TOPIC: PATIENCE: ENDURING HARDNESS WITH HOPE
Opening Text: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3).
Patience is one of those virtues the Bible admonishes us to add to our faith: "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness" (2 Peter 1:5-6). When you study some of the translations of the Bible, you’ll find different words translated as patience. However, the best synonym that describes patience in the verse above is "endurance"; the ability to endure hardship with hope. This means you’re able to face any opposition and remain undaunted, knowing that there’s only one outcome: victory for you!
Proverbs 24:10 admonishes us against giving up or giving in, in the day of adversity; rather, we’re to keep our heads high up, declaring, "In all these things, we’re more than conquerors." Maybe you’re at the beginning stages of developing your faith, and things may be looking tough and very challenging, have confidence in the Word. Be patient and give the Word time to work in your life and in your circumstances. Endure. Stick fast to what you believe! That situation is for your testimony!
There’re people who don’t know how to stick with what they believe. For example, once they’re criticized for their faith, they tend to be discouraged; that’s wrong! Endure such criticisms, for they’re designed for your promotion. Don’t hide your Bible just because someone made fun of you at work. Don’t stop winning souls. Learn to endure hardship with hope.
Patience without hope is useless. Be hopeful of a better and brighter day ahead; therefore, being a victor in Christ Jesus, you create that picture in your mind—a picture of victory.
Dear Father, I thank you for the extraordinary life you’ve given me in Christ Jesus—a life of excellence, dominion and power! No contrary wind is fierce enough to shift my gaze and faith off your Word, for I know that I’m destined to reign, win and excel, irrespective, and independent, of negative circumstances, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y:Galatians 5:22 NIV; Hebrews 10:35-36