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.

Ephesians 1:18 Really Know The Hope

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, Ephesians 1:18

Having an inheritance is something that many people have, but don’t always realize what they will be getting. They may know a part of what they will be getting, but often they do not know everything. Some of the information is kept back, until the time the inheritance is handed out.

Sometimes, when a person fully knows what his inheritance is, he will be very excited and anxious to receive it.

Paul prays that the Ephesians will have their eyes opened up to really know the hope that they have and how great the inheritance really is.

Every believer knows that he will be receiving eternal life as a follower of Jesus. While that is great, it is only a small part of what he really is getting.

Prior to stepping into eternal life, the believer will also be receiving all of God’s great power to do whatever needs to be done. He gets God’s authority to trample upon the enemy and turn from all sin.

Not every believer realizes what he is getting. They continue to live in fear and weakness, rather than strength and boldness.

Once one fully realizes the power God is giving him, there is nothing that can hold the believer back in being His witness. Knowing the hope of power and salvation removes all fear of man and instills a boldness to be a true witness to all one meets.

Having this hope and power is something that not just a few believers can have, but every believer possesses. It is an inheritance that goes beyond anything one could ever desire to possess.

Take a moment to realize that Jesus gave you all His authority upon this earth. He has given you a hope that you will live, even if you die. He has given you His strength to accomplish anything He gives you to do.

These are things that can only be seen and realized with spiritual eyes. It cannot always be seen in the physical realm, but by trust and hope.

Allow God to open your eyes to see what you have in Jesus. Then live your life in the eternal hope and power that you have received and are receiving.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the power and authority you have in Jesus; that you will be all that God has called you to be; and that you will live in the power and authority of Jesus.

Romans 15:13 Overflowing With Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

People are always looking for hope, something to believe in. They look to things, money and people to give them reason to live. These things give them a short term of joy and peace, but fall very short quickly.

Often things look hopeless and people give up. They lack the power to keep moving forward with very little to hope for.

Paul gives a short prayer for God to fill the people with joy and peace that will overflow with hope given by the Holy Spirit.

With all of the turmoil, stress, destruction, violence, sickness and death in the world, very few people have any joy or peace. They seek for joy and peace in looking at things and people. Some may get a little joy for a moment, but it flees quickly in light of the rest of life’s troubles. Everything appears to be hopeless.

The believer has something that the world does not know about. It is knowing that God is in control and does what is best for him in every situation. As a believer begins to trust God, he will be filled with hope, which will result in joy and peace.

The joy comes because the believer knows that he is on the winning side with God in the end. He has peace, because he knows that God will bring him through whatever situation is in front of him.

As this joy and peace grows, the believer will also overflow with more and more hope in God. The power of the Holy Spirit will flow through him, strengthening him in times of trouble and turmoil.

You may be going through some difficult times or just watching the news and seeing nothing but turmoil. It may be tearing away at your joy and peace, threatening your hope.

Instead of looking to the world for your joy and peace, look to the God of hope. Trust God in every situation in your life or around your life. He is in control. Allow His joy and peace to overwhelm you and fill you with hope.

In the end you will win as you continue to trust God and believe in what Jesus did for you and is doing for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy and peace of trusting in God; that you will overflow with hope in God; and that you will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 19:11 No Real Power

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

Many people in the world think that they have control or authority over someone else. When things do not go their own way, they strive to exercise their authority and force others to follow their ways.

Often this authority is abused and taken too far. They feel that they are controlling everything and everyone from their own abilities and authority.

As Jesus was being tried, Pilate said he had authority of life and death. Jesus told him that he only had the authority given to him from God.

Authority is something a person is given and also is allowed to have. Without someone else given permission, no one can really do anything.

In working this way, many people are often manipulated into what they can and cannot do. Believers often live as though the world has authority over them and fear the enemy of their souls. In thinking this way, many believers fall into sin and allow themselves to be crushed.

The world has absolutely no real authority over a believer. Satan cannot force a believer to do anything.

Every believer needs to know where real authority comes from–God. Jesus gave all authority to the believer. As a one believes this, he will not be intimidated or fear the attacks and threats of the enemy. As with Jesus he will know that the enemy can only what God allows and is in His will.

Living with this pattern of thinking is putting one’s full trust in God. His life is in God’s hands, not the hands of the world.

Jesus came to give you an abundant life. He has also given you access to all of His authority on this earth. When you fully understand what He has done for you and given you, you can live the abundant life with no fear of the enemy.

Know that the enemy of your soul cannot force you to do anything. The enemy only has the authority over you that you allow him to have. God is really the one in control.

Follow God and His ways and know the abundant life He has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that you will walk in God’s authority.