Friday, 23 July 2010

ENDURANCE: A NECESSARY QUALITY



I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
 But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” 


In today's economic and social climate we are surrounded by great opposition to progress at work, home and at play.  It is a challenge now to keep our living on the straight path, and to keep our minds, sight and focus on God and His promises.  
We have might have commenced this year on a high note, with prayer and fasting and thinking "it is Month 7  and asking the questions such as "where is my testimony"? "Where are the manifestations of progress God promised?"  " I prayed and screamed Amen on the top of my lungs?" How come everyone has a testimony except me"? 

However, we must remember that our God is a faithful God.  He assures of His faithfulness in Deuteronomy 7:9 and it reads "Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands".   He will do that which he has promised to do, but He needs our participation in bringing it to manifestation.

The question is NOT 'what can God do', BUT 'what we believe and are we doing that which He has asked us to do'.
The period between said prayers and manifested answers is called 'WAITING'.  This waiting period is not a passive position, it is an active one. Whilst we wait, we wait by 'DOING' that which God has laid on our hearts to do.   We must make a heartful decision and declaration to do what God says to do like the Psalmist David in Psalm 119:8, which reads "I'm going to do what you tell me to do...".

Willingness and obedience, mixed with expectation is the bridge of delivery to God's promises.
  

Man prays', God says, Man does with joy, gladness and expectation, and God blesses


But the waiting period is too long most of us cry. The waiting period is different from person to person, but most of times our willingness and obedience will determine if we wait a day, a week, a month a year or a lifetime for that which we seek - according to God's will for our lives.

However long our waiting period is, one thing we must develop is the nature and spirit of ENDURANCE
Endurance is defined as: The state or fact of persevering: For example, "through hard work and endurance, we will complete our life's work"

In the book of Ezra (please read Ezra 4: 1-24 for Completion) we read a harassed people of Israel who faced opposition in doing what God had commissioned them to do do, which was the rebuilding of the temple that was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar decades earlier.  They faced opposition from their adversaries, who even tried to get the then king of Persia to stop them.  However, God's people, endured and successfully completed the rebuilding of the temple. 

Sometimes, we might be doing all we know how to do and find ourselves still waiting.  God is a good God and He will not willingly withhold any good thing from us. This means we must make sure we are in tune and aligned with what God is doing at that time.  It could be for various reasons such as developing a good character in us, ready for the blessing, so that it will not crush us.  It could be that God's timing for that thing is not here yet and such.  However, the key to this period of waiting is to be in tune with God, ask Him what He is doing and for an understanding of the time and the season of waiting that you might find yourself in.  When we do, His Spirit will guide, teach and comfort us.

As with when we face trails in life, in our waiting periods, God Has promised not to abandon us as He declares in Hebrews 13: 5, which reads "...“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  Remember God honours His word above His name - Psalm 138:2.


I can hear you say, I hear all you are saying Remi, but it's still difficult, what and how do I develop endurance whilst actively waiting on God?   I am glad you asked. Here are a few things we can do:

1.  Encourage others to be encouraged:  It is easy to get caught up in our own problems, the house, the kids, the bills, the job, the investments and so on. But we are relational beings  - I wrote about this HERE and we are called to help one another.  In the time of waiting, it is paramount that we rise above our own needs and encourage others so that we too can be encouraged.  We can also get encouragement from the bible, Hebrews 12:1 talks about the "cloud of witnesses" in the hall of faith. If they went through all they did and came out strong and victorious, so can we.

2.  Get rid of Hindrances:  A hindrance is something that stops, that prevents or disallows one to do something.  In Hebrews 12:1 we are encouraged to get rid of sin that easily traps and hinders us.  When we expose and entrust ourselves to God, He will help us identify the things that are causing hindrances in our lives, that is or could slow us down.  It is our job to work with the Holy Spirit to rid ourselves of them. 

3. Run the race:  We are encouraged in Hebrews 12:2 to run the race of endurance set before us. Not the one set before our aunt, or uncle, or pastor or brother or sister, but we as individuals. Yes, we will run alongside all these people, but each of us has a specific race that God wants us to run and win. Quitting when the going gets tough is NOT an option.  God's strength is always available when we feel tired. 

4.  Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ: Ah this sometimes is the difficult one, especially, when we are slapped from all angles with all sorts of crises.  However, Hebrews 12:2, encourages us to "keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith".  Author is defined as 'the maker of anything; creator; originator'.  Finisher is defined as 'to complete and perfect in detail'. The word finisher also means 'to perfect'.  When we keep our focus on Jesus, He will help us perfectly complete and win the race He has set before us.  

