• Pastor Mark Hisle

From the Pastor's Desk

Are you strength-minded? When Paul instructs us on spiritual warfare and lists the armor of God, he gives a prelude to the whole discussion. He says, "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" (Eph. 6:10). In other words, this is something we have to do in order to win our battles.

Depending on the size of the soldier, the armor could weight 75-100 lbs., so you had to be strong. "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong" (1 Cor. 16:13). Are you confident, courageous, certain, and assured in your faith? Do you see yourself as someone who is the head and not the tail? Are you strength-minded? You may need to remind yourself several times a day, "I am strong in the Lord." Do you see yourself as weak, incapable, unsure, and unable, or do you see yourself as strong in Christ and able to do what needs to be done? What does your demeanor tell others?

The devil is not afraid of us unless we know who we are in Christ? We may not feel powerful all the time, but God's power is something we receive through faith, not through feeling. "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength" (Is. 40:29).

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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