THE GIFT OF ENDURANCE

I shared the message of this most recent blog at a weekly prayer meeting we have at the place I work just this past week. As I sought the Lord on what to speak I kept hearing Jesus speak of the similarities between walking out life as a Believer and walking out life as a soldier at war.  The message of enduring as a tool or warfare stood out to me. Had never thought of enduring the way the Lord was unfolding it.

 2 Tim. 2:1-7– You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.  Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

 The bible speaks a lot of enduring and preserving…these are two necessary tools needed to be victorious and able to fulfill all Christ has for us.

 Being able to endure is a gift that Jesus provides us through life circumstances.  I have heard is said, “What doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger”.  There is a lot of truth in this. – Prov. 24:5-6.

This past year has been one of intense challenges and transition in my life. It really started in December 2009 when I begin to see major challenges in my personal life. Then 2010 came and it with came a series of major events: I was sent to India by GOD TV, while there I was involved in a car accident. No one hurt I was a bit shaken up (emotionally) by the experience; Came back to the states 10 days later only to land in hospital for blood clots that had formed in right leg due to sitting for over 20 hours on long flights to India and back, 
While recuperating  from that I am faces with suddenly being on my own  after 30 years of marriage,  several months later I am laid off from  work, I am then  out of work for little over a month  before the Lord gives me my next job assignment. During all this the Lord is so very evident to me.  He guides me daily, speaks to me often and provides for me throughout this entire intense time. Even now my life is still very much in lots of transition.    As I look back, I realized that any one of these things could have taken me out and in fact they were designed to!  They were designed to take me out physically, emotionally and spiritually but didn’t!  The Lord used all of these to train my hands to war and build an endurance in me that keeps me stable and steady in Him.

 It is only through keeping our heart set on Jesus we will have an ability to use the gift of endurance that enables us to persevere, gain ground and overcome!

 Jesus rewards Over Comers!!  Rev.3:10-12, Rev. 21: 7-8.

Each has been given this gift to endure and preserve and we each have a story to tell as to how this gift has kept and strengthened you.   Continue to cultivate that precious gif!  When everything is hanging in the balance..Your health is on the line, those closest to you abandon you, you lose finances, jobs and life gets really overwhelming…it is Jesus and His gift of endurance that will keep and carry you.

  The life of the believer is very similar to that of a soldier.  These are some of the ways this is true:

  •  You must realize that you are called to fight.
  • You must cultivate a spirit to endure in order to walk in victory and truly be a Overcomer.
  • You must be willing to fight alone, if necessary, knowing that you are never alone because Jesus is always with you. Walk with all who will walk in Jesus (including family members) but be willing to walk alone.
  • Know that retreat is not an option!  Retreating means giving up ground that has already been fought & sacrificed for therefore is not to be given up easily. Retreating in any area is the path to defeat.
  • Know that we are fighting for much more than the immediate. – “the elect” = those in our families, friends we have prayed for and ministered to as well as generations to come. We are building something in the spirit..the enemy wants to destroy it but can’t do that without our help.
  • Stay focused on the assignment/task put before you.
  • Follow the leadership of the commander in Chief – Jesus – Heb 12:1-2
  • Do things that keep you “gritty” (tough) and sharp.  In the “Mode”. (Examples: Watch warrior movies, read biographies from strong, righteous people who stood when it costs them everything to do so..(Dietrich Bonhoeffer).  Those that stood when it was not easy to stand.)
  • Think like a warrior!!! 

Venetia Carpenter

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