Be Strong in the Lord

Are

YOU

Ready for Battle?

This topic will be updated One Section at a time as each new piece is written, not always in sequence.  Several of the subtopics have been written and are in the process of being edited.  My goal is to provide simple, easy to read quality information with practical application.  So, Please be patient

 

 BEFORE WE BEGIN HERE ARE SOME

"POINTS TO PONDER"

 

* A soldier without armor or weapons is nearly useless

* A soldier who doesn't know how to use his weapons or armor is not only useless but dangerous to himself and those around him.

* Armor or a weapon that is sitting on a shelf is useless except as a decoration

* A single soldier, fighting alone is:

  • Non-effective
  • Easily discouraged
  • Easily overwhelmed or overrun
  • Easily defeated

* It takes practice and more practice to become proficient with any weapon. That includes learning to use the Sword of Spirit and the Shield of Faith!

* If you never experience adversitiestrials, or struggles as a Christian, you might want to examine your salvationBecause the devil only attacks active Christians! Think about it, if you are doing nothing for Christ, why should Satan bother attacking you? You are already doing what he wants, nothing.

 

Therefore, put on the full armor of God …..

 

 

 

 

Be Strong in the Lord

 

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. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)

The words be strong in the Lord (be empowered by the Lord)) is taken from the word endunamoo, which is a compound of the Greek words en and dunamis.  The word en means in and the word dunamis means explosive strength, ability, power.  The word dunamis is where the word dynamite comes from. What is Paul saying, "Be strong (empowered) in the Lord."  "In the power of his might." The word power Paul used was Kratos which means dominion, strength, power.  The word Paul used for might was ischyos which means combative - strength.  So Paul was stating be empowered by God's strength. Because It Is explosive, dynamic Power of God flowing through and around believers that provides spiritual armor. Let God put His hedge of protection around you like he did in Job 1:10

 

 

Being strong in the Lord comes with a great protection plan. For example, read the following stories to see how God protects His workers.

 

  • The Angel of the Lord protects Exodus 23:20-31
  • Elisha surrounded by enemy chariots and Soldiers 2 kings 6:8-23. God provided Elisha with protection
  • Jehoshaphat invaded by Moabites, Ammonites, Meunites 2 Chronicles 20:1-29
  • Gideon and the Midianites Judges Chapters 6 - 7 look at Judges 7:22
  • Daniel in the lion's den Daniel 6:1-28
  • Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the fiery furnace Daniel 3:1-30
  • Peter let out of prison Acts 12:1-11

Being strong in the Lord is so important that Christ taught:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment."

Which means developing a relationship with God and actively working to strengthen that relationship.

So, how do you develop a stronger relationship with God so that you can love him with all your hear, mind and soul?

1. First, and most important, is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6). We will look closer at this under the topic of the Helmet of Salvation.

2. Study the Bible: Learn how God interacted with people in the Old Testament, such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses and the prophets and kings. By studying how God interacted with the people of the Bible, you can learn a great deal about the personality of God so that you can better interact with Him.

3. Learn about the Holy Spirit: Learn to tune in, and learn to recognize the promptings and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Study the scriptures concerning the workings of the Holy Spirit in verses like Ezekiel 36:27; John 14:16-17, 26; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38, Acts 5:32; Romans 8:16 and many, many more. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches and guides believers. His is that still small voice that illuminates scripture and provides understanding, insights, and wisdom. His is the voice that convicts you to testify, witness or teach, of Christ. It is critical that Christian’s learn to discern the whisperings of the Holy Spirit. Learning to hear and obey the Holy Spirit helps Christians avoid a lot of painful pitfalls and heartaches in life. The Holy Spirit is also the provider of each Christian’s spiritual gifts; 1 Corinthians 12 . Learn your Christian Gifts! Develop their use in your Christian walk.

4. Prayer. Develop your prayer life. Prayer is your dynamic link to God through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Strong Christian warriors have learned to connect with God through prayer. Study the prayers of the people of the Bible to learn how they successfully interacted with God through prayer. For example, Abraham’s servants prayer for guidance in finding a wife for Isaac; Genesis 24:12-27, Jacob’s prayer in confronting Esau; Genesis 32:9-31, Moses prayer of intercession for the people of Israel; Exodus 32:11-14, the prayers of Jesus; Matt 6:5-18; prayer in the early church; Acts 4:23-31. Prayer is the lifeblood of a Christian soldier.

5. Read quality Christian books such as, "Experiencing God" by Henry Blackaby.

6. Study creation! Creation sings with the incredible brilliance of design, beauty, intelligence and majesty of God. Every living thing on this planet displays God's intelligence in design, form, function and effectiveness; all we need do is take the time to really look. In creation, we see God’s love of colors, incredible shapes, textures, and design. We also see order and patterns in creation. For example look up “Fibonacci in Nature” on the internet to discover examples of God's fingerprints in the design of nature. Evidence of God and His personality is all around us if we will just take the time to look closely.

7. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to a vibrant Bible teaching churchand join quality Bible studies. Learn from its pastors and teachers. Talk to mature Christians about developing your relationship with God.

It may help to develop a mental image of God and visualize His power and awesomeness This may help you. Take a peek into the throne room of God in Ezekiel; Chapter1verses 22-28

 

22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome. 23 Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

2Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Wow! That's a mental image every believer should carry in their mind. Our God is the God of creation, the sun, the moon, and the stars, omnipotent and all powerful. And, He wants to develop a relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

 

John 3:16

…If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

The Stronger your Relationship with God

the Stronger your Armor!

So, the key to Christian armor is to learn to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power so that you may stand against the devil's schemes.

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