Power Up!© E. E. Perry 2001
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power" Ephesians 6:10.
When a soldier enlists in the army, he knows he might face dangerous situations, sleep out in the woods, or endure many of the other hardships related to the military life. To think otherwise is foolish.
A foolish Christian might think that because he has given his life to Christ his troubles and trials will vanish. He still sins, and he still lives in a sinful world. The Apostle Peter warned the early Christians that they would face trials because their faith in Christ:
Once a soldier enlists in the army, he remains a soldier. He will not stop being a soldier, even when he makes mistakes or breaks the rules. In the same manner, once he puts his faith in Jesus, he is a Christian. Mistakes do not stop him from being a Christian, though he struggles with sin and temptation. He battles not for salvation. Jesus won the battle for salvation on the cross. The battle is in Christian service.
We have all heard the expression, "What doesn't kill me can only make me stronger." The Apostle James tells us that our trials will make us stronger.
A soldier rarely goes into battle alone. Every infantryman has up to ten soldiers which support him. Other soldiers provide his food, ammunition, and equipment. He rarely marches into battle without other soldiers beside him. He is usually a member of a patrol, squad, or platoon. He faces the conflict with others soldiers.
Christians do not march alone. They have the power and presence of God with them. Look at a promise of God,
The call to fight the spiritual battle is given to us. God does not ask us to fight in our own power but to "be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." We gain strength in our union with Christ. He makes us strong through His Spirit and His word. Along with Paul, we can make the claim,
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.
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