In The Power Of His Might
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 KJV
What would you think if you saw an air traffic controller stand in front of a plane, trying to push it or hold it back with his own strength? I see them all the time as the plane is about to take off from the runway or when the plane is being directed in to its gate. In the natural one would think that it is impossible, He really can’t push or hold that plane back. He’s no match for that plane!
In the same manner of speaking, some people when reading Ephesians 6:10-11 believe that the Lord is telling them to be strong in themselves, with their own strength. And yes, they red this Scripture and begin to exercise strength on their own. They’ll say to themselves, “Oh, pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful to the end and that I may be strong!”
But the Lord didn’t say a word through the Apostle Paul about our being strong in ourselves or in the power of our might. But He did say to through him “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” That is a different ball game all together. That air traffic controller steps right out in front of those planes and holds up his hand, because he knows that they are going to stop for him. He doesn’t have to exert any strength from himself; he’s strong in the authority that has been given to him by the job title that he holds.
That is what the Apostle Paul is telling us. He’s saying, “Be strong in the Lord. Be strong in the authority of His might.” Just step out there in front of that oncoming devil, that oncoming sickness, that oncoming poverty, that oncoming fear and in the power of the name of Jesus be strong. Hold up your hand in the Name of Jesus, and say, ‘Devil Be Still, and go no further! You have no power over my family, my life and my ministry. In the name of Jesus I command you to go where you came from. Stop right now and restore everything you have ever stolen from me. In the mighty Name of Jesus you have no power over any area of my life nor the life of my family. The authority we exercise in commanding the enemy to stay away from what God has placed us in charge of is not our own, it could never be, It is the authority in the name of Jesus that does it and makes the enemy obey.
You see, the Lord does not need our help in executing His Plans and Purposes in this earthly realm for us. He has already done that through the death and resurrection of His Son. All He is after is a willingness on our part to be obedient to His Words in the face of what is set in front of all of us. “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 1: 19-20 KJV
How, then, are we able to determine whether we are being strong in our might or Strong in the Power of His Might? It is by how we respond when we are confronted with the circumstances of life. We can embrace the Glory of the Father in acceptance of the Life of Yeshua, Jesus, allowing the Father to use the circumstance to polish us into a brighter Light of His Image by means of His Might and Power – or we can lay hold of the situation and become determined to fashion it into what we would like to see happen, which is nothing less than manipulation. Of course we do this in the “name of righteousness” “In the name of Jesus” and of course “all for the glory of God”.
But let this not fool you, those of religious nature have mastered this disguise. When they pray, they really do not want the Father’s perfect will to take place, they pray, they declare, they decree out of the desire of their own selfish heart. They are not declaring and decreeing and praying under the guidance of the Holy Spirit in order to “be strong in the Lord,” and “in the power of His might.” They say that ultimately it will bring glory to the father but in reality what it does is that it brings glory to themselves.
Throughout my life it has been a struggle learning to hear Him speak or see and understand that there is a need to continue to wait until He illumines the next step in the path He desires me to take. Waiting for Him to not only say, “…this is what I would have you to do” but, also, and equally as important, “…this is how I would have you to do it.”
The bane of my spiritual walk has been seeing the path He has laid out before me and thinking, “…Oh that is easy, I know the formula, I know how to do that” (a slight turning), then skipping merrily off doing what I know to do according to Scripture reassuring saying to myself, sure I am in His Will – until I find myself way off down the road in a complete mess, way off where I should be and wondering to myself, what in the world happened? I tell you what happened, I wanted to do things in the “power of my might” so in turn those with addictions, bondage, health problems, financial problems and those involved in the occult could not be helped, because without Him I could do nothing. As I learn to surrender I find that all I have to do is submit myself to Him, worship and pray and the Lord shows up in no time. does he do that with me only? No he does that with all His children that submit to His will.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ” John 15: 5 KJV
By the time I stood behind a pulpit and delivered my first sermon on salvation, I can honestly say that I had surrendered my life completely to Him. Not only was salvation manifested in that meeting, healing signs and wonders took place. Was I in awe? Yes, a thousand times yes. Today that surrender continues on a daily basis out of necessity less I forget the lessons that I have learned in the past. I became so tired of doing things my way, that I had no other choice but to surrender. I am glad I did. The same cannot be said for many. Many will read this article, agree with me, say yes, yes, you speak truth, finish reading it and go back to their own manipulation, to their own way of controlling situations, things, peoples, and families, they will go back to “the power of their own might” and continue to be miserable, angry and fight with each other and end up accomplish nothing.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10: 10 KJV
What is abundant Life? If you put Life on a graph from 0 to 100 (with 0 being the pits and 100 being the highest mountain top experience) then the line denoting ‘Life’ within the graph would be 0 and 100 – and everything in between!
