13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
We all know that Paul went went through some terrible tribulations. His trials are amazing Shipwrecked three times, stoned, beaten and left for dead are just a few things he talks about. I’ll never go through anything like Paul went through. And now he’s sitting in a Roman prison writing his epistle to the Ephesians. He never stopped on his mission. Even when he was in prison, he just kept ministering to people and proclaiming the love of God. It is said that many Roman soldiers who were guarding Paul became Christians because of his witness and testimony. Lord let me have a testimony like that!
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Paul says that he hopes God will grant them strength with might by the spirit in their Inner Man. Oh how we need his strength and his power in our lives today. There are mountains in the way of Christians. There are mountains in this country. There are mountains in this state. There are mountains in this neighborhood. We need to come against these mountains with the strength of the Lord and say be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea. It is so important that we exercise the power of God that’s within us. He will grant it to us by the riches of his glory. And God will receive the glory when we are victorious. But we must engage in the battle first! Our God will not be glorified if we do not accomplish the things that He has left us to take care of. I must always be about my Father’s business.