Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)
Now, that’s a very important word. What’s that? Endurance, you won’t find many more important words than that one. Why is that? I will ask you a few questions. I will make a few statements. I’m listening. Do you know that I have called you by name? Do you know that I have forgiven all your sins and cleansed you of all your unrighteousness? I am your Savior and Lord. Do you know that I have adopted you into my family? I am your God and Father. You are my child. I am molding and shaping your life. I am making you to be the person that I want you to become. You are my masterpiece. I started my work in you on the day that you were born. I will continue my work in you until the day that you come to live forever in heaven with me. Do you know that I have a purpose and plan for your life? Do you know that I have good works prepared in advance for you to do for me? I have given you gifts, talents and abilities that you can use to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I am with you. My hand is on your life. I will help you. I will strengthen and sustain you as you love, follow and serve me. How does all this sound so far? It sounds fantastic! I am so thankful for all that you have done, are doing and will do for me. That’s good.
Life will get hard. Your road ahead will not always be easy. There will be twists and turns and ups and downs that you did not expect. You will suffer pain. You will experience loss. You will go through trials and testing. You will be faced with many questions. What questions will I need to answer? Will you continue to love, follow and serve me? Will you hold on to me as I hold on to you? Will you patiently endure all that life throws at you? Will you come to rely on my strength? Will you seek my counsel? Will you trust in my wisdom? Will you keep on moving forward with me? Now, do you see why that word endurance is such an important word? Yes Lord, I do understand. I will endure. I will keep on loving, following and serving you. I will keep on doing the work that you have given me to do for you. I will rely on you to supply me with whatever I need. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. That will be very good.
Lord, I will not give up. I will not slow down. I will not quit. I will patiently endure and continue to do your will. I will follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will not retreat. I will have no regrets. I will hold nothing in reserve. Amen
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