April 2020 - GraceAndWorks


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Beyond the concept of PERSEVERANCE, there are biblical exhortations to PERSEVERE in the Christian life. In his letters to Timothy, the apostle Paul reminds the young pastor to “watch your life and doctrine closely. PERSEVERE in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16). Timothy’s character was that of a godly man, and his doctrine was sound and scriptural. Paul warned him to watch them both closely and PERSEVERE in them because PERSEVERANCE in godly living and believing the truth, as with us, would keep him Faithful, Steadfast, and a good influence to others.

Further exhortations to PERSEVERE in the Christian life come from James, who warns us to be “doers of the word and not hearers only” because those who hear but do not do are “deceiving themselves.” “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it [PERSEVERES]…this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-24). The teaching here is that the Christian who PERSEVERES in both godliness and the spiritual discipline will be blessed in the very act of PERSEVERING. The more we PERSEVERE in the Christian life, the more God grants His blessings upon us, thereby enabling us to continue to PERSEVERE. There is great reward is PERSEVERING in the Christian life. In keeping God’s commandments, there is “great reward” for our souls (Psalm 19:11), peace of mind and a clear conscience.

James also exhorts us to PERSEVERE “under trials” because those who do will be blessed and will receive the “crown of life” which God has promised (James 1:12). A Christian can be secure in his salvation and his faith will also PERSEVERE in affliction, sickness, persecution, and the other trials of life that come to all Christians. If we desire to live godly lives in Christ, we will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12), but the faithful will PERSEVERE, kept by the power of the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our salvation and who will keep us “strong to the end,” PERSEVERING so we will be “blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8).

We are living in a time, right now, where we need to understand what it means to PERSEVERE. We need to not lose our Faith and understanding of God’s Word, standing steadfast is all we do.

Have a good day all. SMILE God loves YOU!!