Sitting with the Shepherd
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10 NKJV)
In his letter to the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul has affirmed the plethora of spiritual blessings poured out on all believers by God in Christ. Paul has admonished them to walk worthy of their calling after being made alive from the dead, spiritually speaking. And now he prepares them for the warfare that will surely come, as an attempt to dissuade them from walking in the victory that was won at the cross.
Finally after all is said and done, brethren (common believers not super saints), you will need strength for what lies ahead. We are in danger here of trying to overlook the day to day skirmishes in preparation for the major battles. We have a tendency to rely on our own strength in the daily routine challenges thinking that we can handle them. It's just the big stuff that we need help with. This is another deceptive tactic of the enemy.
The Gospel is not just for yesterday or tomorrow, but it is for today. Jesus Himself said that apart from the Father He could do nothing. If He as the Son of God in His humanity could not accomplish anything on His own, how much less can we? The power of God spoken of in this verse is miracle working power, a strength beyond normal. We need that power as much in daily pressures, in strained human relationships, and in physical challenges. Thank God that our Father knows that we are dust and in Christ, He empowers us to do all things through Christ Who strengthens us.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV)
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. Which spiritual blessings are you the most grateful for?
2. What is our tendency when we prepare ourselves for spiritual warfare?
3. The Gospel says that Jesus came and died that we could have the power of God to do through us that we could not. How is that truth applied in your daily life?
My Blessed God and Father, thank You that greater is He Who is us than he who is in the world. I confess that in my own strength I cannot accomplish anything worthwhile. Thank You Father God that I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Impart to me the righteousness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that You may be glorified in me eternally. Amen