“SHELTER IN PLACE” with the Lord

IMG_2674April 14, 2020

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10 (KJV)

The year 2020 has brought us to a place where we are under an order to “shelter-in-place” to protect us from our enemy, “the corona.”  We are asked to stay in place so that we remain strong and are not affected by the virus, the enemy.   I found in Ephesians 6:10 that Paul issued a “shelter in place order” to us, first.  Let’s unpack this verse to see what he has to say.

Finally, (what’s remaining to say; as Paul Harvey would say, “The rest of the story…”)

My brothers (born of the same womb) As Christians, we are all born again from the same Godly womb.  We are all in this TOGETHER.

BE STRONG: 
Strong is the Greek word endunamoo meaning-
Be empowered.
Be made strong.
Be able to do.
Be endued with super special power.
Be empowered with explosive, like dynamite power.

IN:
In is the Greek word en denoting a fixed position in place, a relation of rest.

We are command to be endued with super special power in a fixed position.  This is not a place we move in and out of.  It is where we are quarantined.  We are commanded to “shelter in place.” Where? in the Lord.
 
THE LORD: 
Lord is the Greek word kyrios meaning supreme authority, who you belong to, possessor, and Sir.

We are commanded to be empowered with super special power in a fixed position, the Supreme Authority. Yes, this sounds like something out of a super-hero movie.  It is not. It is how we as followers of Christ are meant to live. I mean God is God.  We are his children.  Don’t you empower you kids to live their best lives?  Think God wants any less for us?  I do not think so!

AND… not only are we commanded to “shelter in place” with Him, but also in his power and might.  Let’s see what that means:

He’s got the POWER!
Power is the Greek word kratos.  Kratos is defined as force, might, dominion, great vigor.  Kratos power accomplishes things.  This power gets the work done.  This is the same word that was used in Ephesians 1:19-20.  The power that raised Jesus from the dead, resurrection power.

Did you know the Holy Spirit empowers you and I with the VERY SAME POWER?  We are not weaklings in Him. Paul also tells us that God Almighty backs His power with His might.

MIGHT:
Might in Greek is ischuos meaning force, strength.  Might is the picture of the muscle behind the power. No muscles no power.

Paul commands us to be strong in the Lord, to “shelter in place” in the Lord. It’s where we get our superpowers to endure and stand against the enemy.  He also directs us to “shelter in place,”  to be strong in his power of his might.  I see God as all Powerful  and Almighty.  He has some pretty big muscles.  He has given us everything we need to fight the enemy.

I enCOURAGE you to BE STRONG IN THE LORD!
I enCOURAGE you to BE STRONG IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT!
I enCOURAGE you to be fearless in facing your enemy, whatever that looks like.
I enCOURAGE you to “shelter in place” with the Lord.

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