Ephesians 6:10-18 — The Message

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 prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Being Strong

Being Strong

© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Needing more strength
than I have
and wondering
where to turn
where to look
what to do…
It isn’t only God
who wants me strong,
but my friends,
my family.
What will they do
if I cave in?
How will they carry on
if they see the weakness
I feel in myself?
And I am tired
of the weight
of strength.
I am fatigued
by the pressure on
my shoulders,
my back,
from how strong I must be…
I turn to the God who offers me
beyond my capability,
who tells me
that it is not my strength
but God’s
that is sufficient unto the end.
There is a strength
that comes from righteousness
that is not to be confused
with the weakness
that oozes out
from the silliness of piety,
that feeble and futile exercise
in the pretend,
in acting as if we are
what we are not.
For it seems to me
that truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation
are more than abstractions applied to a life,
they are the power of the universe
residing within one living prayer—me—
I am that prayer.



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