Fortitude in Spirit

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”
― Orson F. Whitney

We’re faced with incredible pains in our modern day world, but its been there all along throughout the history books. We actually read of so many instances in Scripture where people inflict pain on each other and where people go through some of the traumatic pain of life i.e. think of Job, David, Nehemiah etc.. These are only a few of the folks who had to endure suffering and pain on a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical level… I’m not even going to touch on people like Jesus and Paul in their separate forms of pain and endurance.

“Strong people alone know how to organize their suffering so as to bear only the most necessary pain.”
― Emil Dorian, Quality of Witness: A Romanian Diary, 1937-1944

“Life has moments that feel as if the sun has blackened to tar and the entire world turned to ice.  It feels as if Hades and his vile demons have risen from the depths of Tartarus solely for the purpose of banding to personally torture you, and that their genuine intent of mental, emotional, and spiritual anguish is tearing you to shreds.  Your heart weighs as heavily as leaden legs which you would drag yourself forward with if not for the quicksand that pulls you down inch by inch, paralyzing your will and threatening oblivion.  And all the while fire and brimstone pour from the sky, pelting only you.  
Truly, that is what it feels like. But that feeling is a trial that won’t last forever.  Never give up.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

The few names that I mentioned played important roles throughout the bible, from performing warfare to losing everything dear to them. There are millions, if not billions, of these stories today and we don’t read or know about all of them, but for us reading these stories in the Bible we can see that their pains and struggles had a purpose attached to it, “pain and struggle never comes without purpose!” So many people have been and still are being persecuted and living in harsh conditions because of their faith and what they believe in! “For them… every day of living is nothing more than making it through to tomorrow, for them life is all about the seconds they get to breathe and using it as if it is their last…” Think about front line missionary work in some 3rd world countries…

“True Christian fortitude consists in strength of mind, through grace, exerted in two things; in ruling and suppressing the evil and unruly passions and affections of the mind; and in steadfastly and freely exerting and following good affections and dispositions, without being hindered by sinful fear or the opposition of enemies… Though Christian fortitude appears in withstanding and counteracting the enemies that are without us; yet it much more appears in resisting and suppressing the enemies that are within us; because they are our worst and strongest enemies and have greatest advantage against us. The strength of the good soldier of Jesus Christ appears in nothing more than in steadfastly maintaining the holy calm, meekness, sweetness, and benevolence of his mind, amidst all the storms, injuries, strange behavior, and surprising acts and events of this evil and unreasonable world.”
― Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections

What are your pains and struggles today?
– Addiction?
– Unforgiveness?
– Depression?
– Loss?
– Under privileged?

The list goes on and on, honestly… but the fact of the matter is that no matter what you find yourself stuck in, there is a reason and a purpose to it. At this time I would like to encourage you to ask God to humble you on the inside, that He will make you aware of your inner weaknesses and shortcomings. With this inner awareness you should know that your shortcomings and inner weaknesses are part of who you are – you ought to accept that, and place all your confidence in the things of God which is above all the things of this world including your shortcomings and weaknesses. Once this happens you will be able to live in humility, not having no confidence in yourself but having placed your confidence in God and knowing that He has some seriously great things in store for your life, will allow you to move with humility and significance beyond human measure. “You cannot connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.”

“The uncertainties in life are so uncertain for us to determine the kind woe we shall be entangled in in the next future. When you stay dormant, your life is at risk; when you dare to take a step, you take a step to take a risk. We have a choice. Yes! a choice to choose to dare to get to our real reasons on earth or to choose to live in mediocrity and conformity, but, we ought to note that, it is riskier to risk nothing when the life we live is always at risk.”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“If the amount of times we get up is just one less than the amount of times that we’ve been knocked down, then we’re spending our lives lying down.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Keep on standing up! Don’t give up…
Tomorrow brings new hope! Grind hard, don’t stop! Move on! Fail big and make the best of everything else, but most importantly keep God closer than ever before… find yourself at His feet more than you’re trying to stand on your own.

“True victory lies in your role in the conflict, not in coming through safely: it consists in the honour of battling bravely not battling through.”
― Montaigne, Michel de

“It is not about what today was. It is about what tomorrow could be.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“We can settle for what is or we can reach for what is not. And it is utterly imperative that we understand that the entirety of our existence will tip on the choice that we make or don’t make.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Know that I am praying for you!

2 responses to “Fortitude in Spirit”

  1. God’s power is the strongest in your weakness, use a weakness to your advantage and make it one of your strengths!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Preach it! I agree! Give it all to God!


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