“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lords’ holy people to grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than what we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:16-21 (NIV)
No matter who we are, what age we are, our gender, our job or relationship status we are in a fight. We battle our fears, our doubts, our weaknesses of flesh and soul. It is a relentless battle and we can become battle weary, fatigued from the constant strain of withstanding the enemy’s attacks on our lives and our battle against our emotions that constantly demand our attention.
Our emotions would see us become slaves to them as would be gods. They can become the rulers of our lives, replacing the Heavenly Fathers desires for our best lives and His call on our lives to be obedient to His word. God’s Word can become distant and muffled noises in the background, replaced by the constant selfish demands of ego.
We fight this battle in the unseen and the seen, where Paul writes “We do not fight against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV).
Our victory is assured through the gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that our Heavenly Father breathed through giving life to the earth, will empower us to “fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses”, 1 Timothy 6:12.
In Ephesians 3:16-21, Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus to know the “fullness of God’. Paul understood that it is the fullness of God, that is, to be completely filled with the presence of God, by which we would be empowered to remain steadfast against the battles of life and every trap and snare of the devil and against the greatest enemy that we could ever face, OURSELVES.
It is through our weaknesses, our sin, our backsliding, the temptations that we fall to, can become footholds for the Devil, who will seek to manipulate, then work his way into our soul and flesh to build a stronghold of sin and rebellion, pride then taking its place as a root of bitterness, blinding us to the downward spiral of drifting from Gods’ presence.
And in all of this, we are caught in the tension of seeking to find a way to overcome this onslaught of attacks through our own efforts, which will invariably lead to fatigue and discouragement or we can seek Gods’ word and His presence, as it is written, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight”, Proverbs 3:5.
Which includes adhering to all the godly steps of a righteous man, which are the steps that we need make, in order to place ourselves in the best position for God to move on our behalf. These are the steps of faith, as we give honor and thanks to all the places in our lives that we see His goodness and mercy. As the believer takes these steps of faith, we give place to God to walk with us, as He encourages us and guides us to understand the lessons that He desires us to learn and grow from.
The steps of faith that have taken us through the valley of death will lead us into the place of prosperity, having grown in character and integrity, by which we now are better able and capable of fulfilling the purpose that He has spoken over our lives.
Just as Paul wrote to Timothy, “fight the good fight of faith and take hold of the eternal life to which you have been called”, 1 Timothy 6:12 and, “holding on to faith and a good conscience. Which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” In holding onto his faith and a good conscience, Timothy would be able to destroy footholds the Devil would take advantage of. In achieving this Timothy would defeat the enemy before there was any chance to disrupt his ministry or poison his heart.
So therefore, as we are given strength for the battle, as we are armed with the word of God which is our sword, as we are strengthened in character to withstand the lies and manipulations of the devil, as we take hold of His promises for our lives, we begin to see His faithfulness and His desire for us to receive His grace and mercy.
His desire for us to leave our mistakes and backsliding in the past, to take hold of the fullness of His power, rejecting the lies and doubts of the enemy.
Filled then with the power of the Holy Spirit to break strongholds in the Name of Jesus. We stand firm knowing that His love will prevail, that His mercy is greater than our doubts, for those that dwell n Christ Jesus there is no condemnation.
We stand firm knowing that His love will prevail, that His mercy is greater than our doubts, for those that dwell n Christ Jesus there is no condemnation.
We have all things that we will ever need to live the victorious life that God has spoken over us, a life of abundance in the present and for eternity in His promise, giving all glory to God for His goodness and mercy are everlasting and in Him we will endure, fighting the good fight, breaking every chain setting every captive free.
His love endures forever and He will never leave us nor forsake us, for all His promises are yes and Amen.