In order to obey the command to “Be Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might”, we first must realize the Strength of Our Lord. We are talking “spiritual strength”…the type of strength our Lord gives us, and the verses following this one of Ephesians 6:10 describe the armor of God that we put on to stand against the wiles (plots and strategies) of the devil. Friends, our enemy is out to rob, kill, and destroy, and it is TIME to BE STRONG!
I Peter 5:8 says it’s time to BE SOBER…BE VIGILANT…because why? …Because your adversary the devil, is as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour.
Here is an introductory song I wrote called “Strong” that will prepare your focus on the fact that Our Lord IS STRONG…
One of my favorite verses, and a theme verse of Handmaiden Music, is Psalm 29:11, which begins, “The Lord Will give STRENGTH to His People…” This is a promise, yes… but it is only to those who belong to Him. HIS denotes Lordship (ownership) over people that belong to him… so we conclude that the first step to obtaining strength, is to BE HIS. Amen? We must KNOW HIM. Daniel 11:32 says…”the people that do know their God shall BE STRONG, and do exploits.” Yes, here again, we see the word THEIR…a word in which they take ownership of Him too. WHOSE are you? Answering this question, puts you on the road to Being Strong in the Lord.
We need to be strong IN HEARING what Our Lord has to say! To Be Strong in an area is to believe and meditate on what God has to say in His Word about a particular area and to then put His Word above all else…no matter what it “looks like”…for this will bring about “overcoming” in our circumstances, situations, and future endeavors. We trust what God SAYS over what We seem to be experiencing at the moment. Summing this up, I John 2:14 says, “I have written to you, young men, because you ARE STRONG, and the Word of God abideth IN YOU, and you HAVE overcome the wicked one.”
We must also be strong against attacks against our minds. You’ve heard the phrase “The Battlefield of the Mind” …and it is a true concept. The enemy will come with negative thoughts, imaginations, feelings, emotions, opinions, and world ideas. He will bring oppression, and confusion. He will cloud our judgment, keeping us from accurately discerning things in our lives that could lead to horrible consequences. Our enemy is out to destroy, while our Lord is out to give us “Life” and that more abundantly. Our Lord has given us a “sound mind” according to II Tim 1:7. We must not receive every thought as being from us or God, for the enemy “plants” thoughts and uses others to do so. We must be alert to “take our thoughts captive” “to the obedience of Christ”. Meaning don’t think them, if you know they aren’t something Christ would be telling you! Your regenerated heart knows, and the Word guides you.
The scripture tells us that we go from “strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7)… This is because we Have the Strength of the Lord at our disposal. He IS our strength. In fact, his strength is made perfect in weakness. Part of drawing on God’s strength is to realize that our own strength is small. II Cor 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We have to recognize our need for anything, before we can draw it to ourselves. You have to recognize you are thirsty, to drink. You have to recognize you are hungry, to eat. You have to recognize you are tired, to lie down to rest. Same is true when we need spiritual strength. We need to recognize that we are weak, before we draw upon the Strength of the Lord. It is available. But not unless we draw upon it.
Now… sometimes, an appetite needs to be wetted, before it is realized… and so for you to truly see your own need for the Strength of the Lord, I am going to share some verses on Strength…
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord IS the strength of my life.”
Exodus 15:2 “The Lord IS my strength and my song.”
II Samuel 22:33 “God is my strength and power. And He makes my way perfect.”
Job 12:13 “With him is wisdom and strength.”
Psalm 18:1,2 “I will love thee, O Lord, My Strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (I love the word “my” throughout this verse! — David is “drawing upon” HIS Lord.)
Psalm 18:32 “It is God that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect.” (do you see the resemblance to II Sam 22:33 above?)
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; be of a good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.”
Psalm 28:7a “The Lord IS my strength and my shield. My heart trusted in him, and I am helped.”
Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 119:28…”Strengthen thou me, according unto thy word.”
Psalm 138:3 “On the day I called thou didst answer me. Thou didst make me bold with strength in my soul.”
Prov 10:29 “The way of the Lord is strength to the upright…”
Prov 24:5 “A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength.”
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Joel 3:10b “…let the weak say, I am strong.”
Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
I will close with this prayer of Ephesians 3:16: “May He grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”
Strength is not dependent upon man. It is not dependent upon others. Our strength comes from God’s Presence. The word says, “in your presence is fullness of joy” and in another place it says, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” SO, we conclude, if we live in His Presence we will BE STRONG.