Bible Ballistics: BBs #126 Be Strong In the Lord!!!
A brief reminder this morning of our need to ‘tune-up” our spirit as well as (if not more importantly than) our body!
Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
We must put on the ‘armor of God’, but I want to focus on the preliminary need here, to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”!!! We must be strong enough to utilize this “armor of God”. Just as physical strength is required for activity, spiritual strength is also necessary and it comes from the Lord, not from food or exercise. We need to continually remember that I/we CAN ‘BE’ strong, but only “in the Lord, and in the power of His might”!
Jesus Himself reminds us in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Jesus is the vine—the source of our life, strength –
We are the branches—a ‘part’ of the vine–
We are useless apart from the vine—
We must abide in the VINE, then—
He will abide in us, and—
We can bring forth much fruit!!!
Ephesians 5:8-9, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; )”
And Galatians 5:22-23, reminds us what fruit we are to bring forth,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
So??? Here’s our shot for today. The indwelling Holy Spirit produces in us the character of God. As we yield to His working in us, then the reflection of God will be seen in us and the world will see the one we claim to love and serve.
So??? Abide in the vine, and be strong “IN THE LORD”!! That the world may know!!!