Ephesians 6:10 Be Strong In The Lord

 

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

Being strong is something that the world believes in. All over the world there are many men and women who work out in a gym on a regular basis to build their strength. People love to see a person who is physically very strong. They feel that a strong person is able to do anything and everything.

Children are told to be strong and stand up for what they believe and to take a stand against bullies. People are told to stand up against wrong against them. Thousands will march in a stand of strength for their rights or for someone else’s rights.

Everyone is told that they can make it if they try. One can be and do anything that he wants, because he is a strong person.

People love to see people who are strong and can stand up against someone who is bad or in the wrong.

Paul believes that a person can be strong also, but not in his own physical power or abilities. He states that the believer is to be strong in the Lord. The believer is to find his strength in God, not his own personal physical abilities.

A person can be the strongest person in the world physically, but be an extremely weak as a person spiritually. He can still be dead in his own sins as he is the strongest person according to this world.

Real strength is not seen in physical strength, but in seen in the character of the person. A non-believer will always fall short in character, regardless of the good he does, because he does not follow God and lives to sin.

The believer relies upon the salvation and forgiveness Jesus provides. He will rely up the Word of God to show him the truth. He will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to guide and work through him. He is being strong in the Lord, not in himself.

Each day you must find your strength. If you are looking for it in the same way the world does, you are weak and will fail. Find your strength in God. Jesus showed the ultimate strength by laying down His life on the cross to take away the sins of the world.

Be strong spiritually so that you can fight the spiritual darkness and sin in this world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has given you; that you will know the strength God can give you; that you will rely upon the strength and power of God; and that God will reveal His power in your life.

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Galatians 2:20 Dead Man Walking

 

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

The world does not like to have rules and commands placed up them. No one minds setting down rules for the other person, but never for themselves. Rules restrict their freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want. In the eyes of the world it is a death sentence to real living.

God had laid down some rules for man to follow, yet even with the simplest of rules–don’t eat of a certain tree–man was unable to keep that rule. The law then had power of death over the person and all of mankind. Jesus had come to die on the cross to break that power of the law and make it possible for a person to live for God.

In order to live for God, a person must die to self and the power of the law. He must crucify himself and die.

A dead person cannot do anything on his own. His body is lifeless and of no value in itself. For that body to move, someone else must do the work.

Once a believer has been crucified and died to self and sin, he can no longer do anything on his own. He needs some outside help to move, think, speak and act.

This is where Christ and His Holy Spirit comes in. God has sent His Holy Spirit to come and live in the believer. His Holy Spirit is what gives the body the ability to live, move, think, speak and act. God’s Holy Spirit will only act the way God acts.

In this way, a believer will be able to live according to God’s commands. He will have God’s power to give him strength to turn from sin and to do what God wants.

If you are having problems following God’s commands and struggling to do what God wants you to do, allow yourself to be crucified. Die and let God resurrect you by His Holy Spirit. Let God’s Holy Spirit guide you and speak and act through you.

Live by faith, trusting God knows what is best for you to say, think, and do. Be a dead man walking in Christ.

I pray today that you will live for God alone; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will live in the strength of God; and that you will live by faith in God.

2 Corinthians 12:9 Weakness Can Be Good

 

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Paul had a weakness that tormented him. He had pleaded with God to remove that weakness, but God would not remove it. God stated that His power was made perfect through that weakness.

Weakness is something that is often looked down upon most people as something that is bad or a negative in a person’s life. A weakness is often see as a sign of failure or incompetence.

People are never chosen for being weak. They are overlooked and rejected because of some weakness in their life. That weakness can be a physical weakness or even a moral weakness, either way it is looked as not good and worthless.

It is also common for the individual to see his own personal weaknesses and try to hide them or cover them up. Most people do not want someone else to even know about their weaknesses, it looks bad. They fear rejection or ridicule because of the weakness.

For the believer, his view should be different. Although the weakness does not appear to help directly, it should drive the believer towards God, to lean upon God for strength in that area he is weak. God wants every believer to lean upon Him and not upon their own strength. He will provide the needed strength.

God also has enough grace to lift a person up where they are weak. He is not standing there ready to knock the person over the head and kick him out because of some weakness.

Unlike the world, God is not a God of just judgement, but one of love and mercy. He wants the believer to succeed and will do what it takes to make it happen.

You are no different from any other person. You will have weaknesses in your life, just like everyone else does. Do not fear those weaknesses or be ashamed of them. Take them before God and allow Him to pick you up and use you in spite of those weaknesses.

Trust God in the way He made you and in the way He is forming you. He has all the strength and grace that you need to overcome every weakness in His time.