Abundant Life is experiencing everything God has planned for us from the beginning of time. They are love, loss, joy, grief, gladness, sorrow, success and yes, failure. It is from these experiences that the Lord has allowed us to experience in our lives that the circumstances of our personal life lived in this “Earthly Realm” with others draws us to Him. When we allow Him to live His live through us, we allow Him to fulfill His ministry and His assignment through us. Only then is He able to polish the impurities of our life into the Glory of Who He Is IF (a huge little word with much power) we give those circumstances to Him, allow the power of His might to reign in us and, while in the middle of what ever circumstances we find ourselves in, proclaim His Goodness. This is what it means to ’embrace’ His Life for this is what He did while in the flesh and finally lead Him to the Cross.
“With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.” Psalms 18: 26 KJV
The very quality of your life, whether you love it or hate it, is based upon how thankful you are toward God. It is one’s attitude that determines whether life unfolds into a place of blessedness or wretchedness. Indeed, looking at the same rose bush, some people complain that the roses have thorns while others rejoice that some thorns come with roses. It all depends on your perspective.
This is the only life you will have before you enter eternity. If you want to find joy, you must first find thankfulness. Indeed, the one who is thankful for even a little enjoys much. But the unappreciative soul is always miserable, always complaining. He lives outside the shelter of the Most High God.
Perhaps the worst enemy we have is not the devil but our own tongue. James tells us, “The tongue is set among our members as that which . . . sets on fire the course of our life” James 3:6 KJV. He goes on to say this fire is ignited by hell. Consider: with our own words we can enter the spirit of Heaven or the agonies of hell!
It is hell with its punishments, torments and misery that controls the life of the grumbler and complainer! Paul expands this thought in 1 Corinthians 10:10, where he reminds us of the Jews who “grumble[d] . . . and were destroyed by the destroyer.” The fact is, every time we open up to grumbling and complaining, the quality of our life is reduced proportionally — a destroyer is bringing our life to ruin!
People often ask me, “What is the ruling demon over our church or city?” They expect me to answer with the ancient Aramaic or Phoenician name of a fallen angel. What I usually tell them is a lot more practical: one of the most pervasive evil influences over our nation is ingratitude!
Do not minimize the strength and cunning of this enemy! Paul said that the Jews who grumbled and complained during their difficult circumstances were “destroyed by the destroyer.” Who was this destroyer? If you insist on discerning an ancient world ruler, one of the most powerful spirits mentioned in the Bible is Abaddon, whose Greek name is Apollyon. It means “destroyer”. Revelation 9:11
Paul said the Jews were destroyed by this spirit. In other words, when we are complaining or unthankful, we open the door to the destroyer, Abaddon, the demon king over the abyss of hell!
Paul wrote, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition with gratitude, make your requests be known to God” (Phil. 4:8 MEV). Thanksgiving shuts the door to the bottomless pit and opens the door into the presence of God.
The Shout Of Victory Declaration:
I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might according to Ephesians 6: 10-11.
I have been empowered and endued with authority from the Lord Jesus Christ.
When I hold up my hand UP in the Name of Jesus and say, ‘Devil Be Still, and go no further! You have no power over my family, my life and my ministry. Stop right now! The enemy has got to stop! Not because the power of my might, but because the “POWER OF HIS MIGHT.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Revelation 2: 7 KJV