Be strong in the Lord
Be as strong as Sampson…Sampson’s strength
Mighty Power – Ischurf Endowment of physical or mental or moral power.
God is perfectly capable of empowering us with His mighty power. Kratos denotes the presence and significance of force or strength rather than its exercise.
One verse that has strong, might and power. God has the power but not necessarily exercises the power. Endunmoo Dynamite. God has the mighty power but we must do something to cooperate with him to utilize that power. The strength is conditional and only one way it will be demonstrated within us. This kind of power does not come by being born again, but through some conditions.
We must put on the full armor of God. Put on… enduo sink under. To put on as a garment.
This is a deliberate action.
Just as we are first born naked, we are reborn naked. When we are born, we have everything internally we need for our new life…heart, lungs, blood etc. Clothes are put on to keep us warm. Shelter to protect us.
Jesus says just as we are born naked, we are reborn naked. We must put on our clothes, our protection. If we have one thing uncovered Satan will find it.
Dunamai to have the power demonstrated. God has everything we need to fight this fight and we must put on that armor which is panoplia. So that we can stand against the devil’s schemes. To be steadfast and firm. We cannot fight laying down or sit down but to stand. Pros a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward. God is saying that we will face forward and go toward to learn how to do battle against Satan face to face. Never turning our backs on him.
James 4:7 Then be subject to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Antistete resist. ἀνθίστημι
anthistēmi anth-is'-tay-mee From G473 and G2476; to stand against, that is, oppose: - resist, withstand. Take a stand against the Devil. We must hate him with a passion.
Satan goes and tattles on us. God wants us to be at the throne of Grace before Satan gets there.
Μεθοδεία this is the word translated “wiles”… “schemes”.
From a compound of G3326 and G3593 [compare “method”]; traveling over, that is, travesty, (trickery): - wile, lie in wait. Following and pursuing of an orderly and technical procedure in the handling of the subject. And the subject is us!
Satan has a method for his actions.
Satan has a method, and orderly plan for our life.
“Satan is the antithesis of every Godly attribute.” John MacArthur.
Joh 10:10 The thief does not come except that he may steal, and kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly.
Joh 8:44 You are of the Devil as father, and the lusts of your father you desire to do. That one was a murderer from the beginning, and he has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own, because he is a liar, and the father of it.
Jer 29:11 For I know the purposes which I am planning for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace, and not for evil; to give you posterity and a hope.
Jer 29:12 Then you shall call on Me, and you shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
Jer 29:13 And you shall seek and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
2Ti 2:22 But flee youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, with the ones calling on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2Ti 2:23 But refuse the foolish and uninstructed questionings, knowing that they generate quarrels.
2Ti 2:24 But a slave of the Lord ought not to quarrel, but to be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,
2Ti 2:25 in meekness teaching those who have opposed, if perhaps God may give them repentance for a full knowledge of the truth,
2Ti 2:26 and they having regained senses out of the snare of the devil, being captured by him to do the will of that One.
God’s Will for us…
Rom 8:28 But we know that to the ones loving God all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose;
Satan’s will for us…
all things work for evil…Satan takes what is behind us and before us and weave it together for our harm. We must see this from God’s point of view.
Satan’s method is against us individually. Eph 6:12
Eph 6:12 because wrestling against flesh and blood is not to us, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenlies.
PALE … struggle. To Shake, vibrate, to wrestle a struggle in hand to hand combat. This war is hand to hand and denotes the struggle between individual combatants during a military campaign. WE are arm-wrestling with Satan individually. We cannot rely on anyone else to fight the battle for us.
We must be one on one with Christ in order to win the battle.
Satan’s methods start early…
Mat 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Yeshua, saying, "Who then is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
Mat 18:2 And He called a child to Himself and set him in the middle of them,
Mat 18:3 and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mat 18:4 "Whoever then humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mat 18:5 "And whoever receives one such child in My name, receives Me;
Mat 18:6 "but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Mat 18:7 "Woe to the world because of its stumbling-blocks! For it is necessary that stumbling-blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling-block comes!
The treatment of children is taken so very personally and strongly by Jesus.
Someone else can cause us to sin. We are responsible but we can be set-up to sin by someone else. Jesus says that when you have set one of my children up to sin, you have made Me angry.
Must come – things are inevitable and will happen σκάνδαλον
A “scandal”; probably from a derivative of G2578; a trap stick (bent sapling), that is, snare (figuratively cause of displeasure or sin): - occasion to fall (of stumbling), offence, thing that offends, stumbling-block. The trigger on a trap which the bait is placed. Satan places that bait on our trap as children. Satan waits for the snap. Enticement to conduct to ruin our minds.
Satan is our enemy. He is trying to tear apart everything in our life and it starts as a little child. Our battle is not against our loved ones or anyone else human.
We must take a stand against him…
“People believe that spiritual victories come by simply surrendering more to God. They believe that the Christians role is passive. But that is not so. WE must apply ourselves to good deeds, cleanse from filth, work out our faith, be strong in the strength of His might. God supplies the resources and we supply the effort.”
The strength of Sampson!
Jdg 16:2 The Gazites were told, saying, Samson has come here. And they encircled and set a trap for him all the night at the gate of the city, and kept quiet all night, saying, Until the light of the morning, then we will kill him.
Jdg 16:3 And Samson lay down until the middle of the night, and rose up in the middle of the night. And he took hold on the leaves of the gate of the city, and on the two side posts, and plucked them up with the bar, and put them on his shoulders and took them up to the top of the mountain that is before Hebron.
Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.
We have the supernatural strength of Sampson!