Remember and Persevere

Hebrews 10:32-39 (New International Version)

 32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while,
   “He who is coming will come and will not delay.
    38But my righteous one[a] will live by faith.
   And if he shrinks back,
      I will not be pleased with him.”[b] 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.Today as I read this, I was struck by its truth.  I thought back on how I had fallen away and become a single mom.  With it came many judgemental glares and comments, much suffering and I ultimately learned surrender at the feet of Jesus.  I have been in and out of the workforce, even with years of experience and education behind me; yet I know it is all working for the larger purposes God has for my life.  I now sit in seminary everyday, and am blessed to learn at the feet of Jesus as I surrender at his feet daily.  Verse 38 above says “But my righteous ones will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”   Having a very strong spiritual gift of faith, this verse speaks volumes to me.  Striving to live by the Spirit of God in every area of my life, I have longed to not let my God down.  Yes, I still sin, and always will, but I desire Holiness, I desire purity in every way, and I desire to live for God alone.  I may not have much, and I am grateful for everything that God has given and taken away.  It has made me rely on him completely in every area of my life, and to trust that he alone will meet every need.  As a single mom, I feel like a walking testimony to so many of his gifts!  Yet, I am constantly striving to keep a check on my humility in it all, because I know that my pride will try and creep in if I am not careful.  So I guess in all of this, what I want to say, is know that as Christians we are going to suffer hardships.  Jesus did, and so will we.  But, we can live in  victory!   Life will be hard, and challenging at times, but he has come to break the yolks of our bondage, he has come to set us free of our fears, he has ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us supernatural power to live a God-centered, Holy life.  We can live in the fullness of Christ, even in  the storms of life.  We must remember to have childlike faith and trust, and walk in obedience and surrender to Him alone.  I know it’s easier said than done, but remember we’re all on a journey, and no one “arrives” until we get home to heaven.  Let us not shrink back! Let us press on in faith, because He paid it all at the cross. Amen!  

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