Inner Strength

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Ephesians 2:14-21

I sat through two hours of television last night watching the story of the “Battle of Britain” in 1940. Hitler had forced every British soldier off the continent. He was pounding the island with his Luftwaffe (air force). The U.S.A. and Canada declined to send aid. Churchill stood alone in defiance of the evil hordes. Lord Halifax of Canada counseled “accommodation.” Churchill refused. He said, “We will fight on the beaches. We will fight in the streets. We will fight in the fields,” etc.

Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Ephesus is that they may be “strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

When a crisis hits in your family, to whom do you turn? When your congregation faces a major decision, to whom does it look to for counsel and wisdom? The kind of power that the Holy Spirit gives is that of knowing “the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.” When you know the inner strength of that love, no crisis, not even one as big as Hitler’s army, can weaken your resolve!


Holy Spirit of God, make me strong in the face of temptation, in the face of crabbiness, in the face of evil. Help me to stand for justice, truth, and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.