Endurance

Matthew 24:12, 13 “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”

Jesus promised that the world will grow darker and more wicked the closer it gets to His return. The hearts of many will grow cold, people will betray each other, even family members betraying one another; drugs, violence, lust and hate will all increase, and God will even send a strong delusion upon the earth so that those who do not want to believe the truth can hang themselves upon the gallows of deception. It is because of these things that there will be a great falling away from the faith, before the return of the King of all Kings, Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

Now, although these will be days of great darkness, darker than anytime that has ever been, there is a powerful ray of hope that shines forth from the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ, “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand..” (John 10:27-28). You see it was not by your power that you were born, nor by your power that you were born again. It is because of God that you were drawn to Him, it was God that intervened into your sinful life and called you.. you simply responded to His call. It was by His grace that you were saved by the faith that He gave you, and Jesus says that He is able to keep to the uttermost the life that you have entrusted to Him; no one is able to snatch you out of His hand.

With such wonderful assurance as this, we can surly have hope of enduring till the end. The key is in making sure that your heart has been given completely to your Master. For if you came to Jesus in full surrender, giving Him your life and your dreams, your heart, mind, body and soul, then when you are presented with the question, “do you also want to leave Me?” you will answer with Peter, “where else will we go Lord, You have the words of eternal life!” (John 6:68). It is to the glory of God that He leaves His children in this crooked world, so that we may endure all things, and shine as the stars of heaven, standing fast in Him and being a witness to all of His matchless power. So stand fast in His word and build your life upon the Rock who is Christ, for none can snatch you out of His hand!

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Press On!

Press On!
Philippians 3:12
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
As a Christian, you often feel like you don’t have it all together. If you truly walk with God and desire to please Him, you will find yourself continuing to see things in your life that are displeasing to you. A great preacher once said, “The more holy you become, the more unholy you realize you still are.” And that is so true, but do not be discouraged dear brother and sister, for even Paul the apostle, that great pillar of our faith, confessed that he has not yet obtained perfection, but he pressed on towards the goal, and that is what we must do beloved, press on towards Jesus.
Peter tells us that God’s divine power has given us everything that we need to live a godly life, through the knowledge of Jesus Chris who called us (2 Peter 2:3). So seek to know Him more, and do not give up. Continue to grow in your knowledge of the Most High, and draw near to Him with a humble heart. God has given every Christian the power to live for Him.
Remember this beautiful fact: that if God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, why would He not, with Jesus, also freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)? For He has already given you the most precious gift He can give, His only begotten Son, so He will not stop helping you now. No, God will finish the work that He started in you (Philippians 1:6), beloved of God, so be sure of that. His love for you is not dependent upon your ability to be perfect, but is because He chooses to love you regardless; For truly, none of us deserves His love.
So find strength in understanding God’s nature, and learn the riches that He has bestowed upon you in Christ. Know that if God is with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you, even if all others do. Learn the great and precious promises that He has given you, and stand upon them my friend; press on, and lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus laid hold of you!
With love, Jonathan Ball
http://www.goodfight.org/
http://www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground