Endurance is something we cannot live without! Jesus endured. His church throughout the centuries has endured. And we today need to endure also!
The Bible talks about the need for us to endure. The very definition of endure, is: to suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently; to remain in existence, to last.
The Lord said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Not only do we have to endure, but to the end! The Lord has given us His Presence, His Word and all that we need so that we can endure but we must do our part.
There is a parable in Matthew 7:24-27, where Jesus tells about a man who built his house upon a rock and another, who built his house upon sand. When a storm came, naturally the house built on the rock stood firm and the one built on the sand collapsed and even with a great crash. The Lord is telling us that the winds of life will blow and even blow hard and to build our homes upon Him. He loves us and wants us to endure through every storm.
There is no doubt that every one of us will face the storms of life. When Jesus is our true foundation, He is also our saving grace. In Christ, we are able to weather the storms of life and also its temptations, distractions, frustrations, challenges and all that comes our way. The Lord has all we need.
When become Christians, we are born-again. In the spirit, all is new. We still have the same bodies and natural minds, but now our spirits are in the Light and the Holy Spirit has come to live in us. Through His Spirit and His Word we have all we need, but it is up to us to grow and mature in Him. We must build a new life in Christ. Our past (and future) must be given to the Lord and how we view it must now be filtered by the Word of God (it is called the renewing of the mind - more can be read about it at Renewing The Mind). Instead of our lives being self-centered, we become Jesus-centered (from self-lordship to Jesus Lordship).
When we choose Jesus as Lord, He becomes our Rock. We must learn to rely on Him at all times. Additionally, we need to read, learn and apply His Word daily; even meditate upon it. We must pray and spend time alone with the Lord. We must worship Him and allow Him to minister to us. We need to be filled with His Spirit, seek His direction daily and heed His guidance as He directs us, etc.
By living life with the whole armor of God (you can read more about it at: The Whole Armor of God) and feeding our spirits upon His Word we can endure and be victorious. Through prayer and worship we can be filled in our spirits by the Holy Spirit who gives us strength. In the Lord, we grow and mature.
If we want to endure, including endure to the end, we must invest in our spiritual well-being for there is always a spiritual enemy out there looking for our demise. The apostle Peter recorded this in one of his letters:
Becoming a Christian is just the beginning. We must grow from there and separate from the people of this world and their music, parties, media, values, etc. and position ourselves properly. We must study the Bible for ourselves, surround ourselves with godly friends, feed our souls with positive Christian media, prayer, worship, etc.
In essence, if we want to endure, we must do our part. If we are wimpy Christians and barely making it, then it is due to something on our part. Perhaps we have neglected church, perhaps we are not personally feeding our selves on His Word or truly worshiping the Lord and allowing Him to fill us, or perhaps not seeking Him daily or not really applying His Word or even really believing.
If we plan on enduring to the end: we must make the effort to personally grow in the Lord. He has given us all we need to endure, but we must do our part!
Here are a few verses just for thought and meditation, in regard to being strong in the Lord, enduring and the benefits of doing so:
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