Summary: Without the strength and power of God, we are no different than the unbeliever that is running around lost in the world.

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Series Title: The Heavenly Reserve Bank of God (Ephesians)

Message Title: Insurance (Ephesians, Chapter 6)

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

There is much to learn about in this short epistle to the Ephesians. In chapter one, we were able to see exactly where a Christian stands when they are brought into the family of God.

Chapter 1, verse 13 tells us,

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him…

In chapter 2, we can see our purpose, position, potential, and our perfection! Such verses as, chapter 2, verses 4 and 5 remind us of those very things.

Chapter 2, verses 4 and 5

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--

In chapter 3 we see the overwhelming abundance that is found in Christ, and in chapter 4, Paul begins telling us how to utilize those riches we’ve been provided.

Chapter 5 of Ephesians told us to please God, and to understand God’s will for our lives.

What is left for us to do, then? We’ve got the instructions, we’ve been told we’ve received the riches, the mercy, and the grace, and even how to put them to good use. What is left for us? Is there anything left? Yes, we have to realize that these things cannot be done of our own power, because if they are, they are vain efforts to lift ourselves up. They are selfish acts done for ourselves. They are works that have their start in us, and not in God.

Therefore Paul warns us in Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

If it is possible, we should run that through our mind each and every time we set out to do something. Yet, oddly enough, this verse seldom accompanies any scripture quoting, while verses 11 through 18 of Ephesians chapter 6, are probably some of the most quoted scripture verses that we give our children in the home, school and Sunday school.

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

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