“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”
Life can be a real struggle. Sometimes reality is obscured from a fantasy of what we see in advertisements and in movies. Life may never align with the rosy idealism of our dreams. The true reason of why we struggle in life is deeper than we think. What we commonly think is the source of our struggles is that we are in conflict against flesh and blood, against other people. Paul says our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but an invisible battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.
While the battle itself is invisible, the battlefield is very much visible. Individuals fight, couples argue, families quarrel, churches split; all because inner tensions and fears produce a deadly struggle to survive. We can also add school shootings to the list. The struggles of our children are amongst the conflicts as well. Depression and anxiety added to the mix equates for a real messy situation. Life is a struggle.
But the good news is that we are strengthened and set free through Jesus Christ. Through Him we obtain strength and courage to endure any situation we encounter. The Lord helps us overcome any obstacle or struggle we face. Satan does not have power over God’s children. When Jesus defeated Satan on the cross and defeated death on the third day when He arose. We who believe are set free to live an abundant life.
However, when we don’t rely on the strength of the Lord we become weak. Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God. The struggle is real but the Lord is ready to deal with our struggles. We must armor up with the strength of the Lord through the truth of His word. We can face life with confidence and assurance today because we are strengthened in His might. Don’t try to do life without Him!
Lord, I am powerless and need You. Strengthen me in the knowledge of Your truth and wisdom. Help me to understand that without Jesus I am nothing. Thank You, Lord.