God is strong, and he wants you strong. - Ephesians 6:10 (MSG)
He wants you to thrive and be the very best you can be, and He will give you the tools to be just that.
1. God is the one who makes you strong…not other people.
There are times when you may feel that you have to be the stronger person in your family, in your friendships, or other relationships, at work, at school, but know that God wants you to know that HE is the one who is strong and he is the one who can make you strong. It’s not about being strong because of other people, but because of the Lord. Let HIM be the one who carries you.
: 2. God is the one who will give you the strength to get past your insecurities. When it comes to the uncertainty or anxiety about yourself, or the lack of confidence, it’s not about trying to talk them away or downplay them in your mind. It’s about knowing that God is the one who will give you the strength, giving you the best possible materials so that you will be able to stand against the things thrown your way. You do NOT find the strength on your own to look or think past these things. God is the one who makes you strong.
: 3. God is the one who will give you strength when it comes to relationships. When you find yourself getting discouraged about what hasn’t happened yet, who hasn’t shown up, remember as Paul said here to the Ephesians, know that this race we’re running isn’t just some little contest that will be over in few hours. This is a race for life and the only way we are going to make it is by being prepared. Prepare yourself for the future by learning to lean on God in the present! You can’t get there alone. It’s all Him!
Daily Reading: Ephesians 6:10-13
Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo
1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)
We are engaged in a spiritual battle - all believers find themselves subject to Satan’s attacks because they are no longer on Satan’s side. Thus, Paul tells in Ephesians 6:10-17 to use every piece of God’s armour to resist Satan’s attacks and to stand true to God in the midst of them.
Belt - truth… : Satan fights with lies and sometimes his lies sound like truth but believers have God’s truth, which can defeat Satan’s lies..
Body armour- God’s righteousness: Satan often attacks our hearts - the seat of our emotions, self worth and trust. God’s righteousness is the breastplate that protects our heart and ensures His approval. He approves of us because we have trusted Christ to save us and cleanse our hearts from sin.
Shoes- the peace that comes from the good news : Satan wants us to think that telling others the good news is a worthless and Hopeless task the size of the task is too big and the negative responses are too much to handle. But the shoes God gives us are the true peace that is available in God, which prepares us to share the news with others.
Shield - faith: the shield of faith protects us from Satan’s fiery darts in the form of insults, setbacks and temptations. With God’s perspective, we can see beyond our circumstances and know that ultimate victory is ours.
Helmet - salvation: Satan wants to make us doubt God. Jesus and our salvation. The helmet protects our mind from doubting God’s saving work for us.
Sword- the word of God: the sword is the only weapon of offence in the list of armour. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted, we need to trust in the truth of God’s word..
From the students life application study bible NLT
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.”
Ephesians 6:10 HCSB
Paul the Apostle follows this passage with saying put on the full armor of God. It’s another way of saying wear Jesus Christ. Be so clothed in our hearts and souls with biblical truth and the spirit of God that Christ flows from everything that we do that no matter what the world throws at us, it meets Christ through us.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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.
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 6:10-11 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.
When you wake up in the morning and get ready for the day, you’re probably not thinking about stepping onto a battlefield. But the enemy is all around us, constantly assaulting our heart and mind with temptations, adversities, emotional attacks, and more. And some days, it feels as though we are standing on the front lines of combat with no protection whatsoever.
Therein lies our misunderstanding. You see, we do have protection. The Lord made provision for our nakedness in battle. He hasn’t sent us to war unprotected. Instead, He’s given us a suit of armor that the enemy can’t penetrate—the armor of God.
In today’s passage, the apostle Paul tells us step by step how to prepare for our daily warfare, and yet most Christians don’t pay much attention to the instruction. We may say, “Well, that’s a nice metaphor, but we shouldn’t take it literally. After all, the armor isn’t real.” Yes, it is. It is as real as the clothes on your back.
Do you want to see a dramatic change in your life? Do you want to stand strong in the face of adversity? Do you want to overcome temptation? Then you need to dress for battle.
I challenge you to intentionally put on your spiritual armor every day for the next seven days. Put on one piece at a time—the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sandals of peace, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit. Just try it as you meditate daily on Ephesians 6:10-18, and watch what God will do.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
When you say, “I can manage this problem by myself, Lord,” God says, “Okay, you do it then.” But when you say, “Help me, Lord! I need You. I cannot do this on my own,” God says, “Good, I have been waiting for you to say that. You cannot, but I can. Now, watch Me!” That is how God is—He loves it when you depend on Him.
You see, when you think that you are strong and don’t need God, He cannot help you. But when you need Him and look to Him, He will not leave you weak and helpless. He comes and becomes the strength of your life. He becomes the breakthrough that you need.
A church member with a smoking habit came to me one day and said, “Pastor Prince, please pray that God will help me. I want to stop my smoking habit.”
I told him simply, “You cannot, but God can.”
He replied, “Yes, I know that I can’t. But with God’s help, I will discipline myself and try my best to quit the habit.”
I told him, “No, you cannot, but God can.” I repeated this to him a few times until he realized that it was not his self-discipline or willpower that would help him overcome his smoking habit, but the power of God. He finally understood that true deliverance from this destructive habit would not come by his own strength, but by “[being] strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”.
When I saw him again a few weeks later, he said, “Pastor Prince, since that day, I didn’t even try to stop myself from smoking. But each time I lit up, I told God, ‘I cannot, but You can.’ Then one day, the craving was gone! Jesus has completely delivered me from my bondage to nicotine!” This man experienced true deliverance, not just an outward form of discipline and willpower.
So when you say, “I can do something about it,” you are still relying on your human strength. But when you say to God, “I cannot, but You can,” you have just tapped into the real source of your strength—Jesus. And as you rest in His strength, you will see His power manifesting in your life!