Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:10-12).
Today’s Morsel: Tensile Strength is an item's ability to endure pressure before it breaks. If you were to look at the small cords on a parachute, you would probably say that there is no way those small cords couldn hold a 250-300 pound person in the air. But we all know that it does. The reason is it has been tested and proven to withhold a certain amount of weight and pressure. Therefore, it has been given a rating of how many pounds per square inch of pressure and weight it can withstand. Some of the ways you can test your tensile strength is to observe how much pressures of life, trials, and circumstances you can endure before you break. Solomon said, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10). If you give up under hardships, difficulties, danger, misfortunes, hard times, or under harsh conditions, you are not able to withstand much because your strength is small. You need allow God to stretch you a little bit more to increase your strength. He sees that you are able to endure. And, then you yourself will be able to see just how steadfast and rooted you really are. The difference between a tree being able to withstand the storm and the tree that doesn't is the depth of the roots. If the roots are shallow, then most likely the tree will be uprooted when the storm comes. Peter said, “We are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5). Notice, we are kept by the power of God. It’s faith that keeps us strong. He goes on to say that it is the testing of our faith that is more precious than gold tried in the fire, that it may be still intact when Jesus returns. “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls”(1 Peter 1:6-9). Paul said that we must be strong in the Lord so that we can withstand in the evil day. Let me encourage you today, get yourself rooted and ground in the Word and things of God, so that you may be able to endure in these last days.
Sing: 1.Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved, I’m anchored in Jehovah, and I shall not be moved, just like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
2. Though all hell assails me, I shall not be moved, because Jesus will not fail me, and I shall not be moved, just like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
3. Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved, I am on the rock of ages and I shall not be moved, just like a tree planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.