TRUTH: How to Stay Strong

In the post TRUTH: How to be Strong, I stated that I realized that there was a progression going on from one being weak to one being strong found in Psalm 31. I concluded with the process describing How to be Strong. 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.

Remembering the examples and models helps us know what God has done and will do in our situation. The end result should be praise. Praise of who God is and what God has done is the key to the TRUTH: How to Stay Strong. In Hebrews 12:28-29, we are told “28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”” Thankfulness is praise.

We are told in this in Hebrews 13:15

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

In those verses, we again see the TRUTH: How to Stay Strong. The first step to Stay Strong is to open your mouth to praise and profess His name – Jehovah and His Son Jesus. Next, we are told to do good which is reminiscent of the TRUTH: How to Treat Your Neighbor. Lastly, we are share what we have with others. Those are the sacrifices that please God. As a consequence of God being pleased, we will be pleased with our lives and Stay Strong.

King David is often an example that we use as God placed him in His Word for that very purpose. After his trials, David often arrives at a place of personal confidence in God and encourages other saints of God to love the Lord. David is encouraged and knows that God will give strength. Since we are told to consider those who have gone before us in the walk of faith, we would do well to listen to David. In Psalm 54, he says,

 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
You have delivered me from all my troubles,
    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

TRUTH: How to Stay Strong – praise and profess His name, do good and share with others. Those are the sacrifices that please God.

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