I pray today that you will know the grace of God; that God will show you His strength and power; that you will rely upon God for His strength; and that God will use you to reach this world for Jesus.

John 19:11 No Power, Except What Is Given

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Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

After Jesus had been arrested, they had a very quick trial to accuse Him of doing things wrong. The people had brought Him to trial and wanted Him crucified. Pilate would ask Jesus questions, but Jesus would not answer any of them. Pilate then stated that he had power to keep Jesus alive or kill Him. Jesus told him that the only power he had, was what God allowed him to have.

As people accomplish things in their lives, they feel that they have more power. The higher the position, the more power that they think they have. Many often feel invincible and have absolute power.

While a person may have a lot of power, all of that power was not accomplished in their own strength. It had been given to them by God.

Even in the church, there are people who feel as they have authority and power over others, from their own efforts. They think that they had built themselves up to be in the position of authority as they are.

While it is true that a person does a lot of work to get where they are at, it is all because of God. God is the one who is in absolute control of every person on the earth. No one can do anything without His permission.

It is God who opens doors of opportunity and it is God who closes doors of opportunity.

Without God sustaining everything, no one would be able to breathe or move on this planet. God is the one who has given every person the ability to live on this planet, and at any moment God can take that ability away.

Believers need to keep this in mind at all times. When a person in the world is opposing or ruling over them, he can only do what God allows.

There may be a person who is ruling very harshly over you. Trust God to help you through the situation.

Or you may be the one over someone else. Rule in the way of God’s love and mercy. It is not about you, but about God and His ways.

You have no power, except what God has given you.

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will trust in God’s full power; that you will realize you need God for everything; and that you will live in God’s ways of love and mercy. 

2 Samuel 5:12 Knowing God’s Work

Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 2 Samuel 5:12

After the death of King Saul, David was made king of Israel. It was not until the king of Tyre sent workers and supplies to David did David realize that God had really made him king of over Israel. At that point he knew that it was God’s hand at work that had made him securely king over Israel and it was for the sake of the people of Israel.

When most people are moved up in a promotion to a higher position, their first thoughts are usually that they deserved that position. They feel that they had worked hard to get there. There is pride in their heart about getting into that new higher position.

Very seldom do people realize that it was because of God working in their lives that put them in that position. Many people do not give God the credit for their position.

At some point in your life you may have been moved up in a position. Yes, it did take a lot of your own personal work to get to that position. However, without God’s hand of favor and work in your life, you would never have attained that position.

Think about it. It is only because of God’s sustaining power that you can breathe, or move, or think, or work. If you can only do these things because of God’s sustaining power, then any move up in position is ultimately the work of God. God has given you the ability to do everything that you do.

The challenge now in your life is to recognize the work of God in your life. Realize what God has given you and allowed you to do. Give God credit for the good place in life you may be.

Do  not allow personal pride to take away what God has done in and for you. Know that it was God who has brought you as far as you have come and will bring you the rest of the way on this journey in this life.

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will know it is God who gives you all of your abilities; that you will not allow pride to take the place of God; and that you will be a great asset in God’s kingdom here on this earth.

1 Samuel 17:45 Fighting The Enemy

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45

The Philistines had made an offer to the Israelites to have one man from each side fight together, whoever won the fight, that side would be the conquerors. Goliath was the chosen warrior for the Philistines. No one was willing to fight him, because he was a giant and a seasoned warrior.

David’s brothers were at the battle also. David was sent to bring them some food. When he saw the giant, he was willing to fight him. Goliath threatened him with many threats, but David just said he was coming against him in the name of God. With just a simple sling and one stone, David killed Goliath and the Israelites won the battle.

In today’s society most people do not have to physically go to war against another person. Only those who are in the military have to deal with that type of situation. However, there are many other battles against an enemy that every believing person must face on a daily basis.

You, along with every believer, have at least one enemy…the devil. He is seeking to get you to sin and fall away from God. He comes at you directly or through others, in your thoughts, and in your physical life. Temptations are thrown your way every day. It is a great battle to fight off these temptations of the enemy.

This battle is for your soul. It is up to you as to who will win the battle.

You must not try to fight the battle in your own strength using the weapons of this world. You must fight it in the power of God. It is God who the enemy is defying, not you. Allow God to win the battle in your life.

Do not give the enemy a chance at taking you down. Take the initiative and run forward first and take him out. Kill the temptations to sin and win the battle.

I pray today that God will give you courage to fight the enemy; that you will fight in God’s power and way; that you will allow God to destroy all temptation to sin; and that God will win the battle for your soul.