Posts Tagged ‘Perseverance

02
Jul
18

Persevering Through Persecution

If you read the book of Acts, you’ll see that Paul suffered all kinds of persecution for Jesus. When he wrote his letter to the Philippians, he was writing from prison. He told them that they would also suffer persecution for Christ. He wrote:
​For​ it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have. –  Philippians 1:29-30 (NIV)
Jesus said that the world hated Him and that the world would hate His followers, too. As we get nearer to His return, we’ll only see things get worse. We have to persevere though persecution may come and continue to follow Jesus, even if it one day costs us our lives. In the end, Jesus wins. Those who remain faithful with be rewarded. No matter what happens, stay faithful to Jesus and trust Him to empower you to persevere.
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22
May
18

What’s Coming

One of the questions that is most often asked about faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is about suffering. Why do we have to suffer? Why is there pain in this world? There seem to be so few answers when it comes to the question of suffering. Here’s the thing, the Word of God doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that there’s suffering. Paul wrote:

 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18 (NIV)

Paul admits that we suffer. This world is full of suffering and everyone suffers because the world is broken. The good news of faith in Christ is that God’s promises can help us persevere through suffering. That the temporary struggles and sufferings are nothing compared with the future glory that is coming for God’s people. Yes, we are going to suffer hardships, pain, persecution, disease and death. These are temporary. God promises that when we get to Heaven, these things will be no more. Suffering will be done away with when God’s glory is revealed to us, so hold on to His promises today.
16
Jun
17

The Lord’s Help In Suffering

James, when talking about perseverance and patience in the face of suffering, gives two examples from the Old Testament. He writes:

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. – James 5:10-11 (NIV)

It is important to realize that we are not alone when we suffer. The prophets suffered persecution from their own people, but God was with them and strengthened them. Job suffered at the hands of the devil. God was quiet at the time of his suffering, but He rewarded Job’s patient perseverance. Suffering is hard. We don’t like to suffer. But James says that God is compassionate and merciful. He will not abandon you, even if it doesn’t feel like He is near. Don’t give up on Him for He is closer than you think and working in ways that you cannot see. Also, He will reward your patient perseverance. It may not be immediate, but there is a reward coming for your perseverance. Hold on to His promises today.
13
Apr
17

Rewarding Perseverance

Trials of life and hardships will inevitably come along into each of our lives. How we deal with them says quite a bit about who we are. James wrote:

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12 (NIV)

God has promised a reward for those who persevere through trials and hardships without losing faith in Him. This promise is for those who can withstand the tests that occur and who love the Lord more than anything. What or whom do you love more? Do you love your life more than you love Jesus? Do you love your things more than you love Jesus? Do you love comfort more than you love Jesus? Would you be willing to suffer for Him or to even die for Him, should persecution continue to escalate? The crown of life is a reward for perseverance no matter what. Don’t give up today no matter what comes your way. Take it one day at a time and God will give you the strength you need to press onward.
06
Apr
17

The Goal

When trials and tests of our faith come, they produce perseverance. They help us grow and learn to trust God to get us through difficult circumstances and situations. Instead of giving up on our faith, we press on through the trials with God’s help. That’s how our faith matures. This is one of the goals of being a follower of Jesus. Here’s what James says:

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:4 (NIV)

As we learn to trust God in the difficult times of our lives, the more mature our faith becomes. We are no longer spiritual babies who are prone to wander away from Jesus. Instead, we have a mature faith that not only stands firm through the tests and trials, but also helps others in their trials and tests. Don’t give up when the tests come. Don’t throw in the towel when the trials happen. Press on and persevere with God’s help knowing that you’re getting stronger and your faith is maturing.
05
Apr
17

Trials and Tests

We tend to see the trials in our lives as bad things. The Bible says that they are actually for our good. Jesus’ brother, James, wrote:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:2-3 (NIV)

When our faith is tested, it is not a matter of God punishing us. God allows our faith to be tried and tested so that it will grow. We learn how to persevere and press on when we go through various trials and tests. How else will we be able to keep going when the going gets tough? Let’s face it, the trials and tests get harder as we get older. The trials of our twenties may be nothing compared to the faith tests of our forties, fifties, sixties and beyond. God uses tests and trials to strengthen us, not to punish us. Lean into Him as you face trials because your faith is deepening and growing as you learn to persevere.
16
Jan
17

Stuck In A Cistern

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Joseph’s story in Genesis 37.




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