The Bible says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…” (Ephesians 6:10 KJV). Here the Holy Ghost through the letter of the Apostle Paul is teaching the church where their strength should lie. By really digging into the meaning of this verse, we can learn how and why we can be strong, in the Lord.
When he says, “Finally, my brethren,” he is talking to the church; and addressing the saints of God. This word does not count for unbelievers; this word does not count for those who are outside of the body of Christ. This word is for the brethren, which is a generalized term describing those men and women, boys and girls who have trusted Christ’s provision for salvation with true repentance and have been baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27).
He is addressing these people.
He says, “…be strong in the Lord…” meaning that just being strong is not enough, there are particular strengths that we must possess, and we must be strong in and through God! God expects us, by the Spirit of God, to be strong in trust, strong in confidence, and strong in Faith, all in God. Abraham possessed these qualities when he continued to have confidence, trust, and faith in God for over 20 years after he received the promise from God.
Literally, Abraham had to wait for a quarter of a century before he could finally lay his eyes on the son by his wife that God promised him decades earlier. Ordinarily, this would not be that big a deal, except for the fact that Abraham was already 75 years old when God gave him the promise, and his wife was already 65 years old.
However, God was looking for a special type of faith that was world changing.
Why Was God Trying Abraham’s Faith Like this?
God wanted to see if Abraham’s faith was truly strong, in the Lord, because faith untested is not real faith at all. Our faith is not strong faith unless we, like Abraham, continue to believe in God’s promises despite the length of time it takes and the amount of trials we must endure, before we see the promise fulfilled.
The more the hardships and misunderstandings that we have to endure, while believing God, the stronger the faith and confidence will grow that we have in the Lord.
It is somewhat like bodybuilding exercises; a bodybuilder will not get strong muscles lifting lighter weights. The bodybuilder only gets strong as they lift heavy weights over a certain length of time.
The question for us, today, is how heavy are the faith weights that we are willing lift to get strong, in the Lord?
How heavy is the price that we must pay just to continue to believe God?
How long can we endure the training or trying of our faith before we finally see results?
Finally, the last part of Ephesians 6:10 says, “…and in the power of His might.” In other words, we not only have to have strength in the Lord, but we must have strength of faith and confidence in His might. Moreover, not just in His might, but in the power of His might.
We must live under the mighty power of the Lord, and we must be strong in the power of the Holy Ghost. Remember, “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6). Then, Jesus explained it this way, he said,
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
God’s power, then, is the power of the Holy Ghost, also known as the Spirit of the Living God! We, as believers must receive and be filled with the power given to us by the Holy Ghost in order to fulfill God’s work and His purposes in the world.
We need power, but not just any power:
- We need Holy Ghost power!
- We do not just need any power, we need the power that parted the Red Sea and allowed the Children of Israel to cross on dry land.
- We need the power in David’s slingshot that took down a mighty giant.
- The power in Jesus that fed five thousand men besides women and children with five loaves of bread and two fish.
- The power in Jesus that walked on the water.
Yes, we need Holy Ghost power to be strong, in the Lord and to flow in the power of His might.