“The people that do know their God will be strong and do exploits.”
Daniel 11:32 KJV
How’s your spiritual condition? Got ‘muscle tone?’ Have a well-defined ‘six pack?’ How is your spiritual stamina? Can you keep up? These are important questions to answer.
At this critical time in history, with so many issues in the balance, now is not the time for spiritual weaklings. We are not to fade into irrelevance and inactivity in what should be our finest hour.
There are battles to fight, victories to hang on to and enemies to push back that won’t hesitate to run over spiritual wimps.
So, what’s the secret to becoming and staying strong and fit? Here is your answer: “… the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32 KJV
The word ‘strong’ means: firm and durable. In other words, God’s people will have core spiritual strength and will not be push-overs. In addition, they will have what it takes to last … to be standing when the battle is over. They won’t cut and run or shrink back from the fight.
But, you say … “I have known God for a long time and this doesn’t describe me.” You speak for many of us who don’t feel like this description describes us. But a seemingly unconnected verse in Genesis just might contain the answer. The Bible uses the same Hebrew word ‘know’ from Daniel 11:32 as in Genesis 4:1 (KJV) when it says, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, …”
That word ‘know’ denotes not a cursory knowledge of someone … not just an acquaintance, but the most intimate person in your life.
People only with a casual relationship with the Father (Sundays only) are not candidates for powerful spiritual muscles. Their ability to run the race ends at the first minor hill climb. They are gasping for breath over a minor threat. Their knees can’t handle much beyond slow walks on soft soil.
But those who spend time in God’s presence, whose hearts desperately search Him out every day, the ones who God confides in regularly because they give Him their attention and follow his every direction … they will be strong and do exploits.
To gain a place in God’s book of spiritual heroes, He must be your dearest friend and confidante. He must have your attention and obedience. You must desire Him more than anything or anyone else. Then … you have spiritual strength like few others.
“Fight the good fight of the faith.” I Timothy 6:12 NIV