As I was studying this week for the sermon on Sunday, God highlighted our need for endurance to be able to Run the Race Of Faith!!! We have had some situations lately that really want to stop us in our tracks, or at least wear us down so we are barely moving in the things God would have us to do. I pray that this message will encourage you and strengthen you!
FAITH AND ENDURANCE
What is endurance and what does it have to do with our walk with the Lord?
Two commercials came to my mind when I thought of endurance.
#1 The Energizer Bunny…. It never stops
#2 Was an old commercial for Timex, takes a licking and keeps on Ticking!!
Endurance is the fight in you, that will not let you stop
and this fight is fueled by your faith!!!
Right now we are in the middle of the Olympics and if you watch any of the different sports, those athletes have practiced and increased their endurance just to compete in these Olympic games. What drives them? A desire and a belief they can win if they don’t quit.
Heb 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Wow, see we need endurance so that after we have done the will of God, (In other words lived our life according to His plan and Purpose), we will receive the Promise… the promise of everlasting life with Him forever…
Heb 10:37 “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY. BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”
Heb 10:38 NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH;
Heb 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
In other words, we need endurance and perserverance as we walk out our life by faith and when it is over and we have not drawn back or quit, we will end our journey on earth in His presence forever.
I think of the many things we endure in the natural realm to acquire something here on earth..You might endure a horrible boss to receive your paycheck each week, or as the athletes in the Olympics you might endures hours of practice and pain to gain that GOLD medal at the end.
But are we willing to endure things for the sake of the Kingdom of God? Or is it easier to just give up and live a life that may be less demanding….
So what do we need endurance in…. we need endurance in our walk of faith!
Or in Hebrews 12:1 it is not called a walk of faith, it is the race of Faith.
Heb 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
So we need endurance in our race of Faith, but what is Faith?
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
In the rest of this chapter we are given examples of the elders and their testimony of Faith! I don’t have time to go through each example but you may want to study this on your own..
So what are we to do as we run this race of faith with endurance and perserverance?
Heb 12:12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
Heb 12:13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Heb 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
In other words there are times when we just have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back in the race… Satan would love to take you out of the race or at least get you sidetracked, but BE STRONG in the LORD and in the POWER OF HIS MIGHT! Remember All things are possible to them who believes!!
God Bless You and Keep You,
Pastor Carol Mora