The Great Wall of Gorgan is one of the most impressive structures ever built.
Constructed 1,500 years ago to protect the Persian Empire from enemy raiding parties, it stretches for more than 120 miles in northwestern Iran.
Recent excavations have revealed the quality and careful engineering that went into it.
At any given time, about 20,000 soldiers would have been stationed along the wall to protect the border.
We as believers in Christ need a strong defense against our spiritual enemies.
It is an important aspect of our spiritual warfare.
In Ephesians 6:10, we read this in the Amplified Bible
“In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].”
Earlier in Ephesians chapters 1 and 2, Paul has emphasized that Christ has finished His work of redemption and is seated at God’s right hand, far above all other spiritual powers.
The emphasis in Ephesians 6:10 is on God’s resources in Christ.
The sooner we realize that the Christian life is a battleground and not a playground the better off we will be.
We face enemies that are much stronger than we are—apart from the Lord.
We cannot ever fight these enemies in our own strength but it is absolutely essential that we totally rely on Christ’s mighty power given to us in His full armor (Eph. 6:11).
The theme of power, was introduced earlier in Ephesians 1:19-20; 2:1; 3:16-21.
Paul brings it up again in our verse.
Three different words for power are used in this verse — power, strength, and might), all of which appear in 1:19.
All of these remind us that all of the Lord’s power, strength and might are available to us in our spiritual warfare.
The combination of these words for power emphasizes the importance of Christ’s power at work in and through us as believers.
A number of years ago during the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas.
The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas.
The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company.
With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.
How often, do we as believers, find ourselves out of gas because we are not filling our spiritual tank with Christ’s vast resources power available for us?
Let’s purpose to be being filled with the strength that is ours in Christ Jesus!
Pastor Ken Keeler, Director of Church Ministries