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::Devotional:: ‘Fortitude Builds Faith’

August 18, 2010

I’m only 30 years old, so it seems a bit early to talk about my “glory days”.  However, back in my glory days of high school I was big into weight-lifting.  We called it strength conditioning because it was part of our annual work-out routine for football.  The basics behind strength condition is to push your muscles to the point of exhaustion so that they can rebuild themselves even stronger than they were before.  Weight, repetitions, and rest builds muscle.  Our lives as Christians are very similar to that process except the end result is not stronger muscles but stronger faith.

While we don’t have to wake up each morning and head to the gym to bench-press 500 lbs to build our faith, we do have to face a variety of trials that have been placed before us for the very same purpose.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-3

Coach Ferrell, my head football coach in high school, used to motivate us before tough games by saying, “adversity will only make you stronger.”  Truer words were never spoken.  Here I was thinking he was talking about the game and he was dispensing Biblical truth – whether he knew it or not.

Adversity, trials, hardships – they are all part of the process the strengthens our faith.  The scriptures tell us that our choice to persevere through those trials, by depending upon our faith in the Lord, is what helps us to become mature and complete.  Fortitude builds faith.

Maybe you are in the midst of a trial this morning – seek the Lord for the strength to endure.  Maybe you’ve just come through a trial – thank the Lord for his dependability.  Maybe you’ve enjoyed a time of rest – thank the Lord for his grace and mercy. Strengthen your faith.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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