted in 
Christ - connected at our very core, knowing we 
cannot survive without Him - can we begin to grasp 
who He is and what He is like. 
   When we live in Him, study His Word, and 
pattern our lives after His, we receive all the 
"nutrients" we need to grow. We are built up and 
strengthened. His living water sustains and instructs us. 
And as time goes by, we become more firmly 
entrenched in Him, so that we can endure whatever 
comes. We are evergreen. 
   Lord Jesus, thank You that I am rooted 
and established in You. You are building me up, 
strengthening me, and helping me grow. Help me to seek to 
deepen my roots in You every day. [Earth Psalms by 
Francine Rivers re Ephesians 3:17-19] 


Heart Of The Matter
   Look at your hand and make a fist. That's 
about the size of your heart. Protected by your 
ribs, this muscle weighs as much as an apple. Yet 
this amazing organ beats around 100,000 times a 
day and pumps more than 2,000 gallons of blood 
every twenty-four hours. Nearly 60,000 miles of 
blood vessels weave throughout your body, 
delivering blood packed with life-giving oxygen and 
nutrients to all of your organs and tissues. 
   Some blood vessels, such as the aorta, 
can be pretty big. The aorta connects to the 
heart and is the largest artery in the body, 
measuring as big around as a garden hose. But it takes 
ten capillaries, the smallest blood vessel, to 
equal the width of a human hair! 
   God's design of the circulatory system is 
amazingly complex and powerful. But without a heart, 
it doesn't work. If you remove your heart, your 
body dies. In the same way, if you remove Jesus 
Christ from Christianity, then the faith is dead. 
Craig A. Evans, PhD, founded the Dead Sea Scrolls 
Institute and has written or edited more than fifty 
books about Christianity. Evans says the heart of 
Christianity can be summed up in two words: Jesus 
   "So the core message of Christianity ... 
is that Jesus is the Messiah," Evans said. 
"He's God's Son, he fulfills the scriptures, he 
died on the cross ... saved humanity, he rose 
from the dead." 
   Christ is the key to the Christian life - 
just like the heart is key for physical life. And 
when you put Jesus and your heart together, you 
get eternal life. In Ephesians 3:17 the apostle 
Paul writes, "Then Christ will make his home in 
your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will 
grow down into God's love and keep you strong" 
   Isn't it amazing to think that Jesus 
lives in you? The author of life gives you life 
and makes you strong. Put your hand over your 
heart and feel it beating. Then take a moment to 
pray and thank Jesus for giving you life now and 
throughout eternity. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les 
Strobel re vs. 17] 

Experience God's Love
   I sense the Holy Spirit urging me this 
morning to meditate on how much God loves me, and I 
want to urge you to do the same thing. God 
doesn't love us because we deserve it, but simply 
because He is love, and He delights in loving us. 
Although we walk by faith and we don't base what we 
believe on mere experience or what we see with our 
natural eyes, it is nonetheless encouraging and 
energizing when we do see and experience the 
manifestation of our faith. God's Word teaches us to pray 
to experience His Love, and to be conscious and 
aware of His Love (see 1 John 4:16; Ephesians 
   Watch daily for all the ways in which God 
reveals His love for you. It may be in giving you 
favor, or providing something you enjoy, or giving 
you great joy. He can reveal Himself in 
countless ways, and learning how to recognize them is 
not only an exciting adventure, but it also 
feeds and builds our faith. 
   God loves you more than you can imagine. 
He loves you every moment of your life, and He 
is reaching out to you right now with His 
healing and energizing love. Receive it! 
   Father, teach me to recognize all the 
ways in which You reveal Your love to me. Let me 
experience it, enjoy it, and share it with other 
people. [My Time with God by Joyce Meyer re vs. 19] 


   I want you to know the depth and breadth 
of My Love that surpasses knowledge. There is 
an enormous difference between knowing Me and 
knowing about Me. Similarly, experiencing My loving 
Presence is vastly different from knowing facts about 
My character. To experience My Presence, you 
need the empowering work of My Spirit. Ask Him to 
strengthen you with Power in your inner being so that 
you can know My Love in full measure.  
   Since the moment of your salvation, I 
have been alive in your heart. The more room you 
make for Me there, the more I can fill you with 
My Love. There are several ways to expand this 
space in your heart. It's crucial to take time 
with Me - enjoying My Presence and studying My 
Word. It is also vital to stay in communication 
with Me. As the apostle Paul wrote, pray 
continually. This joyful practice will keep you close to 
Me. Finally, let My Love flow through you to 
others - in both your words and your actions. This 
makes My Love in you complete. (Eph. 3:16-19; Acts 
4:12; 1Th. 5:17; 1Jo. 4:11, 12) [Jesus Always by 
Sarah Young] 

