IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THOUGH GIANTS ARE WITHIN AND WITHOUT, BE STRONG IN THE LORD!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
Being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might has to do with living by faith in the resurrection life and power which resides in every believer through Christ. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power we’re to use to stand in this spiritual battle. The strength of the Christian life is dependence on God. So Paul points the Church to be “strong in the Lord,” to depend upon Him.
You are stronger than you think that you are!
When we face the giants of our lives (spiritual, emotional, physical or a combination,) we often fear we are not enough or do not have the tools needed to face them head on much less win. But God has given us all we need to overcome the giant obstacles of life. If we will just be adamant enough to trust in the gifts and talents he has given us.
When our strength is in God then we have the promise of great power to conquer all evil.
In Ephesians 6:10, the exhortation to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,” is in the form of a command. These are strong words which contain the promise of great power. Is it really possible to be strong in the Lord, considering all the weakness that rules when the good is supposed to be done? The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. From without, we are surrounded by a crooked and perverse generation, and within is the law of sin in our members. (Romans 7:23)
We wage a battle against powerful forces from without and within. We can only fight against these forces in a steadfast faith that is immovable and unshakable. It is useless if we have not taken this stand. If we are wholehearted, we can resist on the evil day and remain standing after we have done (overcome) all things. What a glorious promise this is: “overcome all things.” Let us fill our hearts with the word of faith, so that evil spirits and powers and all the devil’s army must flee.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
Is it not good to belong to a God that makes gladness the pathway to power? Satan is a very gloomy god. But Jesus said, “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for, behold, your reward is great in heaven” (Luke 6:23). Satan cannot abide the songs of the saints. (Knowing this he fabricates “musical” substitutes which are not the heart-songs of happy people, but the grunts and gasps and screams of people without peace.) I have seen Satan driven out with the songs of hope-filled Christians. And I know that in my own life finding the pace to finish the race means recovering the joy of the Lord again and again. Joy is a great power.
The great challenge for us now is to know the glory of our hope. To see it with the eyes of the heart and not just think about it with the mind. This is the great spiritual battle. And this is fought with the television off, on our knees in the Word. God forbid that “seeing we would not see and hearing we would not hear.” Let us pray with all our heart that the God who said, “Let there be light,” will shine in our heart “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Now we don’t have any strength. We have to GET strength. It is in the Lord! “Finally, brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” You’ve got to be IN the Lord before you can have His strength. “In the Lord” means that you are a Christian, that you have received the Lord Jesus as your Savior. “In Christ Jesus” runs through the Bible. “In the Lord.” We find ourselves located within the sphere of His power, His strength, His might. How wonderful it is to have that available! When we stand in the Presence of God, we cannot say, “Lord, the battle was too strong for us. The battle was too hard for us.” It isn’t that we are to fight with OUR strength and OUR might, but with the might and the strength OF THE LORD!
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. -Philipians 4:13
For me this has always been one of the most powerful statements in the whole Bible.The reason why is because it is one of his main formulas that he used to determine how he live until the day he went to heaven.He knew he could do all things through Him who strengthened Him.So first of all we do need to know what the ALL THINGS ARE means.What it means is that no matter what this life throws at him he can handle it.They would not break him.What it does not mean is that he could change everything.
The word translated “be strong” is endunamoo. It comes from a combination of the word en, which is a preposition meaning in, by, or with, and dunamoo, which is a form of dunamis.
Dunamis means “inherent power,” such as Jesus used to perform miracles (Luke 8:46).
So this word in Ephesians means to be filled with inherent, active, achieving power. And because we’re strong “in the Lord,” it’s the same kind of power He has.
There isn’t any power on earth or in heaven that can beat God in a fight. And when He’s on our side, He controls the battles we face. He won’t always shelter us from danger, because He wants us to grow and learn to be like Him (which involves fighting for good), but He does promise to fight for us and with us. All His strength, power, and might are on the side of those He’s in relationship with.
*”Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
- The recognition of what God can and will do on our behalf is part of what makes us strong in the Lord. When the Lord told Joshua, for example, “be strong and courageous,” it was accompanied by the promise “I will be with you” He never abandons us to fight alone so long as we don’t run away from Him.
When we’re strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, then no power can stand against us because no power can stand against Him. As we face spiritual battles, God empowers us, assures us of victory, and promises He’ll be there fighting right along with us.
The God of peace is going to crush Satan under your feet. Christ has done it, and you will see it soon. By His strength, we, too, can stand in the strength of His might, and whatever you face this week, there is power to step on and crush the nasty head of that ancient serpent.
Our loving heavenly Father, we pray for the strength of Your might that we might stand this week to be strong, and withstand the schemes and the cunning of our enemy. Keep us steadfast, as Your people, soldiers in Your army, children in Your family, and may we know the love and the power and the grace of the Lord Jesus. In His name we pray. Amen.
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