• Doc Pardon

Those Who Endure to the End

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

To make a diamond, it takes an immense amount of pressure for a long time. Once the process is over, it leaves one of the most precious and priceless gems. Look at the oyster, and how, due to irritation, it produces a pearl. There is joy to be found in testing. The joy that we are being conformed to our Lord Jesus Christ; and the Word tells us in Romans 5:3-5 (AMPC) 'Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.' I used to get so angry when something went wrong, but if it was taken care of immediately, then why would I need faith? Faith is not believing God can do it, but knows that He will. Faith is trusting in, relying on, and adhering to God and His Word. Matthew 10:22 says 'And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.' But rejoice, because God is with us! The battle is the Lord's, but the victory is ours! Romans 8:37 (TPT) says 'Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and His demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!' Glory to God! The love of Jesus is our glorious victory over everything! God said in Isaiah 41:10 (AMPC) 'Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you: yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.' We serve such an awesome God! He will give you the strength to face anything, and He already knows the future; in fact, so do we. Praise the Lord!

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