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Proverbs Day Twenty-Four | Core strength training

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If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. Proverbs 24v10 (NLT)

Too many may read this and focus primarily on the word fail. Interestingly the ESV translation uses the phrase faint.

I think that faint captures the heart of the wisdom much better. After all, as the adage goes “real failure, may be failure to try”.

Resilience is a really important trait especially in those pressure circumstances we might find ourselves in. It could be any number of situations! Resilience stops us fainting. We are able to resist it.

This proverb stood out immediately to me because I feel I am learning about calmness in the face of pressure – when the odds are stacked against me.

It is a slow journey of learning and asking God to change me. It matters most when I disagree with someone, they rub me up the wrong way or don’t do what I expected or wanted. I have spent so much time in Psalm 23 this year because it is the antidote to weak strength in the face of strong pressure. The key to strength is knowing that God is with me. His rod and his staff they comfort me etc.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23v1-6 (ESV)

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Proverbs 24v10 (ESV)

The rich list for the rough

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Following the talk on Sunday regarding Rough Faith, here are some true riches we have even on the hardest, lowest and roughest days:

12 For there is no distinction between anyone; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. Romans 12

The riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience (Romans 2v4)
The riches of his glory by the riches of his mercy (Romans 9v23)
The riches of knowing a infinitely wise and knowledgeable God (Romans 11v33)
The riches of his speech and knowledge (1 Corinthians 1v5)
The riches of not needing possessions to be or feel rich (2 Corinthians 6v10)
The riches of being generous in every way (2 Corinthians 9v11)
The riches of his grace towards our trespasses (Ephesians 1v7)
The riches of a glorious inheritance (Ephesians 1v18)
The riches of his mercy, flowing from his rich love for us (Ephesians 2v4)
The immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ (Ephesians 2v7)
The riches that we will never exhaust… the unsearchable riches of Christ (Ephesians 3v8)
The riches of the Holy Spirit in us, strengthening us with power (Ephesians 3v16)
The riches that will meet every one of our needs (Philippians 4v19)
The riches of the mystery of Christ in you (Colossians 1v27)
The riches of the full assurance of understanding the glory of Christ (Colossians 2v2)
The riches of the Word of God (Colossians 3v16)
The riches of enjoyment (1 Timothy 6v17)
The riches of his grace (Titus 3v6)
The riches of faith (James 2v5)
The rich inheritance we shall receive (James 2v5)

9 “I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! Revelation 2