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If you are not experiencing the joy of your faith, then you do not have the strength that comes from joy

People of Light
People of Strength – Part I

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Key Verse: Ephesians 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

When people say “be strong” they are usually telling someone to buck up and have courage dealing with whatever problem they face. But our Key Verse tells us to be strong in the Lord, a whole different meaning.

We may feel weak especially when we are facing issues and problems that do not seem to have an answer. To be strong in the Lord means that we can find our strength for any problems that come our way in our relationship with Jesus. This may not be a strength that we particularly feel but we can claim by our faith.

The Apostle Paul told the Philippian Christ-followers that God would spare his life so that he could help them continue to grow in the Lord and “experience the joy of your faith” (Philippians 1:25 NLT).

That last phrase caught my attention and it made me wonder if God’s people are experiencing the joy of their faith. Remember that the Bible tells us that our joy in the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). This reminds us how important it is to experience the joy of our faith.

People of Light are supposed to be strong. The problem occurs when we are not experiencing the joy of our faith. As a result, we do not have the strength that would come from our joy.

That is why the Apostle Paul was praying for the Philippians to experience the joy of their faith! He knew that the power was available to them, and they could do all things with this power, but they were not experiencing it. They did not experience it because they let their fears settle in their minds and camp out there!

Many Christ-followers today face the same problem; they are not resisting the devil, so the devil does not flee. This compares to a child too fearful to fall into his father’s arms at a swimming pool. The father would never let anything happen to that child, but sometimes it takes a long time to trust in that!

Our Father in heaven has given us all the promises we need to live a fear-free life, but some have not grown to the point of trusting Him in all things. They are not experiencing the joy of their faith!

When I talk about a fear-free life, we still have temptations to fear. Fear, like any other temptation, comes to all believers. We must decide whether we cave to it or resist it by proclaiming our trust in the promises of God.

The battle looks a little like this: I start to feel fearful, so I fight it by quoting a promise of God. The devil tries again, and I quote scripture, again, to fight it. This goes back and forth a few times until the devil gives up and flees!

Do not cave to your fears but proclaim your faith and keep proclaiming it until the devil gives up.

Father, I know Your power is available to me, and it is stronger than any power that comes against me. Remind me to claim that power when fear tempts me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.