Focal Passage: Eph. 3:14-21
There are some songs that just make you feel strong, confident and energized. For instance, the theme song to the film “Rocky,” no matter how tired I am, makes me feel like I could put on a sweat suit, run up and down some stairs, punch a heavy bag, and then take on Russian boxer Ivan Drago. But after the song is over, I’m reminded that I’m tired, and Drago would literally break me.
For the Christian, the darkness, pain, suffering and sin of this life are constantly aiming to break us. Satan, our enemy, desires our total and complete destruction. And unlike the Italian Stallion, we cannot simply reach down deep to our inner strength and win the battle in which we find ourselves.
Instead, we must rely on the strength of Christ, which is present among the people Christ by the indwelling Spirit of Christ: “… according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19).
Through His death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the dead, Jesus has broken the power of our enemy and has secured victory for His people (Ephesians 3:20-21).
He has already won the fight.
Our triumph is not secured by inner strength or a theme song of personal victory. Instead, our strength is Christ’s strength and our song of victory is Christ Alone.