KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might”.
Among the countless revelations the Holy Spirit revealed to the Apostle Paul, was the insight into our spiritual warfare. This calls on us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
This particular study spans the whole of Ephesians 6:10-18. It cannot be treated or studied from one verse only. We would therefore go through it in turns to be able to understand, and appreciate the whole teaching on being strong in the Lord,
Our key scripture is the foundation or the need for all that followed. He tells us to be strong in the power of His might. The word strong means to be endued with strength. It means do not be moved in your relationship with the Lord. Not to be shaken about anything whatsoever. It also said we must be strong in the power of His might: God is almighty. All power belongs to Him.
Although God is extremely powerful many of His children fall short of walking in His power to defeat the devil. He shows us how to be strong. The way to be strong is to put on the whole armour of God. Our strength is not within ourselves. His strength to us, is His armour. We have no strength of ourselves. Your ability to make use of the armour will determine how strong you would become, and how effective you would be able to defeat the devil.
The enemy that is the devil is a schemer. He is a trickster. The Bible calls it wiles of the devil. These wiles are described as cunning arts, deceit, craft or trickery. Everything Satan does is not the real thing. He is not the truth and has no truth in Him, yet whatever he does appears so real and has been believed by most Christians.
The Bible calls on us to stand or be able to resist all these tricks and strategies of the devil.
Now get this point very clearly. In our context with the enemy. No matter what the devil does we are those who are STANDING and not those who are on the floor. A look at the whole passage reveals four different places where the word STAND or WITHSTAND is used. Ephesians 6:11, 13, 14. Please no matter how defeated it appears you have been, don’t ever accept that you are on the floor. STAND, STAND, STAND! Because you are not down but STANDING.
I am strong in the Lord. My strength is in the Armour of the Lord. The devil is a schemer and a trickster. I always win over him as I stand my grounds to overcome him.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”.