Ephesians 3:16-20 is such an incredible passage! It shows us how to rule and reign in our inner man by Kingdom dominion. Paul prayed, "That He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith..." (verses 16-17a). It's awesome to know that you can walk in the Lord's strength in your inner man. You can walk in Christ's stature and strength. He wants us to operate out of the strength of Christ in us, the Spirit of might.
In verses 17-19, "...that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, and the length, and the depth and the height, to know the love of Christ which passes all knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
Wow! Do you want to be filled with all the fullness of God? If you look up the word "fullness" it literally means "to be crammed full; weighted down." Don't you want to live on a day to day basis in a new realm of His glory and the weightiness of His Presence so that you begin to diffuse the fragrance of His glory?
Let's go into this passage just a little bit more. Ephesians 3:20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us." Are you ready to see the exceedingly abundantly above and beyond? See, I believe the Lord wants to do big, big things, don't you?
Now, go back to Ephesians 3:16, because I want to show you something else. Paul prayed for the Lord's strength. He first of all said, "that He would grant to you." Now the word "grant" there means "to bestow a gift, or supply or furnish something that is necessary." Paul says, "I pray that the Father would give you something according to the riches of His glory." I love the word "riches" it means "wealth."
Don't you know God is pretty rich? Do you want to be wealthy in the things of the Kingdom? Paul is saying here, "Listen guys, I'm asking for the Father to bless you, to bestow a blessing according to His wealth." Wealth represents what?Abundance!
So Paul's saying, "Listen, I'm praying, guys, that Father God would give to you out of the abundance of His glory. What is glory? The glory is who He is. It is the weightiness of who He is. He's saying, "I'm asking for the Father to come to you and say 'Here, from the Father is wealth, riches, abundance.'" Abundance of what? Abundance of glory. His weighty glory!
Now he didn't say upon, but he said where? He said, "In the inner man." It says, That He would grant to you, but remember it means to give something. In other words, "To give it to you because you need it." And it's out of the abundance, and the word abundance means "continuously supply." Do you want to operate out of the strength of the Lord on a continuous, day-to-day basis, where you operate out of the abundance of His supply and His strength for your life? I love this because it says, "Out of the riches of His glory." How rich is God's glory? How much abundance is there? How much of God's glory is there?
To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16). The word "strengthen" comes from the Greek word kratos, which means "power; Kingdom manifestation of dominion."
Kratos is the power, might, or ability to strengthen you in your inner man. It gives you strength over temptation. It's the manifestation of Kingdom dominion in you. What does that mean? It means that the things which are taking place in the natural don't rule your life because Jesus is ruling and reigning by the kratos of the Lord! We've got to walk steadfastly in the things of the Lord.
Paul says, "Guys, I want you to walk in a realm where you have strength to overcome persecution, cares and concerns, and strength to minister in the anointing. Strength to walk out what He has for your life, strength to walk in your destiny, and strength to stand and say, 'Now, behold, the Lord your God!' I want Him to do things in your life that are exceedingly abundantly above and beyond what you can even think or imagine, according to His mighty power, and that you begin to bring God glory." When Christ rules and reigns in your inner man, you will stand strong in the things of the Lord.
Paul uses kratos again in Ephesians 6:10, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power (kratos) of His might." He's saying, "Right now be strong in His kratos power." The Lord is releasing powerful dimensions of His anointing upon the Body of Christ right now! We're about to see and do incredible things in cities that will transform regions. But He doesn't want you to walk it out in your strength, but by kratos allowing Christ to rule and reign in you. Even though the outward is perishing, you're getting stronger within (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Let's look at a few examples of kratos in Jesus' life. When Jesus ministered in the anointing, He got the religious people stirred up. They took stones to kill Him! And Jesus just walked right past them unharmed. Do you know what the other twelve were doing? They didn't run away. The twelve of them were walking right behind Him like ducklings. The religious people couldn't touch Jesus. He didn't get upset because He knew His purpose, and He had Kingdom dominion in His inner man.
They came to Him in the garden in John 18:5-6 and He told them who He was: "I am He." And as soon as He said it, His Kingdom manifested, and they all fell to the ground! This is a picture of His kratos dominion.
Kratos can act like a nuclear explosion of God's Kingdom and dominion in a city or region. This is what Paul saw in Acts 19:8. He gave them the counsel of God. He preached the Kingdom, both renewing their minds and persuading their hearts. It says that two years after he began preaching in Ephesus, the Word of God grew mightily and prevailed (Acts 19:20). The word for "mightily" there is kratos. A Kingdom explosion took place in Ephesus. It was such a great manifestation of the Kingdom that everything not of the Kingdom had to fall. Paul preached under the flow of the counsel and might of the Lord. We want that same kind of power to come to and through our lives and ministries! Do it, Lord!
Kratos is also found in Ephesians 1:19. Kratos is actually only one of four Greek words that mean "might," or "power." Dunamis is another Greek word that means "might," and it is also found in this passage. It is the first word "power" mentioned in this sentence. Here is how it reads: ...And what is the exceeding greatness of His power (dunamis) toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (kratos)?
While kratos means God's power ruling within us, dunamis refers to God's power upon the Believer's life. Dunamis is the power that enabled Jesus and His disciples to do miracles, signs and wonders. It refers to mighty acts of power. It empowers Believers today to do the same as well. The Spirit of Counsel releases the Spirit of Might and a river of the miraculous will begin to explode with great and mighty deeds being done for the Glory of Jesus!
Colossians 1:11a says, "Strengthened with all might according to His glorious power." The word for "strengthened with all might" is dunamis. In the phrase according to His glorious power, the word for "power" is kratos, God's Kingdom dominion within. So the power He gives us within by His might enables us to walk in the anointing for mighty deeds.
We need God's strength and might to rule in us inwardly in order to handle the anointing of power, don't we?
In the passage we examined earlier in Ephesians 3:16, both Dunamis and kratos are used. It reads,That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened (kratos) with might (dunamis) through His Spirit in the inner man... Again, God will strengthen us within with kratos (inward power) in order for us to carry His dunamis power (outward power), for mighty deeds.
God wants to increase your might! Be faithful with what has been given to you, and you will get more. Ask the Lord to release His might for you. It says in 2 Timothy 2:1, "Therefore my son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." That is how we are strong – through His grace. Begin to recognize God's grace. Ephesians 3:7, says we are effective ministers because we minister according to the grace that has been given to us.
This is God's intention for you. You can live victoriously – not beaten down, hoping to just make it through. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! Be strong in the might and the power of the Lord!
The Spirit of Might takes you from the beginning of salvation all the way through the process of maturing, putting off the old man, walking in the new man, and walking in the fullness of Him. Don't you want to be a finisher? How do you finish strong in the Lord? You do this by living in the anointing of His might.
Psalm 92:12-14 says that even in your old age you will be like a green olive tree bearing much fruit if you dwell in the house of God. If you are a born again Christian, God is your Father, and Christ leads you in His triumph by the power of His Spirit's might (2 Corinthians 2:14). You are called to declare a victory, cry with the army of the Lord! And when the enemy hears this sound, he will retreat! We are not going to be overcome. We are overcomers!
What was God saying to you after reading this power, dynamic, and life changing message?