We are stronger together. God Himself is a team–God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit–operating in unity. God also created holy angels that minister on His behalf. This Christian walk is not meant to be a solo walk. Get strong through fellowship with the Holy Spirit and your brothers and sisters in Christ.
What does it mean to be strong? One of the strongest things we can do is pray. Prayer can go where you can’t go. Prayer is not limited by time or distance.
Being strong means not looking back when God has delivered you. Don’t look back after people who have decided to disobey God. Being strong means being more focused on God than people. Trust God to deliver people. Our role is to pray and obey.
When God gives you an instruction, remember it and obey it. Sometimes your very own life depends on your obedience. Pray and ask the Lord to help you obey and He will. We must be strong in the Lord to withstand the wiles of the enemy.
- Ephesians 6:10-11 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The suit of strength (in the Lord) is a perfect fit. It’s custom made for every believer and it doesn’t need any adjustments. We need strength to obey God. Notice that we don’t need strength to obey “boo” and “Sue”. Earthly relationships don’t have the high standards that God has. What God requires of us means our flesh has to die.
Unbelievers expect believers in Christ to be different. They expect us to act like Christ Jesus and have a holy lifestyle that demonstrates the love of God. We have to learn to obey God even when we don’t understand it, even when it is not popular. It takes faith to obey God.
Consider Noah. He obeyed and encouraged his family to obey God.
- Genesis 6:5-13 New King James Version – Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. 9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
If Noah could have a godly lifestyle and obey God, so can we. He was as human just like us. Obedience is a choice. We can’t blame the devil or anyone else when we disobey. We can choose to obey God. God gave Noah a specific set of instructions to build an ark and save his family and the creatures of the earth.
- Genesis 6:22 New King James Version – Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
If we’re not careful to be strong in the Lord, living a life a readiness can turn into living a life of compromise. The world is wicked and calls evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). We naturally want people to like us. But, if it comes between pleasing God and pleasing the world, we must choose to please God. Don’t be a closet Christian or an “undercover” Christian. Can you talk about Jesus Christ around prominent people and in settings that are not godly? If not, pray for strength.
- Acts 5:29 New King James Version – But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.
A strong Christian thinks about others–our life is not just about us. God calls us to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength. If we want to be a person of strength, we must pray.
- Luke 18:1 New King James Version – Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
Don’t expect to be in the majority or popular when you do things God’s way.
- 1 Peter 5:8 New King James Version – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Who can the enemy devour? The enemy can devour the person who…
- disobeys God
- doesn’t read the Word of God
- doesn’t pray or seek God’s face.
But if we put these spiritual disciplines in place (obedience, reading the Word, seeking God and praying), we won’t be an easy target for the devil.