Sunday, September 1, 2013

Persistence - Don't Give Up

God's Promise - Everyone who endures to the end will be saved. Mathew 10:22
But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 23:13
Don't give up, so easy to say. Three little words. It's not as easy as it sounds. When our faith walk seems at its lowest, when the world seems to ridicule, question, and attack, don't give up.
When prayers seem to go unanswered and problems seem to get worse not better, don't give up.
When obstacles grow higher, don't give up.
Jesus spoke this sentiment and He still speaks, "the one who endures to the end will be saved." Saved from what? Every enemy, every attack, every disappointment, every challenge; every battle, burden and betrayal.

John 15:9-10 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

The key to remaining is obeying

Persistence - saying yes to God when it is and isn't easy. Show up every single day with Palms Up.

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
God is calling us to be greater with Him through His Spirit within us. He wants us to live a faith-filled life trusting and believing in Him. We are so much better than we've become because God is so much greater than we're allowing Him to be through us. God is holding the door open to a life that is greater. (Steven Furtick)

The God of Heaven, the God of the Universe believes in me. Choose Freedom & Walk Worthy. Jesus came to take and break the yoke of bondage.

Obedience is coming to terms with who God is - Sovereign and Almighty. A giver of amazing gifts. Obeying is our spiritual barometer. The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters in not intellect but obedience. Unless we obey we cannot believe.

Sometimes God is asking us to step out in faith, to trust that He will supply all our needs. I like to know before I step out what the details are and I can be stubborn. This is an area the God is working and perfecting in me. Many times I'll say yes to God "but" He is saying no more "buts" - just do it, just obey and leave all the consequences to me. I don't know about you, that's easier said than done.

This is a little pray I wrote in my journal a few weeks ago. It was the end of what started out as a good day/ With an unkind word my whole day change and I found refuge in a bag of chips. It sounds petty but for me it was a big deal because in a matter of minutes I lost my self-control. Sometimes, it's not the big things in life that can trip us up, it's the little things. God says -Don't Give Up.

Lord, I can do nothing in my own strength or energy. Please help me - keep me focused to achieve not only my goals but the plans you have for me. Lord I want to say yes to you even when times are difficult. Thank you for your unfailing, unconditional love and Your Amazing Grace!

The pathway to God's best is paved with faith!

Philippians 2:13 (NLT) For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.


#YesToGod, #StickWithIt

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