To truly endure this race called life, you have to learn how to be strong when you’re weak. It has everything to do with understanding God’s love. Everyone’s favorite scripture is from John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
What God would give His only son as a sacrifice? Only one. As the Creator, he gives us a clear choice every single day to make. The question is, will we choose right versus wrong? No one’s perfect, so of course we make wrong decisions at times.
Wrong choices causes bad consequences. These events fall under God’s permissive will rather than His divine will. When these occurrences happen, our desired blessing will take longer or won’t happen at all until we make it right. Making things right requires a mindset of Godly endurance.
Endure means to last. For us to last or sustain, we have to understand our daily position in God. God calls us to follow His commandments everyday. The 24 hours given to us in the day causes/forces us to grow spiritually while being used for His purpose. In this process, we choose to mature in our spiritual walk which is different from a (maturing) physical state.
Maturity is unique and special for all circumstances involved (i.e. – mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc). On the spiritual level, we mature through trials. These unknown trials can happen at any time with varying degrees of difficulty. We as followers don’t sign up for trials as if it’s a gladiator challenge. The trying obstacle can be at work, within family or a health bout. No one knows, but God.
God knows your weaknesses and strengths. Every test is for our development growth in spiritual maturity. He wants you to succeed. In James 1:2-4, the scriptures state “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Don’t Give Up
A great song from Yolanda Adams is “The Battle is not Yours.” Technically, it’s a biblical scripture. God knows that He’ll win, but we’re being used to show the enemy we choose God’s way. Our Godly endurance continues to choose His devine will.
In 2 Chronicles 20:15, He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.'”
I’ve included this song via YouTube. Enjoy.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA
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