Be Strong

imageI have prayed “Lord, Give me strength” many a time (it’s a standard prayer for teachers and parents). But as I’m reading this morning, I’m questioning that prayer. God does not tell us to ask for strength but to “Be Strong!” It’s a command. He would not call us to do something He has not equipped us to do.

Fortunately, He does not just say “Be strong!” and not tell us how.

1. Be strong in Him. Know He is fighting our behalf and He is all-powerful.
2. Put on your Armour. Know who you are in Him, remember you have been redeemed, learn to use your sword.
3. Know your “real” enemy and know how he fights.
4. Stand strong. Refuse to retreat. Never relent. Fight from a place of victory not for victory.

The struggle is real, brothers and sisters. Be strong!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV)