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.

Proverbs 24:10 Slipping When In Trouble

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If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10 

During times when there is no trouble people appear to be strong and able to do what needs to be done. They are able to focus correctly and often make good choices.

There are also times of trouble, times when everything that can go wrong seems to go wrong. Those days when a person is having a bad day. It is during these times that there is a challenge in how a person walks his life. He must make a choice to walk correctly or choose a wrong path.

Very often during times of trouble, people will make very poor choices. Some choices will not be very drastic, while others will be extreme. When a person has been laid off and evicted from his house, that is when some will turn to crime to get the needed money.

Solomon calls this faltering and one of small strength.

Believers can often have this same challenge. Theirs is slipping into sin. It is when a person is having a bad day, is alone or among non-believing friends, that one often chooses to step into sin. He is faltering during the time of trouble.

Yes, a believer is weak in and of himself, but he has God at his side in the Holy Spirit. The believer is to turn to God for the needed strength.

Jesus said that He would give the believer all the strength and power needed when needed to be His witness. Slipping into sin during times of trouble is not being His witness.

God is at work at building the believer up in Jesus, to become more like Him every day. Jesus walked in strength, not weakness. Believers need to daily walk in the strength, including days of trouble.

You will have days that are filled with trouble and struggles. During these days work to turn your focus upon God and not the troubles. Do not allow the devil to get a foothold into your heart and mind, causing you to make a poor choice and slip into sin.

Lean on the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life to keep you from all sin. Allow God to build and strengthen you each day and in each trial that you go through.

This is becoming more like Jesus and being His witness each day.

I pray today that you will know the power of God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will keep your eyes on God at all times; that you will know God is beside you in times of trouble; and that you will allow God to guide your every action. 

Psalm 105:4 Finding Strength

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Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4 

All across the nation are gyms for men and women work out in. People flock to the gyms in order to build themselves up. They want to strengthen their bodies to be in better health and to look better.

While working out and strengthening the body does a lot of good for a person, it does not help his spirit, nor the long term side of emotions. Exercise does not give a person the strength needed to keep going forward correctly when things are going rough, when trouble hits hard.

During troubling times most people look to many things to give them strength to keep going. They will seek work, friends, drugs, or other distractions to help them survive. Some will end it all in a loss of all hope.

The writer of this psalm says that one needs to look to God’s strength and seek Him.

God is the One who has created everything that there is. He is the One who holds everything that is together. He is the One who controls the storms in the physical world and can control the storms in a person’s life.

Along with having the strength and power to help, God is always there and available. The believer can seek God twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days a year, with no fear that God will be busy or not available. There is nothing so big, that God cannot handle it or bring a person through it.

The things that the world looks at for strength are temporary and are not always available as God is available. The things of this world will fail in the end. God will never fail.

During your life, you will  have times of struggle and need strength. Turn your eyes to God and seek Him and His strength to make it.

As you focus on God, you will begin to rest in His arms of strength. You will feel His power surge through your body giving you the ability to keep going forward despite the fight against you.

You will also have His peace and comfort during the difficult time knowing that He is in control and will bring you through to the end of the challenge.

Don’t ever give in or give up to a struggle, but hold on to God. His strength has never failed and never will.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power and strength God has for you; that you will trust God’s strength in your life; and tha you will seek God in all things.

Psalm 21:1 Rejoicing In God’s Strength

Roaring lion

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give! Psalm 21:1 

Usually when a person gets a victory in something, they rejoice in how they accomplished that victory. They are quick to talk about how they did it. Sometimes they feel as though they were lucky in accomplishing that victory, while most of the time, they feel as though they earned the victory.

Those who have been successful in accomplishing victories often feel as though they are strong and can do most anything. The world likes to look at self as the one who can do it, without the help of anyone else. Many will even look down on those who have done a great victory with the help of others as being weaker.

David was a king who had many different victories in his life. There were so many battles won, that people talked about his great victories. Yet, he realized that it was not his strength that won the victories, but it was God’s great strength. He gave God the credit for winning the victories.

Believers understand where their abilities and strength comes from. They do not look, or should not look, at themselves, but towards God. It is God who created and sustains all things. It is God who gives every person the ability to do what he does.

Since this is the case, it is, then, God who gives victory also. It is God’s power working through the believer to accomplish any task or to win any battle.

When Jesus left the earth, He sent back His Holy Spirit to give the believer strength, wisdom, direction and abilities.

Instead of rejoicing or boasting in one’s own strength, the believers should be rejoicing in God’s strength. Man, in and of himself, is weak and will fail, but with God will gain great victories.

As you go through your days, look to God for His strength to accomplish any victory needed. As you win battles in your life, realize that it is God doing the winning. It is God who has given you the strength to accomplish what you did.

Now rejoice in His strength and victory. Let the world know that it was God who did it, not yourself. Let the world know that it was God who gave you strength and victory. This is giving God praise for what He does in and through you.

I pray today that God will give you victory over battles; that you will see God’s strength in your life; that you will know you cannot do anything without God’s strength; and that you will give God praise for His work in your life.