I encourage you (point to myself too), that whilst you are 'actively waiting' on the manifestation of God's promise, to be willing and obedient in doing that which He has told you - not your aunt, or cousin or pastor or your brother, but YOU -  to do, and in the TIME to do it.  Time is very important in God's agenda for our lives Ephesians 5:16 reminds us  that we must make use our time wisely, it reads "Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil"

Regardless the opposition, the struggle keep on pushing forward in God's strength and with the help of the Holy Spirit , build up supernatural endurance to do all that God's say you should do, in the time He says you should do it and perfectly completing your race.
In no time, your willingness, obedience and endurance will pay off, and the testimonies that will manifest, will go on to make God famous along your way.

Much love, Remi
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11 Comments:

Rainyjoy said...

God is beautiful in every situations and all i want to do in this time of waiting is love Him for who He is and not just what He does/gives. He is God all by Himself and with or without man, God will still be God.

thanks for sharing, i pray that i would focus on Him and not let my little problems(i call them little because my God is bigger than any hardship i go through)to distract me from giving my God the praise He is due and may i find grace to enjoy this waiting period,lol !

God bless you for sharing. i hope you are well.
enjoy the weekend and may His strength be made perfect in your weakness.

David C Brown said...

"tribulation works endurance; and endurance, experience; and experience, hope; and hope does not make ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit", Romans 5: 3,4.

It is all to work what is for God in us.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Mz.T said...

I love this post! Thank you so much for the encouragement.

LE DYNAMIQUE PROFESSEUR said...

Great lesson Remi. The part I love most is 'Keeping our eyes on Jesus'. Its like keeping one's eye on the goal - the finishing line. You will most certainly make it to the end.

And the bible talks about that art like this, "looking unto Jesus, the author (starter) and finisher (the completer) of our faith. Recall, God does not start things without completing them.

Indeed, if we must learn endurance, our eyes MUST be fixed on the author and the finisher of our faith.

You are a blessing Remi. Bless your heart.

- LDP

Debbie said...

He that endures to the end the same shall be save. Only endurance produces salvation from this scription. really in our get quick world it is not a word commonly used, but thank God for the Holy Spirit who equips us with the spirit of perseverance.
thanks for sharing another powerful piece. we should meet up soon.

One3snapshot! said...

It's amazing how God works, this past Sunday my pastor preached in a similar vein to this post. A portion of what he talked about was: for Jehoshaphat and his army to get the victory, they had to follow through with the plan God had laid out. And he said that some of us have been asking God where is the victory that has been promised, meanwhile we haven't sough God's face concerning what steps he wants us to take in that area, or not executed the plans he has laid out for us, or not dealt with certain areas of our lives.
And you wrote the exact same thing!

Rita said...

I have so missed your teachings :-)

Remi, there was one verse of scripture i told you i liked, from Isaiah, and it has to do with a promise concerning marriage. Do you remember it? Please can you share with me?

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@rainjoy, Amen. God is totally awesome. How are you doing girl.
been missing in action.. doing some work on my blogs which is taking som time.. changing it all to wordprss and adding some new features in there.. watch this space...

@David C Brown - yes it does. yes it does. oh well done for your magazine that is awesome, how can I subscribe to it. I have been busy and have not been blogging a lot as well as I am making some foundational changes to the blogs... soon to come be revealed. I hope you are doing well fine sir.

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@rainjoy, Amen. God is totally awesome. How are you doing girl.
been missing in action.. doing some work on my blogs which is taking som time.. changing it all to wordprss and adding some new features in there.. watch this space...

@David C Brown - yes it does. yes it does. oh well done for your magazine that is awesome, how can I subscribe to it. I have been busy and have not been blogging a lot as well as I am making some foundational changes to the blogs... soon to come be revealed. I hope you are doing well fine sir.

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@ Mz.T - thank you .. :-)

@ LE DYNAMIQUE PROFESSEUR - thank you so much. Yes the key is to keep our eyes on Him, however, sometimes that is difficult when we go through trials... but with practice, patience and submission to the Holy Spirit, we will be able... I too am learning to do this... God will help us. Amen

@ Debbie - thanks luv.. was good to see you oh... I want that hair! lol.. yes we meet up soon... lots to talk about... :-) x

@ One3snapshot - you know what I have come to realise, when God wants us to learn something specific, wherever we go or turn that message will keep repeating itself until we hear, see, believe and do something about it! lol... God is good.. :-)

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

"Get rid of hindrances"

ah, this is a confirmation that I appreciate.

Hope all is well Remi?