Our human power alone cannot stop the devil’s schemes and plots concerning our lives, but God alone can and has already “disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” – Colossians 2:15.
For if the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in believers by the power of the Holy Spirit and can empower Christians to fight and win in their spiritual battle.
And I know that in my own life finding the pace to finish the race means recovering the joy of the Lord again and again. Joy is a great power.
The word strength and its derivatives are mentioned over 360 times in the Bible, applying to both natural and supernatural strength.
He tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). Paul is telling us that the unlimited power and strength of Christ are the source of strength for those who belong to Him.
As Christians, we are to be strong in the mighty power of God. This means that our strength is not our own; it is not human or fleshly. Our strength is not of the world, but our strength is found in Christ—in our having a vibrant, dynamic relationship with Him.
As Paul tells us in Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). In other words, there is no other source that gives man the strength to overcome the world with its trials, its temptations, and death.
It is through submission to God’s strength that we overcome the power of Satan: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
It is by first aligning ourselves with the strength of God through our total submission to Him that we are able to withstand the wiles of the evil one: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11).