GOD’S STRONG ONES
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Be strong – not in yourselves but in the Lord, in the power of His boundless resource.” (Ephesians 6:10, Phillips)
“Strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” (Eph. 3:16)
The words of David, “I was reduced to nothingness and unknowing”, as one paraphrased Psalm 73:22, speaks of the weakness of the flesh and natural. God strips away the self-reliance which once was our strong defense, so that we learn to trust solely in His boundless resource, to be endued with power by His Spirit.
Paul spoke of a time, when “no man stood with me, but all forsook me: - “notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me.” (II Timothy 4:16-17) This word ‘strengthened’ in the Greek is ‘endunamoo’ meaning: ‘TO MAKE POWERFUL INWARDLY’. How shall we become powerful inwardly if we insist on drawing all our strength from outward props and human resources? He must become our strength. The promise is – “ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them…” (II Cor. 6:16) It is HIS INDWELLING that provides our sufficiency.
“If thy strength becomes, as it were, pressed together and bowed down by the difficulty, just when it ought to show itself, then it is limited. Thou art a weakling.” (Prov. 24:10, Delitzsch trans.) Suffice it to say in this regard, the STRONG ONES whom God is bringing forth shall not collapse in the midst of the battle. They are being equipped to face the impossible, and prevail – for “with God nothing is impossible”. Therefore, “the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan. 11:32)
The prophet Joel foresaw the coming of such a people, and described them as “a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the year of many generations.” (Joel 2:2) Yes, the Lord shall have His strong ones, those who are emptied of all carnal strength, that they might be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Truly, “the way of the Lord is strength to the upright.” (Proverbs 10:29)