Be Strong in the Lord
“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”— Eph. 6:10-18.
The key to this portion of Scripture is in verse 10: “Be strong in the Lord.” How do we become strong in the Lord? By developing our relationship with the Lord—going beyond salvation and becoming His friends. We begin to develop our knowledge in the Word concerning healing. But it’s not enough to just study the Word; we need to put it into action on a daily basis. And lastly, we need to put on the whole armor of God, not just the part that we are comfortable or familiar with. Let’s learn to use them and apply them to every situation.
Gird your waist with truth. Wrap yourself in God’s truth that He is not only able, but that He also wills to heal you, see Luke 5:13.
Breastplate of Righteousness. Oftentimes, God’s people do not feel they are good enough to be healed. And they are right we will never be good enough, but the God’s healing promise is not based upon our behavior, but upon the obedience of Christ who was whipped so that we can be healed in Him, see Isaiah 53:4-5.
Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. With extreme situations, such as death reports from incurable diseases, our mind and emotions war against the Word of God. And it can be difficult to find peace. The main reason for this is because the peace we need doesn’t come from this world. It’s not found in the emotional realm, but in the manifest presence of God, see John 14:27.
Shield of Faith. When we are in a raging battle for our health, or the health of a loved one we can’t forget about our faith. We’ve all been given a measure of faith to use in everyday life. Faith is not a feeling, it is an actual substance. It is what we stand on when there are no feelings. God created this world by faith, and He created us to be like Him and gave us supernatural weapons to use, such as faith, see Romans 12:3.
Helmet of Salvation. Salvation is more than eternal life with Jesus, it’s for the here and now as well. This word, “salvation” comes from the Greek word, “sozo”, and includes healing for the spirit, soul, and body. See Acts 2:21.
Sword of the Spirit. This sword is supernatural, and its power is limitless. It’s the Word of God, and it is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, see Heb. 4:12. And when we speak it out wisely we destroy the works of satan, and release the healing power of the Holy Spirit, see Prov. 18:21.
No matter how long it takes, no matter what others may say, we must persevere and move forward with God and His Word. The enemy’s grip will start to loosen up, and when it does, we must not let our guard down, but remain strong in the Lord, push all the harder and we will win! Then our desired healings will manifest in Jesus’ name.