Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Value of Endurance

The testing of your faith produces endurance. 
Let endurance finish its work 
so that you may be mature and complete, 
not lacking anything. 
James 1:3-4

Taken in the right spirit these very things [trials, testings] 
will give us patient endurance; 
this in turn will develop a mature character... 
Romans 5:3

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. 
Remember the great reward it brings you! 
Patient endurance is what you need now, 
so that you will continue to do God’s will. 
Then you will receive all that He has promised
Hebrews 10:35-36

God puts a high value on endurance.
Patient, confident, faith-filled endurance.
It produces maturity and character.
God alone knows the amount of character we need
to receive each one of His promises.
I believe that the Lord is wanting to show His favor
in His people like never before.
But it seems He is requiring endurance.
The Latin root of endurance is "dura;" it means hard.
He can entrust the fulfillment of His promises 
to His character formed in us.
There is such value in counter-cultural endurance.
The willingness to do hard things,
and in doing so, 
receive all He has promised.
Lord, help me to pray like You want to answer NOW;
but give me patient faith-filled endurance to keep praying
until my character is ready to receive
the fullness of Your favor.
I must remember:
If You want this from me, 
then You made me for this.
You are so faithful!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this, Kathy...for all of your posts, really. :)
    --Katie Jo