“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
-Apostle Paul exhorts the Ephesians with a final statement that they should stand guard against spiritual forces of darkness through the power of the Lord. He discloses that our struggles are not with human being but against spiritual influences whose main focus is to kill, steal and destroy. To stand therefore, we need to gird our waist with truth, put on the breastplate of righteousness, spread the gospel of peace and take heed to it, holding fast the shield of faith with which we quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, put on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. When we then know our position in Christ, that He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood through the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:13-14), we then rest secure in His truth knowing that no weapon fashioned against us shall prevail and nothing can separate us from His love.
Thematically, power has diverse meanings according to biblical references. The epitome of it when Jesus demonstrated His love to us by dying on the cross for our sins. He has also called us to forgive all those who offend us with an assurance that we too will be forgiven. Through forgiveness we receive healing, reconciliation, blessings and demonstrate love for God and our neighbors. Like Jesus healed the paralytic, He has given the power to heal those who are suffering through the gift of healing for the glory of His name. He has also bestowed unto us many other gifts including performing of miracles, tongues, prophecy, wisdom, faith, knowledge, discernment and interpretation of tongues so that we may demonstrate His power on earth, like His disciples did. Through our calling, we are called to demonstrate God’s power in ministry so that people may believe in Him and find rest. There is power in the blood of Jesus to heal us from all sickness, to cleanse us from our sin, to shield us from the snares of the evil one and obtain victory in all things through Christ Who gives us strength. Our tongues have power over life and death and we eat the fruits of our words. The tongues has the power to build and to destroy. It is therefore important to speak words that edify God and one another according to His will. To declare a blessing upon our lives, families, children, situations, relationships, marriages, churches, work, businesses, nation and the entire world. To give thanks in all situations disregarding the struggles that we might be facing having faith in God that He will accomplish all our hearts desires according to His will. God is the source of all power and gives us the power to gain wealth, to live as kings and priests and to have dominion on the earth. We should also hold fast our faith in God for all things Who is our strength. God is all powerful and makes all our ways perfect according to His grace. He has given us the free gift of salvation and our good works are not a means to inherit the kingdom but through His merciful love. We have victory in God for He has conveyed us into His kingdom and made us His children through His everlasting love. The Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus from the dead lives in us and has promised to also raise us up at the last day and live with Him forever.
Lord you are powerful and Your power is everlasting. You have shown us great mercy and given us power to function effectively on earth, we give You all the glory and praise. God You are loving and Your love is everlasting. You have shown us Your glory through Your sacrifice on the cross for all mankind, we exult Your name. Remember us Your children merciful Father that You may deliver us from all evil and grant us rest in all things. Provide for all our needs Jesus and answer our hearts desires according to Your will. Lead us Lord through the light of Your salvation that we may follow Your will and achieve all that You have designed for our lives before the foundations of this world. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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