Called to Endure


Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity).

- Romans 5:3-4

Love endures long and is patient and kind...

- 1 Corinthians 13:4

In difficult seasons and situations we may be tempted to run to distractions and devices either to numb the pain we may be experiencing, or to give us an emotional high. In our 'in-an-instant' driven world it's not natural or desirable to endure hardship, yet if we continually fight against going through these types of seasons we will stagnate our spiritual growth. Of course there are some situations/relationships we must completely remove ourselves from, but there are other things that we simply must go through.

Endurance;

- the ability to endure (suffer patiently) an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.

- the capacity of something to last or withstand wear and tear.

Synonyms include; forbearance, patience, perseverance, longevity, stability.

This doesn't mean that we pretend the pain/frustration doesn't exist, but that we pour in out in the safe place of prayer and counsel. We can get before God and let Him pour in strength and encouragement to refresh our souls. Then we can continue to face each day with the determination to walk in love, and keep our peace and joy.

A few things to remember so we are not discouraged;

1. Trust the process - Remember that an apple seed doesn't grow into an apple tree overnight...Nor can we fully/continually observe the growth of a baby in the womb. Fruit takes time to grow. Endurance is like a spiritual muscle - it needs to be exercised (consistently) and will strengthen over time. Don't give in to the lie that nothing is happening just because the season seems to be lasting longer than you'd hoped, or because you can't see immediate change. Persevere - continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.

2. Don't compare your trial to other people's but to Christ's - when we compare our trial to those of others we will either feel spiritually superior or completely insignificant. It's so unwise to compare because God knows us individually. He knows how to break us and prepare us for our what He has planned. We each have an individual course set before us, and we can't run well if we are distracted by the destructive emotions that come with comparison. When we compare our trial to Christ's (Heb 12:3 ampc) we can remain humble and encouraged to press on.

3. Keep His Joy before you - Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him - the redemption and restoration of mankind. Keep your eyes fixed on Christ and the joy of knowing you are being conformed to His image. Set your mind on the joy of walking in freedom & wholeness, fulfilling your calling, and the many promises He has spoken to your heart (see Hebrews 10:35-36). Trust that He is faithful to fulfil all.

So in the waiting, the testing, the challenges; remember that as you choose to keep going through, endurance will be a trait fortified in you so that you may walk in love;

Able to discern the 'good' time from God's appointed time

Able to exercise self-control and be patient with others

Able to submit to God in your moments of temptation and resist the devil

Able to walk through difficulty fully confident in God's plans and purposes

Able to sustain your stewardship because Christ in you is maturing

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

- James 1:2-4

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes...its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything {without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to and end].

-1 Corinthians 13:7-8

THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have bourne testimony to the Truth], let us strip aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus...He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross...Just think of Him who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary...

- Hebrews 12:1-3 (condensed)

Be blessed Xx

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