Mark Affleck

“Breaking Point Faith” Has Consumed My COVID-19 CAVE

April 16, 2020
Spiritual Growth

The CoronaVirus nightmare is draining personal ENDURANCE TANKS across the planet. Many people are running on empty and shivering in fright as they search frantically for a HOPE STATION to refill their endurance tank.

Why not go straight to the endurance pump? Why do we have to get our endurance from the HOPE STATION?
Two reasons” 1) Hope PRODUCES endurance; and 2) Endurance is the RESULT of hope.
That is the foundation behind our ability to endure in Christ—even in the middle of a global pandemic.
But I do understand how difficult it is to remain connected to Christ while waiting for the world to “re-open.” All of us want to kick the pandemic interloper out of our quarantined confines and allow our “real life” to return home for dinner.
Those are NORMAL feelings for ALL BELIEVERS!
But we must beat them back and ask God to fill our ENDURANCE TANK.
Endurance comes to us as gift of the new covenant sealed by the blood of Jesus for those who look to him and look away from themselves in surrendered obedience to God.
Doing this regularly, especially in times with a COVID-19-sized challenge, keeps a rhythmic cadence in our connection with Christ that continually renews our hope that we can and will endure.
We will endure to the end because God is sovereign and that keeps us away from trusting OURSELVES and thinking we can be the king of our life. We CANNOT. They wat was bought by Christ on Calvary.
We are called to ENDURE and that means we must be HOPEFUL. And the only way to be HOPEFUL is to blow up our sense of being in control and, instead, trust God. 
I ask God to help me stay connected to him every day in my COVID-19 CAVE so I will drop me to my knees in surrendered obedience and remain hopeful in this test.
Are you holding onto hope in Christ and calling on God to help you endure on this COVID-19 TEST?
“But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13

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