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“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Be strong.  Not on your own, but in the Lord, be strong.  You can do nothing apart from Him and with Him all things are possible. Therefore, live in the Lord’s strength and know that in Him alone is all hope.  Stand firm knowing that our adversary roams around seeking whom He may devour.  If you are in the Lord, you know He is with you.  So, stand firm in Him and hold fast to the truth.

Lord, it is a wicked world and the wicked one seeks to devour all who come close to You.  Guide me to stand close to You always so that I may not fall prey to the devil’s schemes but live in Your love instead.  Guide me to look to You for all things and to do what You give me to do.  Help me now and always to know that Your strength is my strength and the hope of the Gospel is my hope.

Jesus, because You live, I too live.  You have come to set me free from sin, death, and the devil.  Help me now and always to know that in You is all hope.  Help me to live in Your strength knowing that in You is all strength.  Help me to live in faith knowing that You are the way, truth, and life.  Lead me now and always, Lord Jesus, in the way You know I need to go.  Teach me to stand firm in You.  Amen.