Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Thursday, October 26 - Stand Strong

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” — Ephesians 6:10

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The great hockey coach Herb Brooks used to say, “Legs feed the wolf.” Stamina — and a strong set of legs — will prevail where talent alone fails. I think the apostle Paul might have modified Brooks’ maxim to say, “Legs beat the devil.” In fact, he could pack his entire teaching about spiritual warfare into a single word: stand (Ephesians 6:10-20).

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” — Ephesians 6:13

How do we develop strong spiritual legs? The power is from God: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11). But walking — and standing — is a spiritual exercise of choice. Paul employs the word “walk” over and over in his letter to the Ephesians. As we “walk worthy” of our calling — making righteous choices at home, on the job or in the gym — we develop spiritual stamina. And we can start by knowing and practicing His Word.

Draw your strength from the Lord today, and make the righteous choices that will prepare you to stand strong when the devil attacks.

— Bill Deutsch

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