Bible Society of South Africa

Symbols of power – 14 April 2021

By Xanthe Hancox

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The Whole Armour of God

10Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11Put on all the armour that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks. 12For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.

Ephesians 6:10-12GNBOpen in Bible reader

It’s impossible to escape the symbols of earthly power that exist all around us.

Flags and vehicle cavalcades announce the presence of high-ranking officials. Uniforms and insignia worn by police and military officers denote authority and a chain of command.

And power symbols are not limited to governments. Perhaps your boss has the corner office or the prime parking spot. We even talk about power dressing and power walking.

Yet these are merely outward symbols. They do not ultimately define the character, strength, or virtue of the individuals who use them.

Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, instructs believers to “be strong in the Lord.” Do not worry about acquiring symbols of worldly power. Instead, seek after the inner strength and characteristics that display God’s power in you.

Only God’s power can defend us against the spiritual forces of evil seeking to separate us from the Lord.

Paul goes on to tell us exactly what it looks like to be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.

If we seek truth and righteousness (Ephesians 6:14), leave footprints of peace (v15), take up the shield of faith (v16), the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (v17), we will begin to see what it means to live in God’s resurrection power.

We don’t know what today will bring. But whatever comes, we can have strength in the Word of God.

Prayer: Lord, make our faith strong and fill us with humble confidence to live by your power. For Jesus’ sake, Amen

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