Friday, August 2, 2019

Devotionals for the Heart: The Depths

Going to the Depths with God
A devotional by Mirachelle Canada

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." 
– Ephesians 3:14-19 (ESV)

How deep are we willing to go for God?

Recently, a treasure hunter found a 2.2-carat emerald from a 1622 shipwreck off the coast of Florida. Depending on the quality, the emerald could be worth a few dollars or a few hundred thousand dollars. The ship once carried 40 tons of gold and silver worth in excess of $450 million. The wreck was first discovered in 1985, and it continues to yield treasures to this day. Read the story here.

Treasure seekers will go to great lengths and depths to find priceless treasures. Some even pay millions to be on excavations that may or may not yield a find. Why do they go with no guarantees? It’s the thrill and possible notoriety of a discovery – of being the one to find the most priceless jewel or coin on earth.

In fact, if someone offered an all-expense paid excavation to find such riches, most people would sign up. The world tells us we’d be crazy not to. It’s free! You have only to commit to the dive. Few wouldn’t go because it’s a journey that can change your life!

Yet, God daily offers us the same chance. He asks us to dive deep with Him into the depths of our hearts, into the great unknown. Most don’t want to go on God’s excavation because of what is buried deep within them. Why then can we believe for the buried treasures of the world, but lack the faith and courage to let the God take us on such a journey into our hearts?

Reasons for our reluctance are based on fear, feelings of unworthiness, doubt, lack of faith, or heart-diving methods we can’t understand. The Bible is a manual for the dive to explore with Him. Scripture tells us we will find Him “when we seek Him with all our heart” (Jeremiah 29:13 ESV). That means to find Him we have to be willing to dive within our heart!

The power to dive deep is provided by the Holy Spirit “in your inner being” that makes you “rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17 ESV). It’s an all-expense paid journey that was purchased by Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross and redeemed through the belief in His resurrection. The promised yield is unconditional love and an eternal life with an immeasurable treasure stored up in Heaven.

Just like any dive into the depths, it may start out a little dark and scary, but fear not! His strength will enable you to comprehend the “breadth and length and height and depth” of all there is because your oxygen tanks will be filled with “the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19 ESV).

Allow yourself today to be weighted down by God’s grace, forgiveness, and love that can take you to unfathomable depths. He’s there, waiting to heal your heart and unearth His treasure from under your buried hurts and pain in order to show you riches beyond your wildest dreams. He’s guaranteed everything you find will be priceless.

Author Bio:

Mirachelle Canada is a writer, playwright, screenwriter and theatre director/producer from Northern Virginia. She teaches television production at C.D. Hylton Senior High School. 

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting from Regent University and is a member of Act One: Hollywood Film & Television Writing Program, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), ACFW Virginia Chapter, The Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, and Your Novel Blueprint.

Mirachelle is passionate about awakening creativity and the gifts of God in everyone. She is currently working on her first historical fiction novel set during WWII, inspired by her time studying theatre education in London, England.

In her spare time, she also writes and directs Christmas and Easter passion plays at Christ Chapel Assembly of God in Woodbridge, Va.

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