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Strong In The Lord’s Power – Part II : Who?   Leave a comment

Recap of Part I: Our God instructs us to be strong in His mighty power. (Eph. 6:10. ) He also tells us how to do this in the following verses. The devil, however, would like us to think ourselves weak and powerless.  And, without God we truly are weak and powerless…butWE are NOT without God. EVER. (Unless WE CHOOSE to be.) And not only that, but our God, the AWESOME, ALL POWERFUL, ALMIGHTY, INFALLIBLE, PERFECT IN ALL HIS WAYS, General of Heaven’s Armies… gives us everything we need to defeat our adversary, the devil…He gives us The Armor Of God.

So let us look at Ephesians 6:10-19.  We will take this study verse by verse in this multi-part series. This is something that we Christian Soldiers need FULLY and TRULY grasp!

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS:  This is something the devil does NOT want you to understand. He does NOT want you fully grasping what these passages in Ephesians 6 mean to us. He does not want us to know of or believe in the power we have access to. This is IMPERATIVE for us to know! It is imperative to know AND to implement in our DAILY lives!

Let us begin with, “Who”.

Verse 10 instructs thus: “…brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (force/strength).”

We need to first and foremost realize WHO this is we are speaking of. (Don’t take this part for granted!) This is not some meer flesh and blood personage. No mere leader or no general on this earth, even the very greatest, has ever commanded such power, wisdom, might, or authority as the General Of Heaven’s Armies!  We are talking about The Power that said, “Let there be light…”  And the whole universe obeyed this statement which He uttered.  How’s that for power?! This is the Being Who, by His WORD the heavens were created! By His Word ALL things were created, spiritual and physical! Look around you. Look to the skies, the stars…all His handiwork. Look to the life going on all around you, both seen and that which you cannot see or even comprehend! ALL of it is His handiwork. And all of it is sustained by His Word.

“For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”   Colossians 1:16-17

Hebrews 1:3 tells us that God sustains everything by the mighty power of His word!

(Everything…not SOME things…EVERYthing, and EVERYone.)

Understand that! (Many people, even in God’s church today, don’t fully grasp the full implications of that verse. More on that another time.) By just His WORD alone, everything is sustained. EVERYTHING! Think about that for a moment. Now THAT is power! And get this… THAT is the power that WE are instructed to call upon! Let that sink in!!

Our ALL MIGHTY, ALL POWERFUL, CREATOR and SUSTAINER of ALL…is telling you and me, to be strong in Him and the power of His might! Wow!!!

And remember…He is VICTORIOUS! He already has defeated our enemy. He already knows exactly how to defeat his attacks. He too was attacked, and emerged victorious!  And He wants to grant us… you and me…that SAME victory!!! HOO-RAH!!! And HALLELUJAH!!!

Brethren, our God is a God of VICTORY. Not defeat. He will never give up! Never surrender! He never has, He never will! And He never will taste defeat. Think about this…even in the moments that may seem to be Yeshua’s “weakest” were actually that of His MIGHTIEST VICTORIES!

Wouldn’t you feel pretty safe about following a general into battle that has NEVER lost and never could lose?  A General that would never give up, and never give up on you specifically? A General Who would see you through to the very end, AND ensure that you have the absolute BEST fighting gear to ensure victory? Sure! Absolutely! Brethren, we HAVE that General! (And we have access to that “fighting gear,” as we will see.)

So let’s understand Who it is we are following, and NEVER doubt that. As a good friend and mentor of mine said: Faith is not about what we have faith in…it’s really about WHO we have faith in.

Who do we have faith in? Have faith in the Almighty, The One Victorious Creator and Sustainer of ALL. Remember, the devil wants us to believe we don’t have access to such strength. But God… He wants you to be strong in HIM and in the power of HIS might.

Before we go on in Part 3, knowing that we really need to understand (as much as we are able to understand) the POWER that we are calling upon, (And we need to be calling upon this Power EACH and EVERY day!) I am reminded of a song, “Nothing Ever Can, Nothing Ever Will,” by Ross King.

I will leave you with a link to the song. I HIGHLY recommend listening to it.
It is so encouraging! Reminding us of the GOD ALMIGHTY IN VICTORY that we serve! Think about that and that this awesome God wants to help us!…to aid us!…so that we TOO can have victory!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0BMF36Gi5Y&index=15&list=PLHlEy3kf_r195igKyEaYUMjPfSOqj3f44

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Posted August 26, 2016 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies

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Words of Encouragement   Leave a comment

Please feel free to add to these!

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah”

Psalm 118:14-16
The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!
The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Matthew 24:13
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Romans 7: 22 – 25
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

PRAISE GOD!

– A special thank you to Sunny Faulkner for providing me with these references of God’s words of encouragement.