“Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength!” (I Corinthians 16: 13, Amplified Bible)
You can be strong and vigilant. You have the power to stand firm and ready to beat back the enemy of sense and self and to emerge triumphant. Don’t give in to a sense of weakness, victimization, or fear. You are more powerful than those demeaning accusations.
It is not by human will that we are made mighty, able to keep our watch and to win the battle. It is by our “conviction” about our relationship with God. It is because we stay firm in the awareness that we are one with God at all times and in every condition, and therefore naturally and eternally inseparable from His might, presence, and unopposed certainty. It is by our reliance that we have strength equal to each day’s devilish temptations and fears and evils.
So, to “act like men” is to act like ourselves. It is to agree to be God’s man or woman. It is to lay claim to our real being. It is to honor our true name and nature as the son and daughter of God, forever at one with all that He is and protected by His constant Love. We can “grow in strength” as we grow in our awareness of our true heritage and its enduring promise of safety, satisfaction, life, and peace.
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