Hey You! Don’t Give Up!
So many things don’t turn out the way we hope they will or “when” we think they should. It doesn’t make our hope wrong or make it wrong to anticipate the hope of our heart. Nor does it give us the right to give up, or throw in the towel. Neither should “not receiving” what we desire, shake our faith. Our faith is more than our circumstances. It’s more than our heart’s desire. It’s more than our successes and it’s more than the love of our life. ‘Real’ faith is not receiving from God what we want, but it is accepting from God what He gives. When we can get to that point my friend, When we can accept the disappointments as His appointments, then He can begin to show us His plan. Perhaps He’s just ushered you into the real place of His divine purpose. For that reason we have to keep plodding on through the ups and downs of it all!! We have to persevere, keep going ~ strong in the faith…..strengthened in the Hope that we have in Christ. He is victorious!! That victory is ours. Claim it my friend, even when you don’t feel it, or see it. He embraces us with grace for the moment, but that grace dispenses freely on the obedient who follow Him through those extremely tough times.
To persevere means to stay with it, see it through until the end; in the Christian context, it means to hold onto your faith through thick and thin, through every trial, and every storm, to the end of this earthly life. Yeah, it’s true that perseverance is not an easy assignment. In fact, throughout the Bible we see believers subjected to tests of their faith, some of which seem extraordinarily difficult. Abraham told to sacrifice his son, Daniel in the lions’ den, Joseph in prison and Jeremiah in the miry pit are all examples of extreme situations that called for huge faith in God on the part of these believers.
Hebrews 10:36 “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.” It is not enough to have one moment of faith with no growth, no fruit, and no learning, because spiritual fruit is a vital ingredient and cannot be omitted. If we persevere in the faith, we remain in the will of God. Those who do His will, enter His kingdom. Matthew 7:21
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