be strong in the lord and in his mighty power

Epithets of Set

my favorites

  • The Lord of Heaven
  • He who supports the sky for all the gods
  • Before whom the sky trembles
  • The Lord of the Wind
  • The Storm
  • The master physician of Upper Egypt
  • The head of the upper Egyptian Shrine
  • Who is in the heart of the great houses
  • The Lord of the Oasis
  • The beautiful child of Ra
  • The Lord of Life
  • He with great magic
  • He who doesn’t care about the law
  • He who is pleased with cheating
  • He with great strength
  • He with great power at the tip of the barque
  • He who was fighting in the womb
  • He with the mighty arm
  • Whose arm is powerful
  • He who loves fighting
  • The Lord of Power and Strength
  • The Lord of the Force
  • He who is strong full of strength at the bow of the barque of the Lord of Millions
  • He who grips with full malice
  • He who rushes to inflict harm
  • He with the outstretched stride
  • He with great shape
  • He who holds his head high
  • The Red
  • He with red hair
  • He who arises with an arrow
  • Who fells the enemies at the bow of the barque of Ra
  • Who overthrows a/pep
  • Who overthrows a/pep at the bow of the barque of Ra
  • He who laps up the decayed
  • He who is in the fire
  • He of the popular gods
  • The Very Popular
  • He of great reputation
  • The great god
  • He with hidden/secret forms
  • The perfect god
  • Who is in the dark
  • The comrade of darkness
  • Who creates the eye of darkness
  • Who acts with violence
  • The offender
  • He with the great roar
  • The thief of the dawn
  • Who creates turmoil
  • Who causes the dispute to arise
  • Who prepares sorrow
  • Who inflicts his pain
  • Who orders the riot
  • Who roars words
  • Who hates society
  • The lord of the storm
  • The Enraged One
  • The Injurious One
  • Who is pleased with riot
  • Whose enemy is heart-weary

Ephesians 6:10-11
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Daily we need to gear up and put the armor of faith on. Daily we need to prepare against the schemes of the devil. You wouldn’t go to war without preparing and in this fallen world there are daily battles, take care of yourself by preparing for the day by daily putting the armor of God.

You Seem Familiar

So @asketchbookthing and me wanted to do an art trade for motivation and then… it turned into a collab. To no one’s surprise but our own.

Find her fantastic art here!!! Go, go!!

Witch/Familiar AU

First, a sound, like a rip and a sloosh, and then the smell of burning and a small, tiny flame that danced insecurely along the little match it fed on. 

But it was soon joined by many brothers and sisters, as it lit candle by candle until every creviche of a small room, mostly wooden, was filled with a soft glow.

“Very good,” a figure whispered gleefully and pushed a large, dusty hat out of her face, revealing her to be a young woman with blonde braids framing her face. “Do you see that, Plue? We’re almost good to go!”

The thing called Plue gave no answer but a feeble “feep,” resting its large head on its paws. Plue was – not a dog – but the idea of a dog, a creature that kind of resembled a dog in the right light, if you squinted. 

He was the witch’s familiar: her first, tentative attempt, but a friend she loved with all her heart. He was good company, and a kind soul. One thing he was not, though, was a good conversationalist.

And Lucy was in dire need of a proper conversation, of social interaction. One could not spend their days talking only to toads and an odd, silent animal familiar and expect to stay sane.  

Deep in the swamp, in a hut hidden by massive tree roots, inbetween shallow marshes, you didn’t meet many people. On the rare occasion a soul did wander into her territoy, she was sure to invite them into her dry abode. As long as she observed them beforehand, and determined they posed no threat.

The last thing she wanted was to be dragged, kicking and screaming, out of her new home. The swamp might be a lonely place, but it was safe and, above all, it was free. And freedom was what Lucy valued above all else.

But what she sought now, as she prepared the spell for summoning a familiar (a more powerful one this time; she thought she finally was strong enough now to conjure up what she desired), was company.

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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
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Daenerys? Jon Snow? Sorry, Sansa is the one who matters the most now.

I planned to write something longer and deeper but decide to tell the long story short.

