Be strong. Stand firm! Face forwards and look to what the Lord is doing – and is going to do. Though there is great trouble around and behind you – and though you feel that this is on the increase, coming like an explosion in a tunnel – the Lord will make use of it to propel His people, people like you, forward.
You have been called to move forward for the Lord. Well done for hearing the cry and answering! Now it is time to move and be moved. Do not fear. Do not fear what is behind you, do not look back. Rejoice that your direction is forwards; that you will stand… and continue to stand, even on new ground.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.