It Takes Endurance: Devotion For Monday February 25, 2013

It Takes Endurance: Devotion for Monday February 25, 2013

Text: 2 Timothy 2: 12 – If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us (New King James Version).

Endurance/perseverance is a virtue that is very essential in our Christian life. Anyone who cannot persevere cannot go through the strait road that leads to eternal life (Matthew 7: 14). James 5:11 speaks of perseverance of Job. Job suffered and endured many afflictions for the sake of righteousness. He did not give up despite all the pressures. At last God honoured Job (Job 42: 10

– 17).

Some translations have ‘if we endure’ as ‘if we suffer.’ According to People New Testament Commentary, “We die in order to live. So our suffering with Christ works out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4: 17).” Compare also Romans 8: 17 and Matthew 19: 27 and 28. 1 Peter 4:13 urges us to rejoice when we suffer for the sake of Christ


because there is a reward for us. What is that reward? It takes endurance to overcome and reign with Christ (See Revelation 3:21). Another point to note in our text is that we should not deny Christ in face of trial, persecutions and temptations. The reward is that He will also deny us before the father in heaven (Matthew 10:33, Mark 8:38, Luke 12:9 and 2 Timothy 2:12).

What are you suffering for the sake of Christ? Are people ridiculing you because you are not married despite your commitment to God? Are you being persecuted in your neighbourhood, school, office, etc because of your faith? Is your marriage under threat because of Christ? Don’t give up. Remember Matthew 16:26 and Mark 8:34 - 37

Food for Thought: You have received Christ; persevere in receiving him. You have come to trust him; keep on trusting him – Charles Spurgeon.

Prayer Points:
1. Pray for grace to endure suffering for sake of heaven
2. Pray you will not deny Christ in time of suffering
 



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  • nbillett  21-12-2016
    Jesus can work miracles with the little we have, if we bring it to him.
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