"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10
God is interested in our relationships with other people. Throughout God’s Word, there is a clear message that we should love others as ourselves (John 13:34). In Ephesians 6:1-9, Paul gives us guidelines to follow in relationships between children and parents, employers and employees. Paul says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Vs 10). In all relationships, we need to draw strength from the Lord. We cannot do these things on our own, but by the Spirit we are well able!
God gives His strength as a gift. Strength is joyful energy for every occasion. God provides us with strength when we recognize Him, affirm strength and act upon it with faith. We experience God’s gift by speaking His word in a personal, present-tense way and release the Holy Spirit to activate His provision of strength into our lives. When we say the Holy Spirit is our strength, there is a supernatural power that is released. We are surrounded, gifted, empowered, protected and prepared for action with authority, joy, energy, confidence and flexibility.
As believers, we are to be strong in the mighty power of God. Our strength is not human nor of this world. It is found by having a personal relationship with Christ. No other source gives us the strength to overcome the world’s trials and temptations. The degree of strength we experience is determined by what we believe. God wants us to be confident in the truth that all things are possible because of Jesus Christ. What we focus on determines our behavior and it influences our faith. God says we have an abundant life because He lives in us. When we see God moving the ‘giants’ in our lives, we become more confident that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
We are called to glory and virtue (II Peter 1:3). Glory and virtue are attitudes of understanding that work together according to His divine power. We must personally choose to believe this fact, accept it mentally and emotionally and say it to be so. This cannot be based on a feeling because feelings will come and go.
Glory is the manifestation of God’s mercy, giving great grace, revealing His unconditional love and producing amazing results. The glory of God on earth is Jesus Christ, the source of all divine splendor and wholeness. Glory not only means magnificent results, but also that we see and experience results. We discover a new ability to choose a correct attitude so we are in the right place at the right time.
Virtue is the practice of moral excellence set by our personal rules, not by the rules put on us by something or someone else. Believers are called to live a higher way of life. Virtue is having a confident attitude about life. It is having the fortitude to make right decisions regardless of opposition from outside influences. Virtue is initiative, the ability to start doing and keep doing what works. This is coupled with audacity, having a bold confidence to take a risk. David had the audacity to stand before a giant with a sling shot and small stones.
There is no virtue nor value in the fruits of the flesh, anger, jealousies, selfish ambitions, dissensions, envy, idolatry, hatred or gossip. Paul warns, “…they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:21. Being virtuous can bring healing and changes to others by our peace-joy attitude, a high level of patience and flexibility.
The revelation of personal oneness with our Creator creates a lasting faith-joy-love attitude in a no-matter-what happens life because of Jesus Christ. Only His divine power can enable us to escape the corruption in this world through lust (II Peter 1:3-4). This type of living takes more than human effort. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit giving us the ability to live a virtuous life of holiness and godliness. A virtuous life is the result of reading God’s Word, hearing God’s Word, believing God’s Word, obeying God’s Word and speaking God’s Word.
The examples of Jesus on earth are meant to distract our thinking from our own smallness into a higher realm of thinking and believing that all things are possible. Romans 14:14 is clear about personal choices for our lives. “I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” In the Spirit of the Lord, there should be no choice whether or not to obey the speed limit, participate in illegal drinking or drugs or overreact and take offense to hurt, anger or judgments. There should be a no choice about obeying all of God’s Word. Just do it! Our personal rule is to observe, adapt and overcome!