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Be Strong in the Lord
by Vicky Dillen, May 1998
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:10,11.).
When I consider the majesty of Almighty God, and the power of who He is, I am overwhelmed. He created the heavens and the earth and the majesty of the stars, mountains, valleys and all of nature. He is truly God. When we accept Christ, he leads us step by step, on a narrow path, where we learn to understand His love for us, and how He teaches and protects us. As we grow in faith and trust in Him we are often challenged to the depths of our spirit, and are called to stand firm in that faith and trust. We are told to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." But what does that mean, to be strong in the Lord? Many times we fall because we really havent learned that to be strong means to be aware of how weak we are. That the battles that are fought are battles that we in ourselves cannot fight, but rather, by clinging to the Word of God, and resting in Him, we know that the battle is already won. His Word has so many promises, and we know God will never break a promise.
We must learn to trust Him completely, because He knows and understands all that will befall us. He has promised to be our refuge and we are not to be afraid, no matter the circumstances or those involved.
"The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him." (Nahum 1:7).
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." (Isaiah 41:10).
"In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul." (Psalm 138:3).