To be strong in the Lord warrants one to be in opposition sometimes and even hated to stay stedfast as a Christian. When we go through trying times it strengthens us so down the road we have the ability to help another for so is the whole calling of Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3-7). Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
We are not suppose to exalt ourselves, but are to be humble and in due time it is God who will exalt us. If we stay stedfast in our faith our adversary (satan) will have no power over us and we are mindful our brethren are enduring the same fight of afflictions! (1 Peter 5:6-9). Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
It is at times easy to get discouraged in this life and we are to exhort one another daily, as we are considered partners (partakers) of Christ and remain stedfast till the end. (Hebrews 3:12-14). Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;