Runners

Endurance

“He that endures to the end, the same shall be saved.”

Mathew 24:14

This is what Jesus said when talking about His return and the signs to understand when it’s close.

Interestingly, Endurance is the quality Jesus mentions, as the key to being saved.

Endurance is again brought up in Hebrews 12:1,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Hebrews 12:1

So endurance is important as we finish our race of faith and enter into eternity. But this is mentioned because it’s not always easy. Having endurance takes training and preparation to be able to do it.

My sons run cross country and have the endurance to finish each race. They have had to figure out what pace is needed to keep them running all year long. That’s right, they run all year.

This type of conditioning trains the body with breathing and oxygen flow in the blood. All of this goes into running with endurance to finish the race.

The same is true for endurance with our faith.

It takes intentionality with spiritual training to equip our spirit, soul, and body to endure across the finish line. To endure with Jesus is a lifelong journey that takes us through the ups, downs, joys, and successes of life. It’s a part of the process that we all go through when serving Jesus.

As leaders in the ministry, endurance is a big deal and we can finish strong! If He started our faith, He will finish our faith. We do our part, He does His part.

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬

I believe Paul’s final words in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, give us BIG things in having endurance in our faith through Christ.

Here they are.

1st – Always be joyful, verse 16.

Being joyful is a choice and it’s not based on what we have. It’s based on who we have.

The Joy of the Lord is our strength and it keeps our hearts clean and fresh. We need joy consistently in our lives.

We choose it with our praise and focus on who He is and what He has done.

Let Joy fill you today.

2nd – Never stop praying, verse 17.

Prayer connects us to God, changes us, and empowers us to see God’s answers. The reality is, that it’s easy not to pray. But God things happen when we do.

I encourage us to have a set time, consistent place, and rhythm with prayer. It helps when we plan for it because we’re more likely to do it over time.

Choose to pray daily.

Third, be thankful, verse 18.

We choose to be thankful. It’s a posture of our hearts with what God has done. We can see what isn’t happening, or we can look at all the things God has done.

Being thankful is what keeps us humbled grateful, faithful, remembering, and praising Jesus for who He is and how far He’s brought us.

I believe being thankful is medicine for our hearts. When we do this daily, our hearts get cleaned, and stay clean.

4th – Don’t stifle the Holy Spirit, verse 19.

Letting the Holy Spirit work in and through our lives is a big deal with endurance. It keeps God fresh, close, and real. It’s having Him in a living faith that empowers us to know Him deeply.

The devil wants us to stifle the Spirit and cut Him off. God wants us to receive more of the Spirit and let Him move.

Consider how you’re doing with these four things and let God help you move forward. The time is NOW to feed your faith and run the race with endurance!

When we cross the finish line, we will see Jesus!

Keep going and the best is yet to come!

PD

Pastor David Norris

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