“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)
Several years ago, the US Army came out with a recruiting pitch that encouraged young people to be “Army Strong”. The 30 and 60 second commercials showcased powerful images from the lives of soldiers. According to the creative director, “Army Strong is inspired by the heart of the Army, the soldier.” Therefore, the soldier is to draw upon all his strength to accomplish any goal.
Today, we who are in God’s Army find ourselves in a cosmic spiritual battle. The forces of evil are destined to destroy the church with every means imaginable. Nevertheless, we as God’s people can not rely upon our own strength. We must call upon the strength of our Lord to empower us to fight the battles in life. Chip Ingram in his book The Invisible War renders this passage as such: Allow yourself to be continually strengthened by the power already made available to you in your new position and relationship with Christ. This same power is the power that raised Jesus from the dead. This is available to you in Christ. The battle belongs to the Lord!
You might find yourself in the struggle of your life. Let me remind you, the battle belongs to the Lord. You may be dealing with a sin that you can not seem to conquer. Let me remind you, the battle belongs to the Lord. You might be facing a great health risk. Let me remind you, the battle belongs to the Lord.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, NASB95)
Let me rephrase this great passage for us. I can endure all things through Christ who strengthens me. And you can. So, instead of being Army Strong, let’s be Christ Strong in all our lives.
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