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Strong In The Lord’s Power – Part I : Do You Know?   Leave a comment

What if I told you that YOU could be strong in the Lord’s power?  Would you like that? Maybe that sounds pretty amazing? Perhaps even unattainable? But it isn’t. In fact, we are instructed to: “…be strong in the Lord and in His MIGHTY POWER.” (Eph. 6:10. We will read it in a moment.) So not only is it something we that CAN actually do… but it is an instruction to do it, a command, not a suggestion.

Recently, I have gone through a bout of feeling weak and powerless against sin. As a brother of mine pointed out, I was allowing the devil’s thoughts of “defeat and weakness” to find seat within me, and to be imbedded in my heart and my mind. The thing is, the devil knew, not only right where to strike at me, but also how, and at just the right moment. (And the right moment is crucial. More on that later.)

We know, however, that our God is a God of power! He is mighty and He is victorious! He is not a defeated God, and cannot be so. There is NO weakness in Him! He is infallible and unwavering! He never falters, never faints! He is the epitome of MIGHT, FORCE & POWER!! The devil’s attacks, have never, and can never even phase Him!!

So the question for us is this: How do we put on that power? How do we be strong in the Lord’s power? And in doing so, how do we combat the devil’s dangerously clever and effective attacks?

Again, Ephesians 6:10 says: “Finally, be (a command) strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (NIV)

Continuing in Ephesians 6 tells us how we are to do this:
In verse 11 it says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

As I said, recently I fell into thinking thoughts of weakness and defeat: “I can’t do it by myself, so why bother trying? I am weak, I am tired. I’ve gone through too much, so it’s not my fault that I don’t have the strength I need.” You see, I definitely needed to be reminded that I am a “soldier” and that this is a war. That our God doesn’t surrender, and not only that, but He expects us not to surrender, AND He gives us what we need to “stand against the wiles of the devil.” But the devil, not only tricked me out of the fight, but tricked the fight out of me. I forgot the importance of having the right gear for the battle. I forgot to even try to fight. I (not God) let my guard down and the devil saw just the right moment to strike. “He’s not wearing his armor.” That is the perfect time for the devil to shoot his fiery darts.

Make no mistake…this IS a war!

Ephesians 6 continuing in verse 12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12 calls it a “struggle.” This is a battle! This is WAR! And hence, we need a full set of armor and a weapon. Listen and understand, this isn’t just guard duty; This isn’t a decoration to be put up on our spiritual wall and left there. We are to USE it as we STRUGGLE and fight and make war!

We are not just to struggle, but we are to be VICTORIOUS!!! And why not? Our King, our General of Heaven’s Armies, has already won! He has already defeated our enemy. And He is saying, “Here, I am giving you everything you need to defeat this enemy as well.” And He is expecting us, as soldiers of His army, to take up this armor and weapon and DO SO!

I had no excuse. None of us do. We forget though that we have such power on our side. We forget to use it. We forget that our God expects no less of us than to FIGHT and USE what He gives us! I did. I even fell for the lie that this was somehow God’s fault and not my own. (But it was I who let my guard down.) So this is why I am doing this study. As a reminder to myself, lest I ever forget again…that I HAVE access to GOD, THE ALMIGHTY’S POWER!! I have access to His spiritual armor and sword! And He EXPECTS me to USE IT!

So this study is as much for me as for anyone. But if it helps someone else, as I expect it will, then all the better. We NEED to remember what we have available to us. We NEED (as we are commanded to do) to BE STRONG in the Lord and in the power of His MIGHT. And to PUT ON…and MAKE USE OF…the armor He gives us.

In this study, I will try to go in depth through the scriptures Eph. 6:10-19.  So I hope you will join me in Part II as we explore this truly awesome passage, and what it means to us, and how we can make GREAT USE of it in our lives today, in our daily battle against evil, as we strive, and struggle each day; as we FIGHT our way to the Kingdom that is ours for the taking, if we do so.

 

 

 

Posted August 24, 2016 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies

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