Anchored in the Cross Ministries is a site that daily exhorts and encourages readers in the word of God. Without fluff, challenging encouragement gives life to the Proverb, “…a word spoken in due season – how good it is!”.
On The Burning Lamp, ‘Defeated’ but Refocused and Refreshed this Texan brother offered a beautiful comment, nailing a strength found only in the Holy Spirit, the very essence that undergirds every spiritual hero. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it, but I know we need it more and more…holy grit!
I will not ‘google’ the words or analyze them. If faith is believing, then holy grit is what gives life to that faith when everything unravels, darkens, and fails. When bleak circumstances are magnified before us, holy grit determines to magnify God and His unchanging word. Through the Holy Spirit, holy grit empowers us to move forward no matter how heavy laden our feet.
Thank God, our spiritual forefathers walked in this power, determined to go on with God in spite of raging armies, undeserved imprisonments, betraying ‘friends’, and painful afflictions. When crushed by God, natural strength proves useless – only holy grit undergirds us to stand, however distressing the juncture.
There are spiritual heroes today whose holy grit truly inspire and encourage. Bill Sweeney at Unshakable Hope is one such believer. Although his life went from utterly perfect to completely ravaged, he stands in victory with a ministry brought forth as oil crushed from olives. An unspoken hero, his wife stands by his side, a faithful testimony to the call of ‘helpmate’. I pray that others will visit Bill’s site.
Knowing the word, even believing the word is not enough – “even the demons believe and tremble”! It is the determination to stand on God’s word, no matter what fiery darts fly at us. Holy grit per se is not mentioned in the Bible. But I believe it’s there, in the hearts of heroes and in the exhortations of God.
Perhaps it is the unction that arises within us, compelling us to “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand…” Perhaps it is holy grit that emboldens us to stand for God’s honor in this dark world. May the Lord compel us in this steadfastness, determined of His sovereignty and faithfulness, through every desperate trial that threatens our faith, “…and having done all, to stand.”
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
Only He can enable us.