Welcome to DAY 13 of our online Bible study on Ephesians!

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DAY 13

Read: Ephesians 3:14-19

Finding your personality profile seems to be all the rage right now. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve more than likely stumbled on several personality tests and maybe even clicked on and taken a few of them. It can be fun and sometimes even insightful as you read your personality strengths and weaknesses and think to yourself, “Yes, that’s me all right!”

On several occasions I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test. The results always show that I’m an INFJ personality type. One of the strengths of an INFJ is that I’m empathetic; I can feel and enter into the pain that others are going through. But one of my weaknesses is that I’m sensitive. I can be easily wounded and offended.

Insights into ourselves can be helpful, but when stubbornly held onto, those same insights may become harmful.

Have you ever heard yourself or someone else say, “That’s just the way I am!”?

Often, this is said with a tinge of stubbornness and pride and an unwillingness to change.

Ephesians 3:16 says:

“May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality.” (Amplified)

When we are born again, the fullness of God through His Spirit comes to dwell in us.

I’ve heard it said that there is nothing more beautiful than a Spirit-filled personality and I firmly believe it. As we yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, He takes our strengths and uses them for His kingdom and glory, and He takes our weakness and gives us His strength in those areas. God’s glory is seen in us, not when we try to morph ourselves into someone or something that we are not, but when He is allowed to refine and shine through our uniqueness.

In my morning devotional time, I’ve found it to be quite powerful to pray Scripture back to God.

Ephesians 4:16 is a verse that I pray frequently.

“Holy Spirit, indwell my innermost being and personality. Use my strengths for your purposes, and where I am weak show Yourself strong. Shape and mold and refine what needs changed in me.”

I trust that God’s intention isn’t to make me into someone He never created me to be, but to make me the best me, with a personality that He can shine through.


 

~ Diving Deeper ~

Have you given God full reign in your heart
to create in you the person He envisions you to be?

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Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth has been married to her pastor husband for four decades. They have three married daughters and five wonderful grandchildren with number six on the way! She is a Bible teacher, mentor, and writer on her own blog, as well as for other online groups including Deeper Waters, The Consilium, and Woman to Woman ministries. Her desire is to pass on a passionate wholehearted love for God, His Word, and His ways from generation to generation.

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