Now here’s what we have as the background:
Jon Snow is hailed the King in the North.
Sweet Robin is the Lord of the Eyrie, Warden of the East.
Petyr Baelish is the Lord Protector of Robin Arryn, also the Lord of
Harrenhal.
Edmure Tully is the Lord of Riverrun, rules the Riverlands

Sansa vs Jon: They are a family. The North will be co-ruled by them, if she wishes to.
Sansa vs Petyr Baelish/Robin Arryn: Littlefinger has a crush on her and Robin sees Littlefinger as a fatherly figure. The Vale is at Sansa’s command.
Sansa vs Edmure Tully: She’s the niece of Edmure. So far Edmure has no heir. Giving the fact that Blackfish is dead, who should be the Lord/Lady of Riverrun if Edmure dies?

Baratheons and Tyrells, all legitimate heirs are gone. No serious threat from these two houses anymore, thanks to Cersei.

The only one who might still acts like an old-fashioned high-born lord in the Westros, is probably Jamie Lannister, whose father Tywin Lannister is the Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West. Sadly, Tywin is off the show and Tyrion is still sailing on the sea. With Cersei crowned herself as the Queen, Jamie, by all means, is totally qualified to inherit Tywin’s titles and lands, and I don’t see Cersei would have any problem in this matter.

OK NOW LISTEN TO WHAT I WANNA SAAAYYYYYY:

SANSA STARK SHOULD WED JAMMIE LANNISTER.

By marrying Jamie, Sansa would actually unite the North, the East and the West. Edmure Tullly, who holds the vast lands in the middle, restored his lordship with the aid of Jamie in the siege of Riverrun. He would swear allegiance to Sansa if he’s smart enough; if not, just simply kill him off and Sansa would be the Lady of Riverrun as she’s the oldest surviving child of the Tully bloodline if Edmure dies childless.

In this case, The North, The Vale, The Riverlands and The Westerland would all be connected by Sansa Stark. Just look at the map of Westeros, two thirds of the Seven Kingdoms would be under her influence. And please be kindly reminded that Cersei is still the Queen, with the connection between she and Jamie, the Crownlands could be considered as a slice of Sansa’s realm too.

Now let’s talk about what should happen, or would happen when Daenerys lands her army on the shore.

CERSEI IS DOOMED. The Tyrells and the Dornishes will seek their revenge and help Daenerys seize her throne. Is Jamie gonna help? Maybe. But we feel the shock and anger in Jamie’s eyes when witnessing Cersei’s coronation. With Sansa his wife, even though he thinks he should ‘protect’ Cersei, he still has to weigh the situation—Is it necessary to risk against four powerful kingdoms behind his wife’s back, in addition to The Reach and The Dorne, to fight for a ruler who’s obviously has no true followers? NO. With Sansa/Petyr by his side, Jamie would abandon Cersei.

FINALLY, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WHITE WALKER.

Lords of the Westeros have been fighting each other for twenty years and gained nothing. The real threat is marching south and we all know that eventually Daenerys and Jon Snow will fight as one. (Giving the fact Jon Snow is half Targaryen, I would love to see him riding a dragon. )

Sansa loves Jon, as a brother, as a family, and please never forget that she is a Stark. No matter how bitter people feel about her intimacy with Petyr and how she feels disappointed for not getting the credits she deserves, SHE WILL NEVER BETRAY JON. When the time comes that Daenerys and Jon call for a united Westeros to fight the Night King, I SEE NO REASON SANSA SHOULD REFUSE, SHE WILL SUPPORT JON FULLY HEARTED. SHE IS THE KEY TO A UNITED WESTEROS

Don’t you people see how the game is being played now?? And all the scheming and canvassing in order to wed Sansa to Jamie Lannister could only be delivered by our mighty Lord ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish. Seriouly.

I’m personally a Petyr/Sansa shipper and just love the chemistry between them. I’m also a believer of ‘Baelism’, the Westeros form of Machiavellism. Sometimes I do think like Littlefinger so I’d love to see the holy union between The Starks and The Lannisters. It’s the Game of Thrones, nothing is impossible. I trully appreciate Petyr’s efforts in transforming Sansa from a day-dreaming princess into a real player regardless his initial motivation. Sansa would not have been this strong and powerful without Petyr Baelish.

