Monthly Archives: April 2007


The Good Samaritan

Original posted on http://gephartr.blogspot.com

There is this man. A few years ago, I saw and heard of the special acts of goodness that he did at a hospital. This man was there visiting a relative of his throughout the entire time of the relative’s stay at the hospital. While there he overheard many of the patients talk about the things that they would really like to have.


Be Strong In The Strength Of The Lord

Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus is a letter about being holy even if you live in a society that is not. God’s passage for is taken from the sixth chapter. And now hear the word of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

There are twenty seven specific commands in this letter. Each command has been based upon the lesson of holiness from the first two chapters. The letter begins with a reminder that God has selected us before hand so that we would be holy and blameless by living within the magnificent grace of God.

Everyone who has accepted Jesus as their savior is dwelling in grace and has received complete forgiveness for every sin – and you have been redeemed. This means that holiness has been given to you in Christ.

Since God has given you the holiness of Christ, what kind of people should you be? If God has made you holy than you also must become holy in your daily life. Throughout the Ephesian letter lesson after lesson is given to instruct us in holiness. One of the final commands given to us that we might act out the holiness that God has given us is the command to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

There are struggles and trials on every side. Some are inside of us and others are outside. From struggling against sin to striving to obey God. Each of us have been and will continue to be tested and tried.

If everyone will be tested and tried – where will you get the strength to endure them? But where will this strength come from? How do we “get” strong in the Lord in order to BE strong in the LORD?

Most of the time we try to be strong in our own flesh. Since most of you have endured many obstacles in life you might be tempted to be strong in your own strength. It goes by many names; everything from self-sufficiency to stubbornness to arrogant pride. But it’s really the same thing: Being strong in your own strength.

But our own strength fails us. We are inadequate for the task of holiness. Every one of us can testify to failing in our prayer life even though we tried. We can all sympathize with the Alcoholic who really tries to stop drinking but his insatiable thirst drives them back for just one small drink (which cascades into another death spiral.) Every one of us has had the experience of “trying to be good” but failing miserably. We need the strength of God.

So how do we get strong in God’s power?