Megan Evans, Women’s Ministry Director, LHBC
Ephesians 6:10 (CSB)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Do you ever find yourself running out of steam? Like a small little engine chugging along life’s uphill battles, we fear at any moment that we could run out of our last drop of strength and slide all the way back down. The fall might be hard, but so is the climb. Life is just plain hard at times, but there is hope for us today.
It’s easy to listen to the world when we feel ourselves running on empty. “Experts” are quick to tell us to be strong and sell us on self-help and self-care. So we look down at our tired little locomotive and decide that we just need a fresh coat of paint or a shiny new whistle. And while some of these things might be helpful, they are temporary at best. True soul-nourishing strength comes from the Lord.
It is easy to tell ourselves (and others) to stay strong, but this is only possible with God’s might. We can’t forget to tell of the best part–our staying strong is really more about our standing firm on Christ’s victorious ground. For too long we have believed the lie that “I can be strong in myself by the strength of my own might.” However, the promise of this mentality is as earth-bound as a gym membership. We need to tackle more than what we can see. We can grit our teeth and hold on for dear life, but nothing changes until we let go—in Christ. Oh, but God! In beautiful surrender He meets us in our weakness.
Yes, in the Name of Jesus, by His blood, in His authority, according to His Word, in the power of His Spirit, we are strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Paul reminds the Ephesians (and us) that our struggles are less about what is seen, and more about what is taking place in the spiritual realm. The enemy wants to defeat us and build strongholds of counterfeit rule in any area of our life that he can. The only sure way to stay strong is to seek the Lord. God’s armor readies us for every battle—the uphill battle, the daily battle, and even the infamous battle of a lifetime.
Nothing takes God by surprise. God is always combat ready and Ephesians 6:10-20 invites us to slip on His victorious complete armor so that we can stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. Only then are we able to stand up under the crushing weight of attack. As a Child of God, strength is not measured by our human ability to bear weight. Thank goodness, because the pressures of life are often more than we can lift and hold. But daily as we write God’s Word on our heart and learn His promises and truth; as we pray, as we live out the gospel and admonish others, we are strengthened and remain standing in the strength of His might.
What area of weakness do you need to surrender to God’s mighty strength today?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, I am weak, but you are strong. Meet me here today. Open my eyes and help me surrender my struggle and the battle of this day. Tie your belt of truth tightly around my waist. Cover my body with the breastplate of your righteousness. Fasten sandals of your gospel peace upon my feet. Ready me with your shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the mighty weapon of your Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.