Fortify Yourself With The Word – Pastor Chris
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…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. 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 (Ephesians 6:10-13).
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The first part of our opening Scripture urges God’s people to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. God never tells you to do something you couldn’t do; if He says, “Be strong in the Lord,” it means that’s what you need to do.
Then, the eleventh verse says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Again, He tells you what to do against the devil. You shouldn’t say, “The devil is too strong for me”; if you put on the whole armour of God, you’ll be able to stand against all the stratagems, schemes, manoeuvres, and manipulations of the devil. The instruction is clear: Fortify yourself in, and with the Word.
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Many Christians live a life that looks like Christianity, but isn’t true Christianity. As a result, when they face challenges, they falter and are defeated, and then they whine, “But I prayed; I don’t know why God didn’t do it.” But in the verses that we read in our theme scripture, God instructed us clearly on what to do. What He said in verse thirteen is the reason for verses 10-12. It says, “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.”
There’s a day of trouble (the evil day); it may not be today, but it’s to be anticipated. There’s an enemy out there seeking whom to devour, and when he has the opportunity, he’ll strike. But we’re not ignorant of His devices. As long as you’re strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might, putting on the whole armour of God, you’ll discomfit the enemy whenever he shows up, and you’ll still be standing.
I live far above the machinations, schemes, and devices of the devil, because I live in Christ, fortified in, and by the Word! I’m strong in the Lord and in the power of His might; I’m positioned for victory, and energised for the supernatural life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 4:4 1 Corinthians 10:13 James 4:7
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 22:39-65 1 Samuel 29-31
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 5:35-43 Leviticus 27
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