How am I to be strong?
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might."
I'm challenged when I read Jesus' command given by His Apostle, Paul. How am I to be strong in Jesus? How am I to be strong in the strength of His might?
"How" is really asking us to discover a "series of ways." My desire is to obey Jesus's command, but I need the "know how" to obey and so do you.
"Know how" comes from understanding what I am to be doing. "Be strong" in the original language, Greek, means to "to be able to function or do something". The text says I am to learn to function in the Lord and in the strength of His might. The verb is a present tense which means "continuous action" in the Greek language. I am to be continually learning to function in the Lord and in His strength. The verb is also a passive voice, which means the subject of the verb is being acted on by an outside force. The command to me becomes, "Let yourself be taught to function in the Lord and in His strength."
Who is going to teach me?
John 14:26 informs me that the Holy Spirit is the One who will be teaching me and reviewing everything I am taught so that I remember what He taught me.
I understand from looking closely at the command, "be strong", that I am to be teachable and let the Holy Spirit teach me to function in the Lord and the strength of His might.
Simple isn't it? However, we tend to do things ourselves and resist the instruction of those who know what they are doing. My grandson resists help in doing a task, until he realizes he can't do the task and then he wisely lets me help him function in a way that gets the task done.
We need to know that we can't live life victoriously living it in our strength alone and ask the Lord to teach us to function in Him and in the strength of His might. The first step in obeying the command, "Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might" is to be willing to be taught.
Are you willing to be taught by the Holy Spirit to live victoriously in enemy territory? If yes, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to live using the strength of the Lord. (Remember 1 John 5:14-15 as you pray.)
In the coming days we will gain more "know how" concerning living victoriously in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
May you be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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