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“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” – Ephesians 6:10

We all struggle with different issues at different times. Not many people, as far as I know, rejoice in their suffering.

Paul starts out with the above verse in his final words to the Ephesians. It makes perfect sense to start with those words considering the words that follow: “Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” When you consider who is behind the schemes, having supernatural armour will help us in our struggles.

Stand firm, Paul writes. Why? It is easy to go with the flow, to let us be swept away by the injustice or unfairness of our suffering. A firm foundation can only be found in God. Therefore, be strong in the Lord.

I am sure most of us have read Ephesians 6, particularly concerning the armour of God. Have we, however, considered it to be supernatural armour? The first parts of the armour sound very natural to me – they are all objects we encounter in the natural world: belt, breastplate, feet, shield, helmet, and a sword. Sounds normal.

What about the words attached to them: Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, Prayer. Not really words that fall in the natural category. Supernatural because they are linked to God. They come from a different realm. They come from a heavenly perspective, not a worldly perspective.

The only way we can be strong in the Lord and have access to His might is via these truths. When we encounter struggles, conflict or tribulation, not realizing that these struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the unseen forces of darkness, we will not be able to stand firm or stay strong.

The Bible assures us that God’s victory is guaranteed against any and all schemes of the enemy. Therefore, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.