Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10
Each year around the end of December, the World’s Strongest Man competition is broadcast around the world to showcase the vigor of some of the strongest man in the world. These men compete against each other in unique events designed to test each’s strength to the utmost. In 2016, Brian Shaw deadlifted 985 pounds to win the competition and become the World’s, Strongest Man.
I can confidently say I will never qualify to participate in the World’s Strongest Man competition. That does not mean I don’t have great strength within. It takes more than physical strength to be strong. There are those that are physically strong but mentally, emotionally and spiritually weak. The Word of God teaches us to be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually strong though we may be physically weak.
The strength that is spoken of in today’s text does not originate from us; rather, it comes from the Spirit of the living God. It is only when we abide in the Lord we can access that strength. With that strength, we can overcome temptations and obstacles that are undermining our spiritual growth. Without that strength, we cannot serve the Lord with integrity and walk in the path of righteousness.
Those who are strong in the Lord are more than conquerors and can tear down every stronghold the enemy tries to erect in their lives. “They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Believers that are strong in the Lord walk humbly, serve faithfully, speak with grace and love unconditionally.
For those who find it more challenging to live a godly life in this world of decadence, I want you to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. To my brothers and sisters that are battling a serious illness and are running out of hope and options, I want you to be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. When depression and suicidal thoughts try to invade your mind, I encourage you to be strong in the Lord and the power of his might so that his peace and joy may replace your depression.
This past weekend I was accepted into the brotherhood of the K.I.N.G movement. One of the key texts for the K.I.N.G movement is Ephesians 6:10, which we believe “reaffirms the fact that believers have the strength and power to overcome obstacles, temptations because we are endowed with the will of God to be overcomers.” The men of K.I.N.G strive to “be an example of Christ-like manhood as they lead their family. They pledge to one another to walk in sexual integrity, avoiding all sexual relations outside of marriage between a man and a woman. And they commit themselves to living a life free of racial enmity, and to promote equality and justice for all races.”
Only men that are strong in the Lord and the power of his might can fulfill those pledges. God wants us all to live in victory and not defeat. He desires for us to conquer the obstacles and temptations of this world and not be conquered by them. But we have to abide in his will and obey his word. We have to surrender to his authority and allow his Holy Spirit to renew our minds and transform our hearts.
Prayer- Father, thank you for the Spirit-filled power you give to those who accept your Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior.
In His Service,
Pastor D. Joseph
"... I am therefore challenged to live with a regenerated spirit, think with a renewed mind, and maintain a rejuvenated body. Then, and only then, can I dare envision an abundant life." Rev. Dieuner Joseph
Pastor Dieuner Joseph is a Church Planter, Published Author, and Spiritual Counselor. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently finishing his doctorate of Ministry degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Pastor Joseph has been married for 23 years to Colette Joseph. He is the proud father of Lysandra K Joseph and Uriah H Joseph.