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Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 

This is such a simple idea with profound implications. The strength, the resilience, the vitality we need to do the will of God is not a manifestation of our personal strength and ability. Paul does not say to us, “Give it everything you’ve got and, if you need a little extra help, the Lord will provide it.” Nope. From beginning to end, we are to depend on the Lord for the strength to serve him. Reminds me of a verse from Isaiah:

“He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.” – Isaiah 40:29

God doesn’t give strength to the powerful, but to the powerless. This is what the Lord means when he said to the apostle Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness”. I don’t like being weak. Never have. Resist it every time. Yet it is the key to living in the strength of the living God.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.”

Lord, let it be so. Amen.

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