Date : JANUARY 31


Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10

You have perhaps had someone at one time or another seek to comfort or encourage you in the midst of a personal trial by slapping you on the back and telling you to "be strong." The counsel was well-meant but not too helpful. If you could just make yourself "be strong" then you wouldn't need encouragement to begin with.

But Paul is here providing much more than a simple pat on the back and optimistic slogan. 

He is reminding us of exactly where all true and lasting strength comes from. He is saying to you, "Turn your eyes away from your problems and place them on the Almighty."

Perhaps you do not have the strength to tackle the huge challenges that are facing you now, but God does. He can give you the strength to go through them, or the ability to overcome them.

Stop relying on your own solutions, your own efforts, your own wisdom; instead, look to the wisdom of God's Word and the strength of God's Spirit to energize and direct your daily life. Confess your weakness and your helplessness to Him, and throw your burdens on Him.

Only God can give you the power you need in order to successfully battle with sin, with sickness, with selfishness, and with Satan. 

But He can and does give that power to those who turn to Hun in faith. No matter the challenges confronting you today, turn to the Lord by faith and be strong in the power of His might.

*Prayer:* _Lord, I turn to You today for strength to overcome all my challenges. In You, I can do all things._

*Scriptural Reading:* Ephesians 6:10-20

10     Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 

11     Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

12     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. 

13     Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

14     Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 

15     and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 

16     above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 

17     And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 

18     praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 

19     and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 

20     for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.