COURAGE + FORTITUDE = CHARACTER
Mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously.
So this fortitude is the armour, the outer strength to get you through. It’s the part you play, it’s the mental and emotional strength, 'the battle between your ears.' Our minds are our weakest link sometimes, but they can also be our strongest weapon.
We need to be constantly building up our armour on the outside and our inner strength on the inside. The outer armour is what we say, our actions and what we feed our mind with, the words we recite to ourselves and the company we keep, it’s the gym of church, bible and prayer –repeat.
This outer armour of course comes from the journey, the battles we go through and the victories we win. It's built on the foundations of the heartache and the losses that we then see over time were all part of the amazing plan. This is our mental ‘trust –ness’ in God; when our mind says, "its never going to work," we then rebut it with, "It seems like this, but God will get me through. He did last time and He will do it again".
David strengthened himself in the Lord:
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6
David had to work on his OUTER ARMOUR, his mental fortitude and he did this by rebuttal of the negative and fear-based words coming at him from every angle, replenishing his mind with the truth. He basically had to pep talk himself back to trust.
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56: 3-4
When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because fGod is for me. In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.
What’s even cooler here is that he did this creatively. He blasted that Gibson harp and sang his lungs out to deafen the nay-sayers and the Negative Nellys and the fear-mongers and the gossipers and back-stabbers and the media blitz of terror and evil that inundated him every second and jammed to some mighty tunes that built his FORTITUDE.