ENDURANCE AND FAITH

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“But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails”
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 TPT

Patience and endurance are part of the curriculum of faith, they work together. If you have not learned this, then you have not actually learned faith.

To have faith does not mean that you will not go through trials and tribulations. To have faith is to be assured that no matter what you go through, you will overcome. You’ll agree with me that there is no life that is void of challenges but Jesus assures us that He has overcome the world.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 NLT

Challenges should not be a surprise to you, because this already prepares you. In fact, you should anticipate them.

There are three ways through which God delivers His children. The first is by averting it either by prophetic gift or wisdom. (Acts 16:6-7)
Secondly, He allows us to go through the fire and they’re not burned. (Daniel 3
The third one, which I want to focus on is that He allows us to go through the trouble, feel the pressure and become stronger by it. (Acts 8:1,4, 14:19
-20)

If your perspective of faith does not accommodate bad situations, you will not see what God is doing when He chooses to deliver you via the third way. Hence, why the subject of endurance and patience is important.

Sometimes, God allows these things so that you can learn from them and become stronger and better. It’s not as if God has forsaken you, He is right there in the situation with you.

Joseph and David had the same destiny: both of them were to become rulers of nations, but their process was not the same. It looked like David’s journey was smoother than Joseph’s. Joseph had to become a slave and become a prisoner before fulfilling his destiny.

Joseph’s endurance and patience through the trial is a lesson you have to learn. The process did not in any way deter God’s eventual plan for his future, in fact, it facilitated the plan.

The challenges you are going through right now may be part of God’s strategy for you to get to your desired destination. Rather than murmur, choose to endure. Patience is the fruit of your born again spirit. (Galatians 5:22)

Be like Christ who endured the hardship on the cross. Be patient in tribulation. Beloved, you can not and you should not give up now. (Hebrews 12:1-4)

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 12:1-21, Acts 17:1-15, Psalms 27, Exodus 10-12

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