“…my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” – Ephesians 6:10 NKJV
When you believed in Christ, everything seemed brand new. You found it easy to pray without being cajoled. You loved studying your Bible. Going to church was a default. Everything was great. Nothing could spoil your day.
Then you began to age in the faith and suddenly it became an effort to fellowship with the Lord. Delight became a duty. Worse still, life probably dealt you its usual blows – civil unrest, physical maladies, piling bills, the loss of a loved one, or some other trial. Then your faith began to wane.
Yet in the midst of everything, you know that the Gospel is still the power of God to save (Romans 1:16) regardless of circumstances. More so, you are very much aware of Jesus’ words: “…In the world you will have tribulation…” (John 16:33 NKJV), so denying the faith on the grounds of trials is not an option. Yet, you feel so exhausted. You feel so drained.
I have come to tell you that you are not alone. Many have felt this way before but they did not give up. You will find various examples of such people in the scriptures – Abraham, David, Gideon, Jephthah, even Jesus. Do you know what set them apart? They had developed spiritual stamina! They had spiritual stamina.
“What is that?” You ask. Well, the word “stamina” in ordinary parlance is “the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.” It also refers to the words “endurance” or “staying power”. Therefore, spiritual stamina refers to the ability of a believer to endure in and with the faith.
How is this acquired? By simple faith in the Gospel. After all, “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). We don’t need faith if life will always go our way and it sometimes does not. However, if we’ve entrusted our lives to God by believing the Gospel, we can be sure that our story already has a good ending regardless of the trials we may face.
Other ways of acquiring stamina are connected to having this simple faith. They include building convictions through the study of the word, praying to God like our lives depend on it- because it does- and learning from elderly people who have been in the faith for years.
Are you losing steam in your Christian walk? Get some stamina. Build unshakable convictions from the word of God. Like Abraham, your convictions about God will always influence your conclusions. He believed God in an impossible situation.
He could not fathom the possibility of God’s promises failing so he concluded that God will raise his son, Isaac, from the dead.
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.”
In life, as believers, we will have trials but we must not let them change our testimony. We must not let them affect our devotion to God. Instead of giving up, we must build spiritual stamina. We will remain of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world. Glory to God!