Ephesians 6:10 Be Strong In His Power

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

Men love to have strength. Many will work out physically to build up their strength and to look strong. They want to be able to do the impossible on their own.

While many are able to build their strength up to amazing levels, most are not able to do it. And even with great strength, there is often many shortcomings in their strength and abilities. No matter how strong someone is, there is usually someone who is stronger that comes along.

After Paul gave some practical instructions to the believers on how to live as a believer, he gives some final thoughts. He tells them that after all of this, they are to be strong in the Lord and in His power.

While it feels great to have great strength, a person’s strength and abilities will often come to an end. There is only so much that a person can do until they begin to fail or fall short.

No one wants to hear that they don’t have the strength to do what needs to be done, they want to be in control of their own lives. However, as a believer, one is not in control of his own life. And he realizes that he does not have the strength needed to accomplish ever task set before him.

People get tired and wear out or burn out when they do things on their own.

Believers are to get their strength from God. God has infinite power and strength that He offers to everyone who trusts in Him. As God calls a person to a task, He will provide everything that a person needs to accomplish it. This means He will give the strength and power to do what needs to be done.

God may have called you to what looks and feels like an impossible task. You may be feeling overwhelmed and worn out from the task, with no strength to continue.

Look to God for your strength. Find joy in the salvation that He has blessed you with. That joy will tap into the eternal strength and power of God, giving you all that you need to keep moving forward in completing the tasks He has given you.

Do not rely upon your own strength and abilities, but upon God’s strength and abilities.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the strength of God in your life; that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will rely upon God for needed strength and power; and that God will do great things through you.

Luke 18:8 Will You Display Faith?

I tell you, he will see that they will get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

Scientists and engineers are always seeking ways for mankind to be able to do everything that they desire on their own. There is a common belief that man can do anything he sets his mind to do. There are no limits.

All of these people have great faith, but it is in themselves, their abilities and the things they have invented. It is a faith and belief that with enough time, money and effort anything is possible.

Jesus had just given a parable about being persistent in pursuing God’s help, having faith that God will do what is needed to be done. Then He asked if when He returns, if He will actually find any faith on the earth.

Faith is trusting God for what cannot be seen or what has not occurred yet. People have faith in things, other people and themselves every day.

Many claim to have faith in God, but do not really show it. They come up against a problem in life and bring it to God for a moment. As soon as God does not clear the problem immediately, they begin to seek ways to solve it themselves or with the help of others.

Seeking to do it by oneself so quickly is removing faith in God to answer in the best way. One no longer has true faith in God, but more in self and others.

Every believer must put complete faith in God for everything. Things must be laid on the line trusting God so much, that if He does not come through, the person or thing will fail.

Pursuing God for help must be the top priority, not self-help or help from others. This is faith in God.

Each day you will have opportunities to exercise your faith in God. There will be things you must bring to God and lay it at His feet to take care of.

You have a choice as to whether you will let God take care of your needs, or you will strive to do it all on your own without His help. This is a choice of whether you will have faith in God or in self.

When God looks at your life, does He find faith?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God’s abilities and love; that you will seek God first for all your needs; and that you will see God work in your life.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Full Abilities

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10 

No matter where a person looks there are people working. Many are working for pay and many are working without pay, but for need or pleasure. While working for pay is needed, there are also many other types of work that people can do without pay.

Some common types of work without a direct paycheck are cleaning the house or dishes, gardening, taking care of the lawn, cooking a meal, maintaining a car, and much more. For some people these things can be a hard task to accomplish, while for others it is a great pleasure.

However, in both types of work, many people try to do as little as possible.

Solomon says that a person must do the work with all of his abilities and strength. The reason is that there will come a time when one cannot work.

Believers, just like non-believers will often do the minimum work possible. They want to get by as easy as possible, not putting their heart and efforts into their work.

Several thousand years later, Paul said that everything a person does should be done as if doing it for the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is everything that a person does, regardless of pay or no pay.

Doing one’s best shows love and concern for God and for others. It does not cheat anyone in anyway, but is always giving the best. This is what God did in sending His Son Jesus. This is what Jesus did in giving His life for all people. They gave their best.

There will come a day when one cannot give or do anything anymore. Today is the day to do it and do it with all of one’s strength.

Everyday you will have tasks to be done. Some you will receive a paycheck and others it is volunteer. Regardless of the pay or lack of it, you must give it your best abilities. You are not on this earth for eternity, there is a time limit.

While you have the ability to do something, do it with all of your abilities and strength. Do not put of until tomorrow what can be done today. And do not do it with only have the heart or strength.

God has given you a work to do, now do it with all that is in you.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will work as unto God; that God will give you strength to do the work He has for you to do; and that you will not cut corners, but give all your work the best as unto God. 

Psalm 78:42 Forgetting God’s Abilities

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Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:42 

Those who are in authority often have the power to get things done that others do not have the ability to do. Having the ability to provide finances or other needed resources, they can accomplish larger things than what is normal for others.

The workers at the bottom have very little authority and cannot see how something can be accomplished. All they can see is a large mountain of a problem in front of them and no way around or over it. They begin to fear the challenge in front of them, rather than trusting those in authority.

Asaph looks back at when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. The people would constantly complain to God and not trust Him. They had forgotten the power that He had displayed with bringing them out of Egypt.

Every believer has to believe God has some authority just to become a believer. He has to believe that God has the power and ability to remove all sin and to save the person, or else he will not follow Jesus or trust Him.

God works in a person’s life doing great things, removing sin and providing what is needed. Yet, many believers quickly forget what God has already done in their lives or in the lives of others and begin to complain to God about some challenge in their life.

The believer has been redeemed from a life of sin and death. He has been released from the bondages of sin and given a new life. Yet, often one goes back to those chains and puts them back on. He doesn’t trust God to provide for him in every area needed.

If God has the power to remove sin, He also has the power to take care of every need a believer has. This has to be remembered.

Think about the things God has already done in your life. Why did you choose to follow Jesus? What made you believe and trust Him?

Now remember those things and trust that God can meet your current needs that are looming in front of you.

Don’t put God to the test by complaining and fearing what is in front of you. God is greater than anything you may face. Remember what He has done in lives of others already and in your past. Then trust Him.

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will know you can trust God’s power and abilities; that God will help you remove all fear of situations in your life; and that you seek God for all of your needs.