Patient Endurance

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     How we deal with difficult times is different for us all. We tend to fall and forget about others when we are in self need? Are we being selfish? How will we handle change?
     In today’s society so much change affects us all so suddenly it can make us lose hope. Some of us move away from Christ during hard times and use that for an excuse to blame others when we are challenged. Have we lost confidence in God? We give up on God too quickly when we are suffering, whether it’s death in a family, becoming sick, or just growing tired of being stuck in same situation.
     Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT) says, “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.” A time is in need for us to instill trust in Christ who grants his grace and mercy for us who sin daily.
     Hebrews reminds us that it’s Christ who suffered for us all when he died on the cross for our sins.  We all like rewards. Most of us are always thinking of what we can get for free. Those types of rewards and gifts we receive here are only short term; they don’t leave this earth with us! Patience is a virtue, so Christ is reminding us to be patient with the plan he has set before you and me and to remember the ultimate reward it brings.
     How do you start? By acknowledging that Christ is the head of your life and household. Begin to read a scripture, then a chapter then a couple of chapters of your word daily. Increase your prayer life. Pray for yourself and those you love and also for people you’re around (co-workers church and ministries etc.). If you expose your darkness to the light it will be shown to the world. People will see that you belong to Christ, and they’ll be willing to follow you and surrender their lives to Christ as well.
     Today take time to acknowledge Christ and renew your relationship, as well as your heart, mind, and spirit. Begin to open up to Christ and share with him all your struggles. Pray for your courage and renewed spirit and mind to do God’s will.

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