Words from the Heart for Monday October 3rd, 2016
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)
Be Strong and Courageous
Trying to live a Christian life is impossible without strengthening from the Lord. Just as a branch draws its nourishment from the vine, so the Christian draws strength from being connected to Christ. Have you asked for God’s power to help you walk as a child of the light?
A Canadian plane crew has won praise for braving Antarctica’s harsh winter and completing an audacious rescue of two sick employees from a research station at the South Pole. The National Science Foundation said the two workers — flown in a plane owned and operated by Calgary airline Kenn Borek Air — arrived safely this past June 20 in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in Chile, after a long trip from the Amundsen-Scott station at the South Pole. The operation, coming right after the equinox, was the darkest and coldest of all past missions to the South Pole for medical evacuation. Steve Barnet, who works with a University of Wisconsin astronomy team at the polar station lauded the rescue crew. According to Barnet “The courage of the pilots to make the flight in extremely harsh conditions is incredible and inspiring.”
In parts of the world where there is opposition to the things of the Lord Jesus, those who are His followers stand strong and courageous for their faith. Too often in our part of the world, where there is little opposition, Christians are too often weak in their faith and easily swayed by the world. There is a sense by which we need to be even more vigilant in our faith since we can more easily fail to notice the sly manner in which the enemy of our souls is tempting us to live according to the principles of the kingdoms of this world, both political and spiritual. So Paul gives this command in Ephesians 6:10: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Notice here the source of the strength of the Christian. It is not in ourselves. Too often Christians fail because they are trusting in their own power and not in the power of God. So Paul reminds us that our strength is derives from God’s mighty power. This is a wonderful promise. God’s power created the world and defeated Satan on the Cross of Calvary. God’s power brought Jesus back from the grave. That same power is available to each one of us who are followers of Jesus if we will just trust Him. Have you been trying to live victoriously in your own power and have been frustrated with your failure? Start using God’s mighty power that is available for you today.
These have been words from the heart.