In other words, Paul is saying that all the glorious strength, might and power of Heaven is available to us. We may feel very weak and feeble at times, but we have the power and authority of all Heaven behind us. This means the might of God’s name, the might of God’s Word, the might of God’s Spirit, the might of God’s Son, the might of God’s angels, and the might of God’s Church. It is all ours to be used in doing His will and work here on earth. How very sad it is, therefore, to hear people say, “I am trying to serve God in my own weak and feeble way!”
It is meekness and trust, not weakness and fear, that God wants in our lives. It is His power, not our efforts, that will enable us to do His will. He will never ask us to do something that we cannot do by His might and wisdom. He will always give us both the power and the authority to do His will and complete His calling for our lives.
We see this in the life of Jesus, when He called His disciples together and sent them forth with “power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases” (Luke 9:1). He gave them both “power” (ability) and “authority” (legal right) to carry out His command. In the same way, whenever God commands our service, He will also command our strength!
When we truly need God’s might, He will send it to us by way of:
an angelic messenger
a ministry of His Spirit
a revelation from His Word
a member of His Church
We will always receive all that we need, just when we need it. God’s might is always available!
GOD APPLIES HIS DIVINE STRENGTH IN FOUR WAYS
Divine strength can be applied in several different ways. The Hebrew word owz refers to four different applications: “force”, “security”, “majesty” and “praise”.
God gives us the spiritual “force” that we need to strengthen our service for Him. It is through the authority of His Word and the power of His Spirit that we can force the enemy to flee. When we submit to and come under God’s authority, His authority comes upon us. The devil cannot stand up to the spiritual force with which we then resist him, and quickly flees (see James 4:7).
God also strengthens us with divine “security”. Peter puts it this way:
“…who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1Pet 1:5).
Our faith and confidence – our safety and security – are in the strength of Almighty God. We have been cleansed, called and sent by God. We will also be safely and securely kept by God until that day. In this light, listen to these encouraging words which Paul writes to Timothy, his “dear son” in the Lord: “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2Tim 1:12).