“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Ephesians 6:10
Have you ever played paintball? With teenage boys, it is inevitable. My son had a paintball birthday party. The place advertised, “Mom’s Play Free”, which translates “Mom’s put a target on your chest, You are Going Down!” Moms watch out, the kids will form ‘unholy alliances’ against the mom. Why? Because boys know what you might not know. Paintball is as much about the relationships, or alliances, as about the battle.
What kind of alliances do you have?
Relationships and spiritual battles are connected. Have you ever noticed that the scriptures in Ephesians 6 which talk about the Armor of God and waging battle follow instructions regarding relationships? (Ephesians 6:1-9) . Relationships cause friction but our battle is not with the person.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10
“Strong” in Ephesians 6:10 is used three times:
- Strong-v. “endynamoo” which means to be enabled, to receive strength It means that our strength is not from us, but from the God who made the heavens and the earth. The God who made us, who knows us better than anyone will empower, strengthen, enable us for the battle. He is the Commander in Chief of the battle and not us. Praise God!
- Strength– n. “kratos” which means ‘mighty deed’, and ‘a work of power’. The word comes from vigor. Not only is God giving us the strength and invigorating us for the battle, but His deeds are powerful to accomplish all that He wants us to.
- Might-n. “ischys” which means ‘ability’, ‘force’, ‘strength’. We may not have the ability, but God does.
The word ‘in’ can also be translated ‘with’. It is a preposition. Remember your grammar, a preposition links two things together. We are to be linked or interwoven with God’s power, strength, mighty deeds, ability, force to have the healthy relationships that God intended. When we are in an alliance with God then we can withstand and overcome the battles.
Was there a time when God gave you the ability to see the true battle in a relationship? With God’s wisdom, and power, how was the situation turned around?