Strengthen Yourself!

Written by On Wednesday, 03 May 2017 16:01
Strengthen Yourself!

Inside the Philips arena, there was a WWE ten rounds boxing match going on between two world renowned boxers. Excitement filled the air as both the young to the old gathered to witness this historical fight. The cheering was endless, the noise earsplitting and it grew louder and louder with every round and every punch thrown.

Suddenly there was silence, Walker was down, laying still almost as if he was half dead. Blood oozing from the corner of his left eye. The referee’s body language suggested he was calling it in, everyone in the arena knew it was all over. For what seemed like a lifetime, no one moved, no one said nothing. As I was still wondering what was going on through his mind, Walker lifted his hand up and like a man who had just been pumped with renewed strength from God knows where, he grabbed one of the boxing ring ropes, lifted himself up, wiped the blood on his brow with the back of his hand and doubled his fists ready to finish what he had started.

Humanity is naturally needy. We constantly are in need of having someone to encourage us, someone to tell us they love us, someone to tell us ‘it is gonna be alright’, someone to whisper ‘excellent, keep going’, someone to cheer us on as we sojourn in this journey called life. But really, what happens when the dust has settled down, the music has faded, the noise has died, the night has creeped in, the last flame of the fire has fizzled out, everyone has gone and you are left all but alone, what happens?

Genesis 48:2 When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.

See, Jacob was old and sick sleeping on his ‘death bed’ perhaps waiting for his hour of reckoning to go and rest with his ancestors but when he heard that his son Joseph had come to see him, he strengthened himself and sat up on the bed. 

Life can be hard sometimes, easy is not an option but you can be strong. When life is hard, do it hard. No matter how disheartened you are, no matter the struggles you have gone through, no matter how broke you are, no matter the trials you have faced, no matter how lonely you may be, no matter how weak you are, sometimes when ‘your Joseph’ shows up, you have to learn to strengthen yourself. When there is no one to hold your hand, you have to learn to do it yourself. When there is no one to whisper hope to you, like David, you have to learn to say to yourself “why are you down cast oh my soul, hope thou in God”. 
Work out your faith muscles by finding strength in your purpose, find strength in what you live for, find strength in what you believe in. There’s nothing that can crush a man oozing with hope from the inside out because it is in hope that you find strength to do it one more time. If there's no enemy within, the enemy without can do us no harm.
Child of God, Strengthen Yourself!
Tim Mjete is a blogger at

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