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.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. These verses from Ephesians both talk about strength, but I initially was struck by their difference. The first points out the Holy Spirit dwelling in us gives us strength. This strength allows us to do God’s work, to be a light and a comfort to others. The second verse reminds me of the protection the Holy Spirit provides. I am stronger and less apt to fail or be tempted when I am aware of this armor and protection. In either case, the verses tell us that strength from God, in the form of His own Holy Spirit, dwells within us. He does not just drop by now and then for coffee, or stay for a long weekend. He lives here within me, and within each of us.
Lord God, I am full of thanksgiving. Help me to remember your Spirit within me every moment of every day. ❤️ Amen