However, God’s plan is for the complete defeat of every evil force. As he makes his plans clear, their defeat is absolutely certain. No evil spirit, however powerful, can stand against God’s wisdom. God laughs at their complete weakness (compare Psalm 2:4-6).
Then God does something that astonishes us. We might expect that it would need the most powerful forces in heaven to defeat those evil spirits. However, God chooses to use something that seems to us very weak – surely we Christians are the weakest of all God’s forces (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)! It is as if God has sent babies and children to fight his battle (Psalm 8:2). Our only power is to agree with what God has said – but in that, there is great power. We declare God’s word, the Bible, and with it, we defeat the devil’s lies. We believe and trust God, and that is faith, with the power to achieve great things (Mark 11:23). We bring our requests to God, and he hears and answers our prayers. In these and other ways, God’s people are like soldiers who fight in his army (6:10-20). The power to defeat the spirit forces that oppose them comes not from themselves, but from Christ. From: usefulbible.com – by Keith Simons
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New Testament: Ephesians 3:1-21
Summary: The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed, Prayer for Spiritual Strength
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
~ Ephesians 3:20-21
God’s love and power have no limit; so therefore the glory (honour) he receives should also be without limit. Especially, the church should give God glory – the ‘church’ is Paul’s word for all those people who have received Christ into their lives (Revelation 7:9-12). God has been so kind to them. Once they were God’s enemies (Romans 5:10); but when God forgave them, because of Christ’s death, he changed their lives completely (2 Corinthians 5:17). God continues to work in their lives because, in the future age, they will have full rights as children in his family (Romans 8:17-21). They will always praise him and give him honour – so of course they should praise him now. From: usefulbible.com – by Keith Simons