A BATTLE CRY
Friday, 14 December 2018
Ephesians 6 : 10-24
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” -Ephesians 6:10
When Gideon with his 300 men went to face the Midianites, after breaking the pots and blowing their trumpets, they all shouted out, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” (Judges 7:20). That was a battle cry. Now when Paul says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” he begins with what we can call a battle cry. The reading today calls our attention to spiritual warfare.
Living a victorious Christian life is one of the hardest and challenging feats we could ever undertake. Have you ever wondered why sometimes it is difficult to pull yourself to church or to open your Bible, read and study, spend quality time in prayer with God daily or to keep your lives pure in seeing, thinking and speaking? The answer is ‘spiritual warfare!’ We still live with the sinful flesh and coupled with the wicked influences of this world that engage us in a warfare.
In this battle we cannot be good soldiers of Christ, unless we are strong and powerful. Before you can have victory in/over the world, you need to have victory in your own life! So Paul says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” This battle cry that would stimulate us on to victory involves the following:
The call of preparation – “Finally, my brethren…”
Paul’s final section of his letter to the Ephesians comes with final instructions. And Paul directs these words to his brethren and in using this word he means he is not a general ordering them around but a brother- a fellow soldier in the war. We all need to see each other as a “band of brothers” who fight side by side who protect and defend each other. This is the key—when you see another brother or sister in Christ in problem, you come alongside them and help them. See what you can do to serve and support them. In a battle, the heroic soldiers are those who stay and help the wounded; those who flee just to protect themselves are cowards. As Christians, it’s good to know we are in this battle together; we are not fighting alone but watching out for one another. That is what Paul means by the encouraging words, “my brethren.”
The need of Power - “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”
The Power we get for spiritual battle is not ours, but God’s. It is available to those who believe in Jesus Christ for eternal life. All of God’s power and strength and might are given to us for use. The theme of the power from on high runs through Ephesians. In Eph.1:19, Paul tells us that “the exceeding greatness of God’s power has been given to us who believe.” In Eph.3:16-20, Paul prays that “we may know and experience the great power of the Spirit in our lives.” If so, why is it that we don’t feel, experience or see its effects in our lives? Because we lack in faith, disciplining and training.
The Greek word for ‘be strong’ comes from the word dunamai, where we get our word dynamite. But here Paul uses the word, adding a special prefix to it, which makes the word endunamao, mean become strong conveying the idea: grow stronger and stronger and STRONGER! This strength comes from God as we engage in the spiritual work-out by disciplining our Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, giving, evangelism, etc. Then you will become strong in the Lord and in the power of His might so that you will be ready for spiritual warfare.
Hence Ephesians 6:10 is a battle cry- a motivational challenge! How are we going to respond?
“Behold, I have given you
authority to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy,
and nothing shall hurt you.”
- Luke 10:19
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