What Does it Mean to be Strong in The Lord? Ephesians 6:10
What does it mean to be strong in the Lord – Ephesians 6:10? How do we lean on the Lord, and not our own understanding? First, I want you to notice something. This verse is not calling you to be strong in YOURSELF. It’s His strength. But the question is……how do we do that?
Many people look for some special feeling. They think they’re supposed to “feel” strong. And when they don’t ‘feel’ strong they think somehow they fail to access the strength of God. This causes doubt in the believer.
I think many Christians think they can control the outcome of a problem if only they are strong enough. And then, when the problem doesn’t go away, they assume maybe they just weren’t strong enough. They wrongly think if they can access God’s strength that the situation will be controllable. No so.
The truth is this strength is not a feeling. Further, being strong in the Lord doesn’t give you some special control over lifes problems.
So what is this strength, and how do we access it in our lives? This strength comes from your willingness to give up control over the outcome of the situation. We gain strength by trusting God no matter what happens. So maybe we don’t get that job. Maybe we don’t get healed. We draw strength from Him in any and all circumstances. Good or bad. It’s all about surrendering our rights to be in control and finding joy as we lean on God no matter what the outcome.
Paul gave a good example of what being strong in the Lord looks like in Philippians 4:13 when he said ‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me‘. Of course, this verse has been totally twisted by people saying it means you can do anything if you just have enough faith- and thereby pretty much control every situation (in a sense). But we get the real context of what Paul is saying by reading the preceding verses. Paul is describing what it means to be ‘strong in the Lord’. He talks about having little (or a lot). He talks about being hungry (or being well fed). He talks about suffering need (and having abundance). His point is, he draws his strength by trusting God in ANY and ALL circumstances (Phil 4:12) whether good or bad.
So, the next time you seek to ‘be strong in the Lord’, simply begin by praying and asking God for what’s on your heart. Don’t hold back. God wants to hear you. And no, he is not judging you as selfish, so let Him hear your full hearts desires. But be willing to surrender your right to control the outcome. Say (and mean it) to God ‘I will trust you even if your answer is no’. When you do that you will have a peace that surpasses all human understanding. You will in fact be ‘strong in the Lord’. I guarantee it.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.