If HBO really wants to make GOT an epic show, not some Disney-fairytale, please make the story go this way and DO NOT KILL OFF LITTLEFINGER as there will be so much fun with him around.

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.
—  Ephesians 6:10-11

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

Finally, let the Lord make you strong.
Depend on his mighty power.
Put on all of God’s armor.
Then you can remain strong
against the devil’s evil plans.
—  Ephesians 6:10-1
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
—  Ephesians 6:10-11

anonymous asked:

How would I understand the bible? It is like a riddle.

Hm… I think there are some confusing parts, but most of it’s very straightforward. Here is a lot of scripture that is (hopefully) easier to understand than the portions you’re referring to.

And for people scrolling, if you have a problem with too much scripture on your dashboard, feel free to unfollow me. 

Others can feel free to add to this list. What are some other simple to understand passages?

1st Thessalonians 5

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

John 3

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Psalms 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Psalms 150

Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

Ephesians 6

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Philippians 4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.And the God of peace will be with you.

hellometamorphosisss-deactivate  asked:

Why God has so many names? Just wonderin' thank you :)

Each of the many names of God describes a different aspect of His many-faceted character. Here are some of the better-known names of God in the Bible:

EL, ELOAH:God “mighty, strong, prominent” (Genesis 7:1;Isaiah 9:6) – etymologically,Elappears to mean “power,” as in “I have the power to harm you” (Genesis 31:29).Elis associated with other qualities, such as integrity (Numbers 23:19), jealousy (Deuteronomy 5:9), and compassion (Nehemiah 9:31), but the root idea of might remains.

ELOHIM:God “Creator, Mighty and Strong” (Genesis 17:7;Jeremiah 31:33) – the plural form of Eloah, which accommodates the doctrine of the Trinity. From the Bible’s first sentence, the superlative nature of God’s power is evident as God (Elohim) speaks the world into existence (Genesis 1:1).

EL SHADDAI:“God Almighty,” “The Mighty One of Jacob” (Genesis 49:24;Psalm 132:2,5) – speaks to God’s ultimate power over all.

ADONAI:“Lord” (Genesis 15:2;Judges 6:15) – used in place of YHWH, which was thought by the Jews to be too sacred to be uttered by sinful men. In the Old Testament, YHWH is more often used in God’s dealings with His people, while Adonai is used more when He deals with the Gentiles.

YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH:“LORD” (Deuteronomy 6:4;Daniel 9:14) – strictly speaking, the only proper name for God. Translated in English Bibles “LORD” (all capitals) to distinguish it from Adonai, “Lord.” The revelation of the name is first given to Moses “I Am who I Am” (Exodus 3:14). This name specifies an immediacy, a presence. Yahweh is present, accessible, near to those who call on Him for deliverance (Psalm 107:13), forgiveness (Psalm 25:11) and guidance (Psalm 31:3).

YAHWEH-JIREH:“The Lord Will Provide” (Genesis 22:14) – the name memorialized by Abraham when God provided the ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac.

YAHWEH-RAPHA:“The Lord Who Heals” (Exodus 15:26) – “I am Jehovah who heals you” both in body and soul. In body, by preserving from and curing diseases, and in soul, by pardoning iniquities.

YAHWEH-NISSI:“The Lord Our Banner” (Exodus 17:15), where banner is understood to be a rallying place. This name commemorates the desert victory over the Amalekites inExodus 17.

YAHWEH-M’KADDESH:“The Lord Who Sanctifies, Makes Holy” (Leviticus 20:8;Ezekiel 37:28) – God makes it clear that He alone, not the law, can cleanse His people and make them holy.

YAHWEH-SHALOM:“The Lord Our Peace” (Judges 6:24) – the name given by Gideon to the altar he built after the Angel of the Lord assured him he would not die as he thought he would after seeing Him.

