An Enduring Spirit

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Being a Christian has its challenges. However, it is not impossible to stand on our faith. When there are pressures to hide or abandon our faith, it is possible to be brave!

When our back is against the wall, it is also possible to trust in Jesus. Even when others may turn from God, it is possible to stand up for what is right in the sight of God.  Along with this, it is possible to be in the worst seasons of our lives and still be able to glorify God!

While, we may have had thoughts of wanting to fit in or to be accepted by others, we can allow the peace of God to settle our hearts and minds. We can even be confident in Jesus and who we are in Him. We can endure, because we are in God’s hands.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

As a Christian, many challenges will come into our lives. We may even battle feelings of not being worthy of God’s love. 1 John 3 tells us that the Father has given us His love. In the same chapter and verse 20, it tells us that, if our hearts are condemned, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.

Only God knows, for certain, what the reasons are for what we face.  For this reason, it is important to seek God for truth and direction (Ephesians 1:9 and Daniel 2:22). As a result, we will remember that God will always give us the strength and the grace to endure hard seasons. 

Finally, think about the Apostle Paul and all that He endured for the Cross. Paul knew and understood that he had been called for a purpose that was greater than anything he would face.  For this reason, Paul still remained a faithful servant of God.

I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.  Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.  If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.  The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.

2 Corinthians 11:27-28, 30-31

While our calling may not be like Paul’s, we still have been called to something greater than ourselves. We can still endure and make disciples for Christ. Like Paul, we can realize that only Jesus can help us to have an enduring spirit to serve God (John 15:5).