October 21st 2010

Clothed With Endurance

11th of a Series

“For when God made a promise to Abraham…And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
Hebrews 6:13, 15 (NKJV)

One of the great qualities of the men and women of God is that they endure.

Above we have a reference to Abraham who endured, facing the world almost singlehandedly, and obtained the promise. There is inherent in the word the idea of struggle, of continuing to overcome, of staying with it and sticking to the task.

It has been said that Christianity is not a sprint for the line but is more of a marathon. Perhaps you have watched a marathon being run. The London marathon is an example. Hour after hour the athletes pound the streets of London, meeting and overcoming pain barrier after pain barrier. It is surely one of the most demanding of the athletic events. They train for months hoping to hit their peak of fitness just at the right time.

This is where Christianity and marathon runners diverge. They do it all in their own strength, we do it in the strength of Christ. Not many of us could make a good fist of a marathon run, but when it comes to the Christian life we win every time even when we think we have failed.

The Apostle Paul encourages us to run, to stay with it, not like athletes who run uncertain of victory, when we run our victory is secure. He tells us to put out the same effort knowing for certain that we will be victorious (1Corintians 9:24-26).

Notice also how the Apostle John sees this same victory; “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5).

Faith in Jesus enables us to endure to the end and complete the race victorious.

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for the confidence we can have in Jesus to meet all the trials of life and to endure to the end in victory.
Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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One Response to “October 21st 2010”

  1. sherwin scott on November 3rd, 2010 8:34 pm

    Hello David,
    Thank you for your contributions to the Day by Day website. You have reached the age of retirement, but I certainly hope that you will not retire from submitting your very helpful studies to the Day by Day website.

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