I am speaking today at the Toledo Campus, on one of the most critical and important subjects for the believer. the route for the Christian that leads to maturity is paved with life’s trials and troubles, that we must encounter with great perseverance. I am speaking from Romans 5.1-5. Here are a couple of the verses. “More than that we rejoice in our sufferings, know that suffering produces endurance (perseverance), and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” ESV
So are you suffering in life? Many are. Through it Christ is going to give you the endurance or perseverance you need to come out with character and a greater faith and hope in Christ than ever for you will grow closer to Jesus, as you cling to Him through the storm. The Greek word for perseverance is “Hupomone” which means “the capacity to hold out or bear up in the face of difficulty.” I think of Matthew 7 where Jesus said we had to have our life on the foundation of the rock to withstand the storms and not the sand. I think of people who have walked away from Christ when storms come and they say if God would have loved them this would not have happened. Jesus never promised that our life would not be difficult, stormy, even at times painful. But he did promise us that he would give us perseverance, His presence, and His power to hold up and out in the face of hard times.
When life, the devil, or others throw everything they have at you. Stand, endure, and persevere! Keep you eyes and life on and close to Jesus and you are going to make it with a greater depth and maturity than you ever though possible (Hebrews 12.1-2). Never give up, never quit, never buckle, because hope in Christ is never disappoint you, but lead you to victory. The peaceful skies away from the storm are coming!!