STRONG IN THE LORD
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul was “…an ambassador in bonds…”, yet, he knew he needed to remain faithful to continue to speak the message of the gospel at every opportunity that the Lord provided him, but he also knew that he needed the Lord to furnish him with the strength and boldness to do so.
We are living in times of great opposition to Jesus and all of those who would dare to be faithful in calling this untoward generation to repentance and faith in Jesus. Without the power of God upon our lives today we can expect to a Church full of cowards and compromisers. The Lord gives to us the pathway to having such power and boldness.
#1. FULL SUBMISSION (v.11 Put on the “whole” armour of God…)
Every area of our lives must be in total submission to the Lord if we are to expect the Lord to share His power with us.
#2. FAITHFUL STANDS (v.14 Stand therefore…”)
Each time a Christian decides to take a stand against the forces of evil, they become stronger in the Lord, until one day they will be as bold as a lion, but each time a person cowers in the face of opposition they lose a portion of their backbone, until one day they become as timid as a mouse.
#3. FAITHFUL SWORD (17 And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God)
A. Filled With the Word:
Colossians 3:16 tells us; “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”.
Colossians 3:16 is the similar language that the Lord uses in Ephesians 5:18,19 to admonish each Christian to be “filled with the Spirit”. That shows us that to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with the Word. The Holy Spirit fullness will be in the same portion as the fullness of the Word in our lives.
B. Fight With the Word:
The only offensive weapon we are given in our spiritual battles is the Word of God. Like a soldier who was a trained swordsman, so must the Christian be a soldier who is knowledgeable, and experienced in using the Word against the opposition.
#4. FREQUENT SUPPLICATIONS: (v.18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit)
Prayer and supplication (more prayer) releases the power of God into our lives as well as into the situation that we are praying about.
No one will be any stronger than their prayer life. Someone has rightly said; “Little Prayer, Little Power; Much Prayer, Much Power”.