Finally….Be Strong!

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

We’ve been talking about the weapons that God has given us to use in spiritual warfare to defeat the enemy in our lives and the lives of others for which we are praying. And I would be remiss if I didn’t talk with you about the effects that our own personal growth in the Lord as well as our relationships with others have on spiritual warfare. In Ephesians the Apostle Paul is speaking to believers in chapter 6 verse 10 about standing strong in the Lord, but he starts that verse with the word “Finally”. Why would he start talking about spiritual warfare by using the word “Finally”?

 

When you look back through the book of Ephesians we see the first two chapters describing who we are in Christ Jesus. It is because of the redemption we have that Jesus purchased for us on the cross of Calvary that we have been placed in Him far above the principalities, might and dominion of the evil one. We have been made His body with Christ Jesus Himself as our Head. We have been saved from the trespasses of sin that we once partook of by God’s grace through our faith. We have an inheritance in Him and have become His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Christ has been made our peace and it is through Him that we are brought near to God.

 

Then we go on in Chapter three to see that we, as the body of Christ, have a purpose given by God to show the principalities and powers in the heavenly places the manifold wisdom of God. We are a part of the family of God and as such we have His love residing within us and as we grow and are strengthened through His Spirit we come to understand His love and grow into His fullness.

 

As we progress into Chapter four we begin to see how the Apostle Paul is leading up to our stance in spiritual warfare by understanding that even though He has provided all that we have need of as believers in Christ Jesus, placing us in Him above all the principalities and powers and establishing us as His children with the purpose of speaking to the heavenly hosts of His manifold wisdom, we need the spiritual weapons described in chapters 4 and 5 to fully prepare us to stand strong in Him and against the wiles of the devil.

 

In chapters 4 and 5 we see these spiritual weapons:

  1. walking in unity and love with others keeping peace in the body of Christ (chapter 4:1-6);
  2. submitting to the teaching of the five-fold ministry gifts to equip us for ministry (chapter 4:7-12);
  3. growing into maturity to the fullness of the stature of Christ Jesus and walking as the new man that we are in Him renewing our minds to live in righteousness and holiness (chapter 4:13-24);
  4. learning to control our actions, speech and walking in forgiveness and personal purity so we don’t grieve the Holy Spirit (chapter 4:25-32);
  5. walking in love towards others (chapter 5:1-7);
  6. walking in the light of the Lord as His children turning away from and exposing the works of darkness (chapter 5:8-14);
  7. walking in wisdom, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and submitting to one another (chapter 5:15-21);
  8. walking in love, respect and obedience in marital and family relationships (chapter 5:22-6:4);
  9. walking in obedience and submission in work relationships (chapter 6:5-9).

All of these personal and relationship issues when applied correctly to our lives become spiritual weapons that lead up to Ephesians 6:10 where he says “Finally”.

 

Did you know that walking in love is a spiritual weapon? How about submission to other believers? Or what about growing into maturity in Christ Jesus? All of these are spiritual weapons that will position us to stand strong in the Lord and defeat the enemy in our lives. Understanding who we are in Christ Jesus and the position He has given us in His body is a spiritual weapon. When the enemy comes against you with his lies and deception you have to be able to say, “no, devil, the word of God says I am in Christ Jesus, far above you. You are under my feet!” When the enemy attacks you with relationship problems you must be able to submit to the Lord and love the other believer instead of attacking that person for coming against you. It is the spirit of the evil one that instigates relational problems, not the people themselves.

 

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

Be strong in your relationship with the Lord. Strength for spiritual warfare comes through intimacy with the Lord Jesus. It is as you interact with Him through that personal, living and vital relationship that you will be strong enough to stand against the evil one. It is through hearing His voice that you get your battle orders. Without God’s plan for spiritual warfare you will be fighting in your own power and ability. Success comes from asking God for His plan, waiting until He gives you the plan and then executing it to the letter.

 

Power – Greek word kratos – Strongs #2904: Dominion, strength, manifested power. The word especially signifies exerted strength, power shown effectively in a reining authority. Kratos primarily refers to God’s kingdom authority, dominion, and majesty.

 

After you’ve positioned yourself through using the spiritual weapons described in Ephesians 1:1-6:9 you will be able to stand in the dominion, strength and manifested power of the Kingdom of God. Knowing who you are in Christ Jesus will enable you to exert the manifested power of God to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. Walking in love in your relationships will enable you activate your faith to believe God for His power and authority to work through your life because faith works through love. (Galatians 5:6) All of Ephesians leads up to being able to put on the whole armor of God and fighting successfully as described in the last 14 verses of chapter 6. It all culminates in the spiritual warfare identified in the last half of that chapter.

 

Finally, my brethren……when you’ve got all this down you’ll be ready to stand strong in the Lord and His mighty power.

 

Father, I thank You for the personal and relational weapons you have given us in Your word in the book of Ephesians. May we all follow Your directions, Lord, in preparing ourselves to fight the enemy through Your power, dominion and might. Father, help us to see that every time we have a dispute with a loved one or a friend that the enemy is testing us to see if we will use the weapons of our warfare that You have provided for us to defeat him. Help us, Lord, to see that the problem is not in another individual but it is the wicked hosts in heavenly places that are instigating the problems. Father, help us to grow up in You, understanding who we are in You and the mighty power You have given us in Your Spirit who lives within us. Thank You for placing us in Your family and equipping us through the ministry leaders that You have given us to be able to do the work of ministry. Thank You, Father, for the strength that we have to stand strong in You! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roberta Northern
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:30:00

    Avie, you have covered this so completely and just so perfectly.

    I have found through my living in Jesus is that staying in love at all times is my most valuable spiritual warfare weapon. It took me years to learn and realize this but once I got it in my heart I will never forget this lesson of walking and staying in love. Because love covers a multitude of sin.

    What hold or entrance can Satan have into our lives when we soak ourselves with His loving us so as to enable us to walk and live and stay in love all the time. Satan cannot penatrate love and then when you add the blood of Jesus and grace we are more the conquerors we are over comers.

    Have yourself a splendid weekend as we march forward in our spiritual warfare of love.

    Reply

    • aviesplace2012
      Jun 29, 2012 @ 13:18:34

      Thank you, Bobbie. A lot of times we don’t want to think that how we live and treat others is a part of spiritual warfare. We just want to focus on the “spiritual” aspect of it. But our relationships both with the Lord and with others puts us in a position either to win or to lose when fighting a spiritual battle.

      Thanks for always being an “encourager” of others!

      God Bless!

      Reply

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