Significant Spiritual Strength
Text: Colossians 1:11
Joshua was urged to seek “strength and good courage” (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9). He would need all the strength he could get to lead the children of Israel to conquer the land of Canaan.
Paul found great strength for his life and ministry. He was able to draw the great strength of God through understanding and trusting in the grace of God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
PRAYING FOR STRENGTH
Paul prayed for the Colossians, that they may experience the reality of the strength of God in their life.
“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power,
for all patience and longsuffering with joy.”
1. “Strengthened with all might”
a) The word for “strength” used here is “dunamis”.
b) Paul was praying that the strength they would have would make them dynamic in life and ministry.
c) The phrase may be rendered “strengthened with all strength”.
d) This is another way of expressing “great strength”.
2. “According to His glorious power”
a) Only God can supply such strength.
b) The Lord can supply that dynamic strength according to His glorious power.
i) God has divine power.
ii) This power may indeed be described as “glorious”.
3. More goals to consider
a) Goals already mentioned:-
i) To walk worthy.
ii) To bear more fruit.
iii) To increase in knowledge, wisdom and spiritual understanding.
b) Three additional goals:-
i) Patience (The Greek word here is “hupomone” and may be translated as “perseverance”.)
Paul recognised that mere teaching will not result in the above. It would take the power of God to bring about these things he prayed for. Prayer was not something he took for granted also. He knew that he had to seek God diligently and with wisdom.