Gentiles (non-Jews) and Jews who believe in Messiah Jesus became strong in The LORD on the day of Pentecost.
The blessing God gave Abraham came on them.
“Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.
‘For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Messiah Yeshua, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
“Brothers, speaking of human terms, though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been confirmed, no one makes it void or adds to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring.* He doesn’t say, “To descendants”, as of many, but as of one, “To your offspring”, which is Messiah. Now I say this: A covenant confirmed beforehand by God in Messiah, the law, which came four hundred thirty years after, does not annul, so as to make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by promise.” Galatians 3:13-18.
About 10 days before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his apostles to wait for the promise of the Father and they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came on them.
“Don’t depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me……
… ….. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.” Acts 1:4,8.
(Acts 1:1-8; Luke 24:49; John 14:1; Acts 2:33; Joel 3:18; Matthew 3:11; Acts 11:16; Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32; 1 Thessalonians 5:1; Mark 24:48; Acts 4:33;8:1,14;13:47)
On the day of Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit and that power, just as Joel (Joel 2:28–32) and David (Psalm 16:1–11) prophesied.
We need to be strong in The LORD and in the strength of his might in order to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
“Finally, be strong in The LORD and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12.
“In conclusion, be strong in The LORD [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground, HAVING [b]TIGHTENED THE WIDE BAND OF TRUTH (personal integrity, moral courage) AROUND YOUR WAIST and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (an upright heart), and having [c]strapped on YOUR FEET THE GOSPEL OF PEACE IN PREPARATION [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17 AMP.
~ Bill Bremer