Mark Affleck


July 16, 2016
Spiritual Growth

Endurance is persevering even when the pressure is extreme.
Endurance is the ability to withstand life’s toughest challenges.
Endurance is winning the day-to-day battles under God’s protection.
God promises us perseverance, and he assures us we will prevail. We can know with absolute certainty that we are on the right path and that God will protect us all the way—no matter what the circumstances.
“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”  Psalm 121:7-8
This promise does not mean life will be “suffering free.” Nope. In fact, God’s Word assures us we will suffer.
But he will not let us suffer more than we can bear, for “no temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God promises he is always with us, but he has never promised perfection.
God has a higher purpose for the adversity we experience in our lives. The Bible is clear that not only may the righteous suffer, but some of the righteous suffer precisely because of their righteousness. In fact, the apostle Paul writes “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12).
Embracing God’s protection promise that “the Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Ps. 121:7-8) gives us access to supernatural endurance, which helps us weather the tumultuous events in life as we stay on God’s road.
Feeling that kind of power and protection gives us the strength to move against the obstructions standing in our path.

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