YAHWEH-ELOHIM:“LORD God” (Genesis 2:4;Psalm 59:5) – a combination of God’s unique name YHWH and the generic “Lord,” signifying that He is the Lord of Lords.

YAHWEH-TSIDKENU:“The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16) – As with YHWH-M’Kaddesh, it is God alone who provides righteousness to man, ultimately in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who became sin for us “that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

YAHWEH-ROHI:"The Lord Our Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1) – After David pondered his relationship as a shepherd to his sheep, he realized that was exactly the relationship God had with him, and so he declares, “Yahweh-Rohi is my Shepherd. I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).

YAHWEH-SHAMMAH:“The Lord Is There” (Ezekiel 48:35) – the name ascribed to Jerusalem and the Temple there, indicating that the once-departed glory of the Lord (Ezekiel 8—11) had returned (Ezekiel 44:1-4).

YAHWEH-SABAOTH:"The Lord of Hosts” (Isaiah 1:24;Psalm 46:7) –Hostsmeans “hordes,” both of angels and of men. He is Lord of the host of heaven and of the inhabitants of the earth, of Jews and Gentiles, of rich and poor, master and slave. The name is expressive of the majesty, power, and authority of God and shows that He is able to accomplish what He determines to do.

EL ELYON:“Most High” (Deuteronomy 26:19) – derived from the Hebrew root for “go up” or “ascend,” so the implication is of that which is the very highest. El Elyon denotes exaltation and speaks of absolute right to lordship.

EL ROI:“God of Seeing” (Genesis 16:13) – the name ascribed to God by Hagar, alone and desperate in the wilderness after being driven out by Sarah (Genesis 16:1-14). When Hagar met the Angel of the Lord, she realized she had seen God Himself in a theophany. She also realized that El Roi saw her in her distress and testified that He is a God who lives and sees all.

EL-OLAM:“Everlasting God” (Psalm 90:1-3) – God’s nature is without beginning or end, free from all constraints of time, and He contains within Himself the very cause of time itself. “From everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”

EL-GIBHOR:“Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6) – the name describing the Messiah, Christ Jesus, in this prophetic portion of Isaiah. As a powerful and mighty warrior, the Messiah, the Mighty God, will accomplish the destruction of God’s enemies and rule with a rod of iron (Revelation 19:15).

ATV's Victory

And so, the Chosen Six, guided by LORD HELIX, at long last reached the final test of their strength and conviction of spirit: INDIGO PLATEAU.

The foes before them were like no other. The ELITE FOUR were the four final guardians of The Dome’s power, the last stronghold of that great malevolent force’s grip upon Kanto. However, the Chosen Six stood strong.

There was the resilient Prince Air, he who carried Red across vast seas to distant lands, and who battled tirelessly against the tides of his foes.

There was the noble King Fonz, who made the world rumble with fierce waves and mighty feats of STRENGTH.

There was the magnificent Messiah Bird Jesus, the loyal longtime companion and guide to Red, reflecting back the attacks of all adversity and clearing a path with his splendid SKY ATTACKS that tore through air itself.

There was the glorious Arch Angel of Justice, the magnificent Electric Bird of Legend that the Masterball had tamed, lord of lightning, that dropped great bolts of crackling wrath from the very heavens.

There was the physical incarnation of Lord Helix Himself, in the body of the awe-inspiring Omastar, a timeless creature of the deepest oceans, striking out with HYDRO PUMPS from the place which all life began.

And then there was ATV. ATV was neither strong nor did he possess impressive moves. The small moth was honored and humbled to be among the Chosen Six, when he was plucked from the PC and placed among the great Party. But as time went on, ATV did wonder about his purpose. Why had Lord Helix chosen him, among all others in the PC, to be at his side? What could he possibly contribute to the mighty struggle against the Dome’s corruption in this world?

Many times did the team battle against the ELITE FOUR. With each time, the team grew stronger and stronger. The power of Dome was vast in this place, but the Team knew that it would overcome. ATV watched as each of his companions only increased in strength and courage as the struggle continued.

Yet still, ATV wondered: what was his purpose? Had the almighty Lord Helix been mistaken to choose him? For as the battle raged, ATV could do very little to assist his companions.

