Being Powered by God
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Ephesians 6: 10 (KJV)
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
“It often requires a braver man to say “No,” than to take the Cashmere Gate at Delhi. Perfect courage consists in doing without a witness all that we could do if the whole world were looking on.”
Friends, if we are going to be victorious in the spiritual battles we face, we are going to need spiritual power. The problem is, none of us possess spiritual power within ourselves. We are weak, frail, fallible, foolish creatures, and we are often on the losing side of the battles of life. If we hope to achieve victory, we must have true spiritual power. This verse tells us where that power originates.
Here we find that Paul having laid before his reader, their great and high calling, and all the doctrines and precepts of the Gospel, it was necessary that he should show them the enemies that will oppose them, and the strength which is requisite to enable them to repel them. The admonition Paul was about to give here had been in mind throughout the epistle. He mentioned the strength of God (Ephesians 1:19; 3:16) and the putting on of “the new man” (Ephesians 4:24) earlier; but now he would give final instructions for arming the Christian for the warfare against the forces which opposed him. “The cosmic purpose of God involves the believer with the spiritual hierarchy of the unseen world organized under the power of Satan and his influences.
The believers of Ephesus were told that they must have strength, and strength of a spiritual kind, and such strength too as the Lord himself can furnish; and they must have this strength through an indwelling God, the power of His might working in them. He was not unaware that in the discharge of their duties they would need strength from above. He knew that they had great and mighty foes, and that to meet them, they needed to be clothed in the panoply of the Christian soldier. He closes, therefore, by exhorting them to put on all the strength which they could to meet the enemies with which they had to contend; and in the commencement of his exhortation he reminds them that it was only by the strength of the Lord that they could hope for victory.
There is good reason for our being so often advised in the Scriptures to “be strong.” Christian character has two sides. We cease to do evil. We also learn to do well. But doing well is impossible if we are not strong. The forces of evil are many and mighty. Life is short. The love of ease is deep rooted. Unless we are strong, we effect nothing. Our lives shall be mere bundles of resolves never effected, collections of impotent wishes that never come to anything.
Spiritual power can only be ours through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This means that just as we trust Jesus and His death and resurrection to save us, we must trust Him to give us the spiritual power we so desperately need. Just as we need His righteousness to enter into God’s Heaven, we need His power if we are going to stand against the attacks we face in life. Just as we need His blood to take away our sins, we need His power to defeat Satan. If the Lord aids us by His mighty power, we have no reason to shrink from the combat. But it will be asked, What purpose did it serve to enjoin the Ephesians to be strong in the Lord’s mighty power, which they could not of themselves accomplish? In a difficult, hostile and indifferent society, Christian strength is a subject which needs emphasizing. A strength that only comes from Jehovah God.
Have a Great and God filled Day!