9th February 2012

Never Give In!

“Well then, my beloved brothers, hold your ground, immovable; abound in work for the Lord at all times, for you may be sure that in the Lord your labour is never thrown away.”
1 Corinthians 15: 58 (Moffatt)

During the many dark days of WW2, Winston Churchill’s voice gave the British people hope and confidence for the future, as they listened to his speeches of defiance, and his refusal to surrender to the adversary.  “Never give in,” he roared, “never, never, never, never; in nothing great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy!”  In the midst of adversity, when the “Old Lion” roared, the people of Britain cheered and took heart.

It has been said that “the usefulness of a postage stamp is its ability to stick to one thing until it is finished!”

This side of eternity, we as frail humans, wait on God, and we do so in the encouragement, strength and faith that are gifts from him. As we read the scriptures we need to realise that one of the main purposes of those inspired writings is to encourage us to hang on, to hang tough!  Romans 15:4 (NIV) reminds us, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” But notice just where this endurance and encouragement comes from (verses 5-6)—“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Jesus Christ, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

You see, we are not left to struggle on in our own puny strength, but to become conquerors through his Son (Romans 8: 35-39). So, in these two sections of scripture alone we have Hope, Endurance, Encouragement and Victory, through Jesus our Saviour and Friend!  These are promises from our Heavenly Father, and each promise of his is guaranteed through his Son:  “For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen” to the glory of God.”(2 Corinthians 1: 20 NRSV). 

And in the midst of adversity, all the people of God read his words, cheered and took heart!

Prayer
Father, thank you once again for the power you provide daily; power that changes our lives, and as a result of that gift, we become enduring conquerors, through the Spirit of your beloved Son.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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