There’s no doubt about it. Scripture says that perilous times will come. In Matthew 24, Jesus is quoted as saying that he who endures to the end will be saved. So, let’s examine what it takes to endure to the end and how you can experience Jesus’ promise to us all.
These are unsettling times. On one hand, there are epidemics like Ebola that’s becoming a global threat and the upper respiratory disease that’s attacking and killing our kids. On the other hand, terroism abounds and is a global threat. Again, the question is how do we respond when literally threatened by disease or militant terrorists? In other words, when things spiral out of our control, what do we say and do? How do we act?
Today’s world likes to think it has control over these situations, but experience shows it clearly doesn’t. Yes, science has advanced and developed safeguards and weapons against diseases, but people and kids are still dying. Government legislates standards and protocols to protect its people from terrorism and disease, and yet the people are still affected and infected.
The truth of it all is that we humans are limited in our abilities. We need to admit and own that very real fact. God is not limited in any way and can engineer situations in ways that benefit those of us who are His.
Here are some scriptures to think, pray and journal about:
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus has tasked us all with enduring to the end. He has also given us the spiritual tools we need to do so. Regardless of circumstances, let’s keep our eyes on Christ and walk with Him on those waters. He will not fail us or let us drown. We may lose our physical lives, but that which is important will remain. When we endure to the end, we will be blessed with an eternity with God. That’s what matters to me. How about you?
Let’s pray: Father God, thanks for being with us regardless of life’s circumstances and for equipping us with what we need to endure to the end. We so long to be with you for eternity and successfully complete the salvation process. We know that we cannot accomplish this on our own and that we need Your help so that we can experience the promise and fulfillment of Your word through Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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