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Re: Why is endurance important?
« on: February 15, 2020, 09:31:53 am »
Here are my study notes fom this week...Endurance is a huge part of our fellowship with Christ. We are to endure. One of the promises of scripture is that in this life, in this world, we will have trouble. (John 16:33) With that being one of the promises of God, it is understandable that we are commanded and equipped to endure. We will face hardships because of the worldís hatred for us. A world that first hated God and thus hates us for the God that they see in us. But this promise of enduring through hardship also carries a promise of deliverance if we endure. (Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13; Hebrews 10:32) God doesnít just command us to endure, but He endures with us and our stubborn pride. His endurance is to show His patience and Love. (Romans 9:21-23) Even His righteousness endures forever, (II Corinthians 9:9) his very word endures forever. (I Peter 1:25)

In fact, endurance is the very mark of real Love. (I Corinthians 13:7) We need to endure through persecution, (I Corinthians 13:7; II Thessalonians 1:4) all the trials in this life, (I Corinthians 9:12) Our endurance is to bring others to Christ. It is a testimony to the Love, power, and mercy of the Living God. (II Timothy 2:10) Endurance fulfills our ministry here on earth. (II Timothy 4:5) Christ is our example of one who suffered and endured and if we keep our eyes on Him it will strengthen us to endure our own sufferings. (Hebrews 12:2-3) It also helps to endure if we see our suffering as Godís Love through discipline. (Hebrews 12:7)

When we endure, we are promised a reign with Christ. (II Timothy 2:12) We will be rescued from our suffering in His time and to His purpose. Our rescue may not be from the suffering but from the worldly goals and purposes for that suffering as we will soon see, (II Timothy 3:11) It is the one that endures that is blessed and known to be blessed. (James 1:12; James 5:11) Endurance brings favor from the Living God even if the suffering whether the suffering is just or unjust. (I Peter 2:19-20) Endurance will also protect us from the testing that is yet to come. (Revelation 3:10)

This life, this salvation that we are living in, is equated to a race in Hebrews 12:1 a race that we are to run with endurance. Romans 5:3 gives us another example of the purpose and joy of endurance when it tells us that afflictions produce endurance and endurance leads to proven character and proven character leads us to hope, a hope that does not disappoint because Godís Love is poured out in our hearts which gives us the Holy Spirit and all the wonderful things the Holy Spirit does in the life of the believer. Even all of scripture was given to us so that we could have hope, endurance, and encouragement in our walk with God. (Romans 15:1-6) When we endure the suffering that is before us, we are uniquely equipped to comfort others just as Christ is uniquely equipped to comfort us. (II Corinthians 1:3-11) Colossians 1:9-14 talks about the importance of praying for one another to have both endurance and patience with joy and thanksgiving. Our endurance is an endurance of hope. (I Thessalonians 1:2-10) An endurance that is in the power of the Living God. It is an endurance that is directed by the Living God. (II Thessalonians 3:1-5) I Timothy 6:11-16 tells us to pursue endurance along with our pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, Love, and gentleness. This endurance is an equipping by God to the life and tasks He has created for us. (II Timothy 3:10-17) We are to endure because of our understanding that we have a better and enduring possession in the Lord and our inheritance as His children. (Hebrews 10:26-39) We can run with endurance because we have put off the sins that weigh us down, because we keep our eyes on Christ and His endurance inspires us. (Hebrews 12:1-2) We are to take joy in the suffering that brings about endurance since the testing of our faith produces endurance and that endurance is meant to complete its work so that we are mature and complete in Christ, lacking nothing from the Lord. (James 1:2-18) Endurance also reveals the compassion and mercy of our Lord and God. (James 5:11) II Peter 1:3-15 tells us that faith needs to be accompanied by goodness, we build on goodness with knowledge, to knowledge self control. Self control is to be accompanied by endurance which is used to build goliness which adds brotherly affection and grows into Love. One growing upon the other. Our endurance is known and in the Lord Jesus Christ, full of hope, compassion and mercy. (Revelation 1:9)

II Corinthians 11:16-33 gives us a picture of some of the sufferings that Paul endured to spread the gospel but if you notice, what he most boasted of was not his endurance but his weakness. It was in his weakness that God made him strong. (II Corinthians 12:9-11) It is not our strength that allows us to endure all manner of suffering but instead, it is the power of God in us. None of the things we are about to look into came about because of manís strength, but rather it was possible because of manís weakness and Godís strength in man. The greater things than those that Christ did while on this earth. (John 14:12-14)

In light of all the scriptures that talk about enduring and this doesn't even include all that use the word persevere, it seems to me that endurance is indeed part of our spiritual journey

 

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