Monday, 2 April 2012


In our online Bible study at Good Morning Girls we've arrived at one of the most inspiring passages in Ephesians:   Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 
Or, as The Message puts it: And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be strong. 
I realised this week that 'being strong' isn't something extra special I have to do. I don't have to think, when I get up, that today I will be 'strong' - though getting in the habit of putting on the whole armour of God as I get dressed is a good thing to do. No, being strong has to be part of my very being, my whole life.  When Richard had to deal with an emergency while flying this week, he didn't have time to do anything except pray - under his breath, not over the tannoy, which might have alarmed the passengers somewhat! As years of training and practice for just such a situation kicked in, so did the years of faithful Bible study and prayer. Trained and disciplined in the Lord's ways, he was indeed 'strong'. After he had landed safely, preventing, as the company's manager said, a drama from becoming a crisis, he knew that the Lord had indeed guided and protected him.
So that is my aim, too. To be 'strong': faithfully keeping going with study, prayer and the encouragement of meeting with others. Ladies breakfasts, home groups, prayer partner, friends - real and online, as I read wonderful blogs and inspiring, articles...
But that's another story.
For today, I am content with the reminder to 'be strong'.
(For a wonderful talk on this chapter from John MacArthur, click here.)

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