“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10
When Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians, he knew that they were in store for some hard times. He knew that they needed the power of God in their lives. Just as we today need that same power. This scripture in chapter 6 shows us how to live a victorious life. With this devotion I will be writing on Ephesians 6:10-20. The first problem we have as Christians is fear. Satan wants to tell us that we are not strong enough to fight, but with God’s power we can do anything.
The word fear appears 457 times in the Bible. The words fear not appears 150 times in the Bible. I believe that God is telling us something, we are not to be fearful. Fear is a natural, powerful, and primitive human emotion. It involves a universal biochemical response as well as a high individual emotional response. Fear alerts us to the presence of danger or the threat of harm, whether that danger is physical or psychological. Fear is experienced in your mind, but it triggers a strong physical reaction in your body. As soon as you recognize fear, your amygdala (small organ in the middle of your brain) goes to work. It alerts your nervous system, which sets your body’s fear response into motion. The key in the ability to not fear is in the mind. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) To fear not, we need to allow God to transform our minds.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10