"Strengthened with might"

Paul prayed to God for the Ephesians that they should be "strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man." He knew what that meant. After his call to be a disciple of Christ Jesus on the way to Damascus he had gauged every experience by his own inner growth. He had been involved in great dangers, in violent experiences; he had suffered many cruelties and hardships for the sake of Truth; he had proved in all these tests of his faith that the inner man was not weakened, that the might of Spirit did not forsake him. There had been no withdrawal, no effort to escape the tasks he had undertaken; no murmurings or regrets, but rather a continual development of responsibility and action, a launching of greater and more hazardous adventures on behalf of Truth.

Once men realize what it is that strengthens them, once they claim that with them always, because this is their divine heritage, is the might of Spirit, they will no longer depend upon or cherish, no longer fear or flee from, the vagaries of human existence. If there comes an hour when terror or temptation presents itself, they will say with the calm confidence of Christ Jesus, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

And they will say this because they know that the heaven and earth whereof Jesus spoke is forever expressed within them in terms of Spirit and therefore of strength. On page 393 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy has written: "Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man."

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