Be Strong in the Lord

John Snyder gave the last keynote session of the morning.

He began by explaining that Christianity is a life that is lived on the battlefield. The Bible speaks of a kingdom of darkness and a kingdom of light. He shares that he is often shocked at the violence of the enemy’s attacks – the continued, repeated nature of it and how it touches all of life.

There are two great errors that cause Christians to be passive:

1)   A wrong application of God’s sovereignty and thinking that God somehow needs you and that He is fortunate to have your “help.”

2)   The other view is that God is so infinite and powerful that nothing we can do can affect His will. We don’t have to fight against the sin in our heart or home.

He concluded by discussing three commands that are found in the Scripture passage:

1)   “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” To put on the armor of God and to maintain this diligence, we will need strength from the Lord. Finding our strength from the Lord is something that must be continued to be done in an ongoing manner.

2)   “Put on the full armor of God.” It is not an earthly armor. It was designed by the Father for the believer. How do you put it on? By faith. What is the armor? Romans 13:12 answers this. The armor is Christ. It is the full provision we have in the New Covenant.

3)    “Be strengthened in the Lord” and “pray at all times in the Spirit.” Perfect armor provided by a perfect, redeeming God is not enough. You must put this armor on and wield these weapons while having constant communion with Him through prayer. Don’t just pray for yourself, pray for others.

Ephesians 6:10-20 (NKJV) - "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."

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