“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Cor. 4:16
Our inner strength comes from the influence and power of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 3:16). Serving God allows the resurrection power of Christ to strengthen us continually; causing us to be transformed with minds renewed with vision, values and plans governed by God’s revelation and truth. This influence is enhanced when we live a life of dedication and service to God. Prayer and constant study of the Word of God are essential for this transformation.
We have the ability to live lives pleasing to God because Christ Himself lives in the believer through the Spirit.
This transformation by the Holy Spirit allows Grace to work in our lives. That transformation also causes an internal changing of the heart developed as we gain a better understanding of the knowledge, purposes, and will of God. Additionally, our wills are changed, causing us to serve the true and living God with renewed vigor. Our lifestyles and relationships also become changed.
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-20.
When we are strengthened in the inner man, our soul, which consist of our feelings, thoughts, and purposes, become energized with the Spirit of God which is united with our spirit. The Holy Spirit produces His power in and through us in abundance. Verses 17 and 18 of Ephesians 3 explain what happens when we are directed by the influence of the Holy Spirit:
1. Christ’s presence is established in our hearts. His Spirit becomes our life (Romans 8:10b).
2. We become “rooted and grounded in Christ’s love with the spiritual capacity to comprehend “with all saints” the breadth of God’s immeasureable love. This love reaches all nations and is from everlasting to everlasting.
3. God’s presence fill us “Till we come in the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).This causes us to advance toward spiritual maturity and growth in all aspects unto Christ and to be filled with all the fullness of God with knowledge of the truth and will of God. This is true holiness.