Endurance-The fact or power of enduring; bearing pain or hardships The strength or ability to continue or last especially despite fatigue, stress, or adverse conditions
The truth is that life can be hard. The situation got sticky the moment that Adam sinned and life has been full of trials ever since.
Bad things happen to good people, hurt people hurt other people, even good people do stupid things, and if you're just so lucky that people aren't hurting you then we know there's an enemy that will throw some things your way too.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
I can't tell you how many people I've talked to over the past week who are going through trials. With every one, I've done all I know to do and that is to give the Word and to pray. There are often situations in life that we just can't fix on our own, but we can fix what we focus on. We can't change how someone else is acting, but we can change our attitude. We can choose to focus on the trial or focus on the Word.
I gave this scripture just yesterday to someone I was talking to. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:2,3)
Don't focus on your problem I exclaimed, look to Jesus. Don't get discouraged about your situation, consider Jesus who was persecuted, rejected, and endured pain unfathomable. Look to Jesus, so that you will not faint....
It's amazing how the enemy works. Because after all of that reminding myself and others I started to do something stupid. I started to think. I began to think about a few situations and as I began to think I began to get discouraged. I say it all the time that we need to THNK about our THOUGHTS. Take captive those thoughts that don't line up with the Word and put them into obedience with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. However, I was not doing a good job of that and today as I was driving to morning prayer I asked God, "LORD HOW LONG WILL I PRAY ABOUT THIS UNTIL YOU ANSWER, HOW LONG UNTIL THIS PASSES?"
What He said took me off guard and shut me up real quick.... He said, "Don't do this"
Any of you that have been around young children have seen when the child is about to start crying FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON and the parent just looks and says one word, "No". They say it with such authority and seriousness that the child stops immediately. You could liken this situation to that.
As I got to work, I remembered the advice I've been giving over and over and over, and I went to go look at Hebrews 12 one more time and I noticed something different this time. "lest ye be wearied and faint IN YOUR MINDS"
Discouragement and weariness is often a battle of the MIND.
The truth is we don't wrestle with flesh and blood, but rather with powers and principalities not of this world.
We have natural problems that need spiritual answers.
Deciding to fix things in and of ourselves will never "fix" things. It is only when we focus on Jesus, keep our minds right, and listen to the Holy Spirit that we'll have the strength to ENDURE. And it is only when we endure that we'll see our circumstances change.
As my Daddy God said "Don't do this", I immediately knew He meant the direction of my thinking. He was saying "Jessika my Daughter, don't think about the problem, don't begin to get discouraged, don't forget who I am". You see as I begin to focus on problems, I begin to be discouraged, and as I get discouraged I begin to forget the character of God. I can lose focus of the fact that though He said there would be trials, He also said He'd always be with me. I can forget that He said the reward is worth suffering for. I can even forget how badly Jesus suffered for me and that what I'm going through is nothing compared to what He went through.
When life gets tough that's the perfect time to immerse yourself in the Word. Remind yourself of who God is, run to Him and listen for His voice and His answers, be led by the Holy Spirit, see what God says about trials and pain, remind yourself of the love, mercy, and grace of God, begin to speak aloud the things we have to be thankful for. Do everything possible to take your eyes off the problems and trials.
In life there will always be plenty of trials and persecution. Today I plead with you to fix your eyes on Jesus and ENDURE.
Be Blessed, J. Tate