KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:10 KJV” Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might”.
We thank the Lord for how far He has brought us. We begin a new series. This time we consider being strong in the Lord. After taking various messages on preaching the word we now take a study into how to be strong in the Lord. This would help some of our brothers who made a decision to surrender their lives to Jesus, and also to keep all of us on our toes as we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Apostle Peter in 2nd Peter 1:5–8 listed certain qualities that every child of God must add to his faith. In 2Peter 1:8 KJV, for if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To be strong means you are fruitful bringing results or fruits unto the Lord. The Lord said in John 15:8 KJV “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so, shall ye be my disciples. The Lord is glorified when we bear much fruit., Barrenness is a reproach and a stigma, and so you must refuse to be barren. This is the reason you have to be strong as a child of God. The following are a list of the qualities that we ought to add to our faith so we may be strong to be fruitful. (2nd Peter 1:5–8)
1.Diligence that is, to make every effort and focus
2 Virtue, that is moral excellence or doing things rightly all the time
3 Knowledge. To be filled with the word of God
4.Temperance: Have control over your ego and appetites
5 Patience: the ability to trust God for his promises to be fulfilled or to bear with some of the inconsistencies of people
6.Kindness: A heart to be a blessing to the needy
7.Charity: To place a great price on all persons and to affectionately seek their good.
When we have these qualities in us, we would be strong and would not be barren or unfruitful. There are a lot for us to learn about being strong so we may allow these qualities to be freely and fully exhibited in us. The world is longing for the manifestation of the true sons of God. We must avail ourselves so we can be lights and salt of our world. It is rather distasteful to hear all kinds of scandals about Christians. This ought not to be so. We are the answers to the many questions of the world and must not fail our Father who has made us the light and salt of our world. May the grace of God abound unto us as we go through these series of studies and to be able to live them out in our lives in Jesus name.
Thank you, heavenly father that your word makes me strong. As I daily feed on your word I am equipped to be very effective in your service. I bear much fruit to glorify your name. Thank you, Lord.
2Timothy 2:1 KJV “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” .
Joshua 1:9 KJV” Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”.