   I am before all things, and in Me all 
things hold together. I have always been and will 
always be. All things were created by Me: things in 
heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. I am 
Lord over creation, over the church, over 
everything! Worship Me as your vibrant Lord, the living 
God. I want My loved ones to thirst for Me - as 
the deer pants for streams of water.  
   Do not be satisfied with only thinking 
about Me or knowing Me intellectually. Thirst for 
experiential knowledge of Me, grounded in sound biblical 
truth. Seek to know My Love that far surpasses mere 
knowledge. You will need the help of My Spirit to 
accomplish this.  
   You must be strengthened with mighty 
Power by the Holy Spirit, who indwells your 
innermost being and personality. Invite Him to empower 
and guide you in this amorous adventure. But 
remember that I am the goal of your searching - make 
Me central in your quest. You will seek Me and 
find Me when you search for Me with all your 
heart! (Col. 1:16, 17; Psa. 42:1, 2; Eph. 3:16-19 
AMP; Jer. 29:13) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 


An Unearthly Love
   Your goodness cant win Gods love. 
Nor can your badness lose it. But you can resist 
it. We tend to do so honestly. Having been 
rejected so often, we fear God may reject us as well. 
Rejections have left us skittish and jumpy. Like my dog 
Salty. He sleeps next to me on the couch as I 
write. Hes a cranky cuss, but I like him. 
Weve aged together over the last fifteen years, 
and he seems worse for the wear. Hes a wiry 
canine by nature; shave his salt-and-pepper mop, 
and hed pass for a bulimic Chihuahua. He 
didnt have much to start with; now the seasons 
have taken his energy, teeth, hearing, and all 
but eighteen inches worth of eyesight. 
   Toss him a dog treat, and he just stares 
at the floor through cloudy cataracts. (Or, in 
his case, dogaracts?) Hes nervous and edgy, 
quick to growl and slow to trust. As I reach out 
to pet him, he yanks back. Still, I pet the old 
coot. I know he cant see, and I can only wonder 
how dark his world has become. 
   We are a lot like Salty. I have a feeling 
that most people who defy and deny God do so more 
out of fear than conviction. For all our chest 
pumping and braggadocio, we are anxious 
folk"cant see a step into the future, cant hear the 
one who owns us. No wonder we try to gum the 
hand that feeds us. 
   But God reaches and touches. He speaks 
through the immensity of the Russian plain and the 
density of the Amazon rain forest. Through a 
physicians touch in Africa, a bowl of rice in India. 
Through a Japanese bow or a South American abrao. 
Hes even been known to touch people through 
paragraphs like the ones you are reading. If he is 
touching you, let him. 
   Mark it down: God loves you with an 
unearthly love. You cant win it by being winsome. 
You cant lose it by being a loser. But you 
can be blind enough to resist it. 
   Dont. For heavens sake, dont. 
For your sake, dont. 
   Take in with all Christians the 
extravagant dimensions of Christs love. Reach out and 
experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the 
depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full 
in the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19). 
[Max Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 

Living Loved
   Many people tell us to love. Only God 
gives us the power to do so. We know what God 
wants us to do. This is what God commands  
that we love each other (1 John 3:23). But how 
can we? How can we be kind to those who are 
unkind to us? How can we love as God loves? By 
being loved. By following the principle: receive 
first and love second. God loves you personally 
 powerfully  passionately! He loves you 
with an unfailing love. Others have promised and 
failed. But God has promised and succeeded! [Max 
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 




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2nd of 28: Pictures of the Divine: 
3rd of 28: A Dirty Bible: 
4th of 28: Cared For: 
5th of 28: Saved: 
6th of 28: You Can Change: 
7th of 28: Reprogramming Our Brains: 
8th of 28 Our Holy Father: 
9th of 28 Gifts of Service: 
10th of 28 The Holy Spirit: 
11th of 28 The Law of God: 
12th of 28 The Sabbath: 
13th of 28 The Church: 
14th of 28 The Gift of Prophecy: 
15th of 28 Stewardship: 
16th of 28 Marriage and the Family: 
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred