BE STRONG IN THE LORD
Eph. 6:10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
We have been in a series of nightly services at our church. Daily meetings are critical when you want your church to go deeper in God. There is just no replacement for spending time in the anointing, that is the place that the promise of change related to “glory to glory” takes place. Our speaker in these meetings has been Tim Hall; an international, Australian, crusade evangelist. Brother Tim carries quite a dose of Australian humor along with a strong healing mantle from The Lord. There have been many salvations and some quite powerful physical healings. These healings have ranged from bones and tendons being healed in a foot, chronic back pain, shoulders, acid reflux, tumors, really too many types of healings to list. Our God is incredibly powerful and willing to heal those afflicted by pain and sickness. In one of the services Brother Tim spoke on ‘Be strong in The Lord…” from Ephesians. Here are some comments from Wuest on that passage.
“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.
“Power” is kratos, “relative or manifested power,” and “might” is ischuos, “power as an enduement.” The idea is, “in the active efficacy of the might that is inherent in Him.”
Translation: Finally, be constantly strengthened in the Lord and in the active efficacy of the might that is inherent in Him.”
I love what Wuest said about being clothed with supernatural strength as one puts on a garment. The power of God is real and is closely associated with the anointing. Jesus Himself told His followers in Luke 24: 49 that they would be “clothed” with power from on high. He was referring to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit which the disciples received just ten days after that promise was given. After the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to move in the power of God. Signs, wonders, and miracles; the display of the power of God, became a very normal part of the Christian experience. So should it be today. What is the missing link? The missing link is failure to be clothed with His Spirit. We must follow Paul’s admonition, “Be strong in The Lord and in the power of His might”. As we saw this week in daily demonstration, the power of God has not passed away or diminished but is available for whosever will. Let’s press on to know The Lord. Maybe, just maybe, there is more of God available for each of us than we have ever known.