TRUTH: How to be Strong


As I began reading Psalm 31, I realized that there was a progression going on from one being weak to one being strong. Of course, I am not speaking in physical terms. I am primarily speaking spiritually and emotionally. Our emotions are driven by what we think. If we are thinking improperly, we will have improper emotions like fear, envy, malice, rage, etc. If we think right or righteously, we will have proper dispositions like  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  In essence, this tells the TRUTH: How to be Strong.

How is it that one experiences emotional or spiritual weakness? We all know the answer to this one. There are a myriad of life experiences that challenge our thinking. It could be related to our health, a relationship, a financial situation, a vocational situation or any area of our lives that frequently is under siege. That fact makes the TRUTH: How to be Strong all the more important to find out. Fortunately, God has provided that for us over and over in His Word.

Simply, we get the answer in the first verse which says “In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.” The verse tells us to take or seek refuge in God. Then, wait for His deliverance that springs from His righteousness. Sounds simple doesn’t it. It is simple; however, it is difficult to navigate because we are so feeble and frail in our thinking and spirit. We hesitate, waver, stumble and fall because our spirit does not connect with the Spirit of God to hear, see and think right thoughts about who we are and who God is to us as children of God who have been given rights. TRUTH: How to be Strong?  

Take refuge in God. Let’s look at other verses that show us the way.

Psalm 31:24
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (NIV)
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. (NKJV)

Psalm 29:11
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. (NIV)
The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. (NKJV)

Psalm 138:3
When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. (NIV)
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. (NKJV)

Isaiah 35:4
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.” NIV)

Colossians 1:9,11
ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives…  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, (NIV)

Luke 22:31-32
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Hebrews 12:12-13
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

James 5:10-11
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

From the Word of God, we find the answer to TRUTH: How to be Strong?  We take refuge in Him relying on His righteousness and love for His children who call out to Him in their moments of need. The Father comes to His children when we call on Him. We also know that Jesus is praying for us in those trying moments. Lastly, we must remember those of FAITH who have gone before us as examples and models to be encouraged to take heart and stand strong because we know what God has done and will do in our situation. That’s the TRUTH: How to be Strong?

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