The time came when the Team reached the last of the ELITE FOUR, their corrupt leader, LANCE, master of Dragons. Each of the Team had battled most heroically and impressively, but the struggle had been long and taken its toll. As they now faced the cruel visage of LANCE, they found themselves overwhelmed by his dark power. His evil Dragons did their work, and when the smoke settled, ATV saw that the last of his companions did fall. They had taken all but one of Lance’s Dragons with them.

But Lance’s final Dragon was DRAGONITE, the mightiest of his evil Dragon warriors! The massive creature loomed before ATV, gazing down upon him with a smile of such confidence and amusement.

“Oh how the mighty have fallen,” the DRAGONITE mocked,

“You may as well leave this place, little one. For this battle I have already won.”

ATV looked to his foe, and to his fallen companions. What was he to do? All that stood in the way of the Dome’s evil power from seizing the land of Kanto was him! The last standing warrior of LORD HELIX, ATV, Venomoth of the Safari Zone.  

ATV turned to DRAGONITE with resolve. The Dragon spoke,

“What? You do intend to fight? This shall be amusing.”

But ATV’s heart was pure, and his love for LORD HELIX unfaltering. He did not know if he could win, but for HELIX, he would try, and for HELIX, he would give every last ounce of strength!

The enormous DRAGONITE did cast psychic BARRIERS of great power and marshaled his AGILITY to an intense degree. But the tiny ATV flitted about above the Dragon’s head, and planted the small seeds of toxicity with his POISON POWDER.

The poison did seep into the mighty DRAGONITE. The beast at first did not notice. Yet its vision began to falter. The creature realized it was not striking ATV with its forceful HYPER BEAM or its BODY SLAM. Slowly, slowly, ATV drained the Dragon’s energy with its LEECH LIFE, and the poison did weaken the mighty beast.

The battle was lengthy and harrowing, but the moment arrived when Lance’s DRAGONITE, the poison methodically choking the life from him, fell with a thunderous crash. And on that day, ATV, conquerer of all terrains, vanquished the ultimate of terrains of dragonflesh; and ATV became ATV the Dragonslayer.

A reading from the Gospel of jaybugjimmies 

evverlastingglovee  asked:

How can I be brave?

The word strength and its derivatives are mentioned over 360 times in the Bible, applying to both natural and supernatural strength. The Greek word katei means “power, strength, might.” In the Bible, strength is mentioned by Paul. He tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). Paul is telling us that the unlimited power and strength of Christ are the source of strength for those who belong to Him.

As Christians, we are to be strong in the mighty power of God. This means that our strength is not our own; it is not human or fleshly. Our strength is not of the world, but our strength is found in Christ—in our having a vibrant, dynamic relationship with Him. As Paul tells us in Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). In other words, there is no other source that gives man the strength to overcome the world with its trials, its temptations, and death. It is through submission to God’s strength that we overcome the power of Satan: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). It is by first aligning ourselves with the strength of God through our total submission to Him that we are able to withstand the wiles of the evil one: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Bound up in the idea of finite man relying on the strength of God to overcome, to press on and to persevere, is the reality that man can in no way save himself. Only God does that. Paul makes this abundantly clear in his letter to the Ephesians: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). These two verses are the most forceful summary of the dynamics of salvation found anywhere in the Bible. They help us to understand the contrast of man’s total helplessness with that of God’s insuperable strength.

It is a gross fallacy to believe that in our own strength we can save ourselves. The Bible makes it clear that we’re not saved by our works, by our own volition, or by the number of good things we do. But the chief reason that our salvation is not by our strength, but from God, is the utter sinfulness of man as compared with the transcending standard of the righteousness and excellence of God. It is essentially a contrast which we cannot comprehend. God’s righteousness is beyond us. His is radical.

God has taken upon Himself the responsibility for our salvation because only He has the strength to do so. He has promised to reveal to the world His power and His might. This is what happens whenever the Spirit of God comes into the heart of a sinner. When we finally come to acknowledge Him as our Savior and admit our total helplessness and dependency upon Him, then will we come to know of His strength, His power, and His might.