BE STRONG

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
Friday 14th February, 2014
BE STRONG
MEMORISE : Finally, my brethren, be
strong in the Lord and in the power
of His might. Ephesians 6 :10
READ : EPHESIANS 6 : 10 – 13
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in
the Lord and in the power of His
might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against
flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this
age, against spiritual hosts of
wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole
armor of God, that you may be able
to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all, to stand.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : ISAIAH 40 : 9 –
42 : 25; PSALM 37 : 33 – 40
MESSAGE
You don’t charge someone to be
strong if there is no task to be
performed or if pressure is not
required, either for motion or putting
up resistance against an opposing
force. In the physical realm, mere
movement requires strength. This
explains why a sick person or a
person just recovering from an
ailment finds it difficult to walk.
Spiritually you need to be strong. In
today’s Bible reading, the Lord
commands us to be strong, and He
gives two reasons why we should be :
1. That ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
2. That ye may be able to withstand
in the evil day.
There are evil forces that want to
short – change a child of God’s life
regarding the good things that God
has in store for him or her. These
spiritual forces are listed in
Ephesians 6 : 12 as : principalities,
powers, rulers of the darkness of this
world and spiritual wickedness in
high places. These spiritual entities
attack either directly or through their
human agents namely: witches,
wizards, and people with familiar
spirits etc. They cause harm, sorrow
and calamities, including abortion of
pregnancies and barrenness. They
give spirit husbands, spirit wives and
abort prospective contract deals; they
are responsible for a myriads of
misfortunes. As you know, the Bible
says that the thief’s (Satan) mission
is to steal — stealing joy, peace etc;
to kill —- through sickness, diseases,
calamities, tragedies, business
failures etc, and to destroy —- i .e
the complete and ultimate
devastation of a man’s destiny in
Hell. In the Name of Jesus, you will
not become a victim of Satan’s
mission in any of these areas. What
Jesus has for those that belong to
Him is life in great abundance. Some
years ago, a young lady who for the
second time had failed her Ordinary
Level exams refused to eat for days,
grieving over her failure. Within this
period, a fight ensued between her
and another young girl. Though this
grieving lady ordinarily should have
dealt decisively with her adversary,
the reverse turned out to be the
case. Why? Because the strength she
needed was not there, having not
eaten for days.
Spiritually, the food for our spirit
man is the word of God. One of the
basic things necessary for a child of
God to be strong is the word of God.
It serves as spiritual food for the
supply of the needed spiritual
calories ( 1Peter 2 : 2, Colossians 3 :
16 ). The word sanctifies and purifies
us. We are to study it, meditate on
it, memorise it and of course, obey
it.
ACTION POINT :
Take a definite steps to improve your
level of interaction with the word –
study, meditate on and memorise
striking passages. Also appoint an
accountability partner to help you.

Posted from WordPress for Android

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s