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Blessed Fortitude (Psalm 119:112)

I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, even to the end.
Psalm 119:112

Knowledge without practice may be the cause of the greatest deception known to mankind. How many will one day stand before the Lord with absolute confidence, only to find that their knowledge of the truth results in their condemnation. After all, their knowledge is sufficient for them to answer the Bible questions, but it was never integrated into their lives in practical obedience.

Our Lord addresses this issue with these words:

“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
Matthew 7:26–27

The word of God was making a profound difference in the life of the psalmist. They were not simply words to learn or verses to memorize. They were truths that must be obeyed. The psalmist labored consistently and diligently to perform the work of the Lord. His obedience was certainly a reflection of his love for God and love for God’s word.

The Apostle John reminds us that true conversion leads to loving obedience.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
John 14:15

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58