Ephesians 3:13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Here in Ephesians 3 we join a conversation that Paul was having with the Ephesians. They were all facing a very difficult time. Paul was really loved by the church. He pastored them, taught them, fathered them and they loved him deeply. But things were not going as they expected it to go. He was being persecuted heavily.
A big challenge we all face in the JOURNEY OF life is the challenge of the unexpected. We can deal with the good things and even the bad things that we expect. But most people struggle with the unexpected. No one expected their Pastor, Father to be hated, totured and imprisoned like Paul was. That was an unexpected development that caused the ephesians to be disheartened, despondent, discouraged. And in view of this Paul says DONT LOSE HEART!
Now check out why he admonished them to not lose heart:
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[c] 15 from 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 through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love
He says don’t lose heart because I have prayed for you! Did he pray for the persecutions he was facing to stop? No. Even though this was the reason the Ephesians were disheartened! Instead he prayed that they will be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit in the Inner man!
Most of the time when we lose heart, it is usually because there is something that is discouraging on the outside and when you get discouraged or disheartened, you lose the strength to go forward.
The temptation for us is to begin to look for something that is encouraging on the outside too. As the thing that sapped your strength is on the outside, we tend to look for things on the outside to change in order for us to be strengthened again. However God has set things up in such a way that the strength you need to deal with what you face comes THROUGH HIS SPIRIT…IN YOUR INNER MAN!
Whilst you were waiting to get a spouse on the outside to overcome the sense of loneliness in your heart, God was waiting for you to look at the inner man! Your strength will not come from the outside, it will come from the inside! LOOK INSIDE! LOOK AT THE HOLY SPIRIT
Listen, it really doesn’t matter what is going on on the outside. Paul, in Philippians 4:13(AMP) said “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]”
It’s an inside job!
This simple truth has set me free from having a victim mindset and birthed a deep desire to know this person who literally holds ALL of my life in Him…The Holy Spirit. Investigate this person. Know Him. Lean on Him. ALL of your life is in HIM.