Fortitude (The Chapel)
Jul 12, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle
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This week we talked about being able to face obstacles because of the power of Christ in us.
What are some times where you had to keep going even when things are hard?
Think of a time when you think God helped you get through hard time. Share it with your family.
In this series called Elevate, we’ve unpacked this idea that our faith not only inspires us to be able to do incredible things, but it actually elevates us to a new level.
This week, we talked about fortitude. Fortitude is moving forward in the face of adversity. We all experience adversity in our lives, although the degrees of diversity might differ.
Being elevated by God in our fortitude means pressing onward no matter how hard adversity is trying to push us back.
God honors persistence and perseverance. There will always be obstacles between where we are and where God is calling us. Elevated fortitude gives us the power to keep going.
A good example of persistence comes in Luke 18 with the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. There is a woman who had been wronged in some way. Day after day she knocked on the judge’s door asking for justice, but the judge did not care about her or justice. He finally grants her the justice she seeks, but not because he has compassion for her. She simply wore him down with her persistence. If this judge who cares so little for people will grant justice when pestered enough, how much more will God, who loves us, grant us justice in our persistence?
We are called to stand strong in the face of adversity. We are called to run toward the fire when others are running away. We are called to go to places of discomfort to serve people in need. We are not simply motivated to do these things, we have been elevated to withstand adversity.
This, along with wisdom and justice, is another example of Christ’s power in us.
Wednesday: Matthew 13:36-43
Thursday: Matthew 13:44-50
Friday: Matthew 13:51-53
Saturday: Mathew 13:54-58