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In free-sparring, even if you have endurance and strength, you will get knocked down easily if you do not have balance. Physically we often take the word in the verb form, to put oneself or something in a stable or steady position to keep from falling. The Bible, however, uses the word as a noun, as in scales for weighing, or in an accounting sense as the amount in an account. The synonym stable does not even appear in the NIV, but the adjective steadfast and the negative form unstable does, from which we can learn some spiritual lessons:

1. Steadiness comes from God (Gen 49:24), but you have to develop what He has given (Is 35:3):
Gen 49:24 But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
• Is 35:3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;

2. Steadfastness is developed by trusting the LORD (Ps 112:7, Is 26:3), in obeying His decrees (Ps 119:5):
• Ps 112:7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
• Is 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
• Ps 119:5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!

3. The one who does not trust, the one who doubts, is unstable in all they do (Jas 1:8). They are easily seduced (2 Pet 2:14), ignorant, and distort Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Pet 3:16):
Jas 1:8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
• 2 Pet 2:14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood!
• 2 Pet 3:16 … His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

4. Steadfastness is tested by growing weary (Ex 17:12) and suffering, but endurance leads to you becoming strong and firm (1 Pet 5:10):
Ex 17:12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
• 1 Pet 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

5. The result of steadfastness is power (2 Chron 27:6), and no fear of bad news (Ps 112:7).
2 Chron 27:6 Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God.

As you can see, endurance, strength and balance are intricately related, both in the physical and spiritual realm. Think of these things next time you are tempted to give up.

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