Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.Ephesians 6:10(KJV)
In the opening chapters of the epistle to the Ephesians, Paul gives a wonderful overview of our position in Christ and the riches of God's grace that have been poured out on all who are in Christ Jesus. But as we approach the end of the epistle, he does not want us to forget that despite our heavenly privileges, we are living on earth and engaged in an ongoing spiritual battle.
As soldiers of Christ, we are to arise, be strong in the Lord, and not to rely on ourself. And as members of the family of God, we are to stand firm in the power of HIS might, and not take courage in our own strength.
The Christian has enormous heavenly blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus, but every true believer soon realises that we are living in a world in which we are engaged in war. We are not in a conflict fought with fleshly weapons, sophisticated technology, cleverly devised battle strategies, or procedures of war, but a conflict that is fought in the spiritual realm. This battle requires heavenly power from above, strength that is outside our human capacities, and power that only comes from the Lord.
In our own strength, we are no match for the evil plots and cruel strategies of the enemy, that old serpent which is called the devil and Satan, but we can be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might.
It is only when we are conscious of our weakness, inabilities, and ineffectiveness, that we look to the Lord for the strength we need - for God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, and the weak things of the world to confound the mighty. For only when we recognise our weakness and die to self, will we be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given me all I need to be victorious in the spiritual battle in which all Your children are engaged. Help me to rely on You and not on my own abilities. Help me to find all I need in You and in the power of Your might. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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