Eph. 6:10-11 Finally, grow strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil;
I remember hearing John Osteen (Joel Osteen’s Holy Ghost dad) talk about Christians and their response to demonic attack. Brother Osteen had a way of making complicated issues very simple. He said that if you keep the skillet hot, the flies won’t land on it. In other words, if you stay full of the power of the Spirit, the enemy will stay far away from you. There is more wisdom than you can imagine in that short statement. Paul gave us similar instructions in today’s verse. He said that we are to be “strong in The Lord” when dealing with the enemy. The phrase “be strong” is the greek word ‘endunamoo’. Wuest gives us some insight to this passage with his explanation of the word endunamoo.
“Be strong” is endunamoō, “to make strong, to endue with strength.” The idea is, “to clothe one’s self with strength as one puts on a garment.” Here the verb is in the passive voice, “be continually strengthened.” The qualifying phrase, “in the Lord,” defines the strengthening as Christian strengthening, such as can take effect only in union with the Lord (Expositors). The rendering, “be strong,” could encourage one to self-effort at being strong, whereas the translation “be strengthened,” causes the saint to depend on the Lord for the supply of that strength.”
The point is this, we are engaged in a spiritual conflict. We need more than ingenuity, slogans, or formulas. Human wisdom and talent is helpless in the war we are engaged in. What is needed is an infusion of power in order to deal with the spiritual conflicts that we deal with on a daily basis. Practically speaking, how can I be clothed with this power that Paul was describing in this passage? Actually, this power is closely related to the prayer language. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not another formula to set in motion. No, this is the passionate cry of deep calling out to deep as we stir up the gift of God in our lives on a daily basis praying in the Holy Spirit. Praying for extended periods of time in the Spirit will bring you to the realm of the Spirit. This is where “endunamoo” happens. This is the place where we put on these clothes of the Spirit, this is where we are literally clothed with power from on high. There is no fly that is a match for a hot, fiery skillet. That fly will land anywhere else but he won’t land on you.