Read Ephesians 6

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10 ESV

Observation
Paul is writing this letter from a prison cell in Rome to the Saints who are Ephesus (a city in modern day Turkey) . He is fulfilling his purpose and calling as an Apostle with a father’s heart to speak life into and strengthen the people from the churches that he helped found. Drawing from his own “strength in the Lord,” Paul endures his own afflictions and the hardship of imprisonment to offer encouragement and hope as he exhorts them to do the same. Paul knew that his source of strength came from pursuing and cultivating his relationship with God through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. Paul’s instruction, points s all to Christ Jesus, who Himself, found strength in the presence and in the instruction of His Father!

Application
In the midst of life’s trials and afflictions, I choose to follow the same example that Christ set for the Apostle Paul and to each of us to be “strong in the Lord” and the Might of the Father (Hebrews 12:1-2). I choose by to hear, believe and obey the truth of God’s Living Words, by pursuing a daily relationship with Jesus and the Father through the Holy Spirit (John 15:26, John 16: 12-15). I choose as Jesus did, to “delight in Gods Word more than my necessary food” to find strength (Matthew 5:6).

Prayer
Lord grant me the grace and discipline of heart, soul, mind and flesh to pursue a daily relationship with You that anchors me firmly in your grace and truth; a relationship where I remain strong in You, Lord, and the strength of Your Might; not in my own natural strength, but through the power and strength of the Holy Spirit and the revelation of your Life- Giving Word in the circumstances of my life.

 Karl Steinmetz NB Campus Coach/Connection Group Leader
North Braddock Campus

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