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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman



Strengthen Your Inner Man

[I pray] 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; that you [will be] rooted and grounded in love.
Ephesians 3:16-17
Our physical body grows. Likewise, our inner man needs to grow. Our body requires nourishment. Likewise, our spirit requires nourishment. God’s Word is bread, sustenance, for our inner man. When our inner man is strong, it is easier to hear God. We must first fully submit to Him so He can build up our inner life and free us from the desires of the flesh.

When our flesh dominates, it battles against our inner man. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. When our inner man receives nourishment through the Word and prayer, it can better cope with obstacles that rise up. Through our inner man, we can experience breakthroughs and live victoriously.

When our flesh directs us, we are dominated by external circumstances, by doubt and defeat. We believe what we see. Therefore, our inner eyes must be opened and our inner man strengthened so we can believe what we see and hear with our heart. When our inner man, our heart, is strong, we are better able to manage trials and stress. We are better able to hear what God wants. We have greater peace. The Holy Spirit paints on the canvas of our heart, and we see things others do not see.

Where others see problems, we see God’s solution. Because of God’s Word and our strong inner man, new ideas, solutions, plans, encouragement, strength readily emerge. And we enjoy wonderful fellowship with the Holy Spirit.


Thank You, God, for developing and strengthening my inner man through Your Spirit and Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.