Faith, Hope & Adversity – In Need of Endurance
January 25, 2023
“I have something you can’t take from me.
I have something that endures forever.” -Pastor Chad Everett
We won’t grow and be like Jesus in easy times. We become like Jesus through adversity. Persecution is coming, and God is saying that it is time for us to be prepared, to ENDURE. What we have, what we own, what is in our bank accounts – THE BIBLE SAYS THAT ALL OF THIS IS TEMPORARY.
WE CAN NOT PUT OUR FAITH OR HOPE IN EARTHLY THINGS.
We have to put our faith AND our hope in an ENDURING possession.
MAIN SCRIPTURE REFERENCE:
But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
“For yet a little while,
and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith;
but if anyone draws back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:32-39 (NKJV)
Mark 4:13–14, Genesis 1:11–12, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 10:32–34, Ephesians 1:16–19