Patient Endurance

Christians sometimes must patiently endure.  Life is not always easy.

I.  Patient Endurance: Hebrews 6:9-15

But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. 10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

God has not forgotten us.  He is aware of the faithful service that we have rendered to Him.  We need to diligently continue in hope, faith and patience.  If the fulfillment of God’s promises in our lives are delayed, we must not lose hope.  God is faithful.  We should be like Abraham and patiently endure, knowing that what God has promised, He is faithful to deliver.

II.  Do Not Cast Away:  Hebrews 10:35-39

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 “For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

The Christian journey is difficult at times.  God allows tests and trials to come our way to try our faith.  Mature Christians are not exempt.  If anything, their tests are more severe, as they should be, since their faith has had an opportunity to develop.  We must not give up.  We walk by faith, not by sight.  We patiently endure the times of testing and trial, knowing that they have an end.  God’s love and mercy, on the other hand, will never end.

III.  Run With Endurance: Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

The first thing that we should do to make our ‘race’ easier is to lay aside the sinful practices that will trip us up.  As we become aware of sin in our live, we should repent and ask God to help us change.

Secondly, we can lay aside the weights that slow us down.  There are things in our lives that do not need to be there.  We must ask for wisdom from above to know what things should remain in our lives, and what things should be set aside.

Most importantly, we should look to Jesus as our example.  He patiently endured the cross, knowing that it was God’s plan for Him and for the world.  We too, should endure hardship, as good soldiers of Christ.

If your life is going through a difficult time of testing and trial, do not lose hope.  Do not be discouraged.  God is still with you.  God has not abandoned you.  Patiently endure the times of testing, knowing that God is still with you.  He loves you and will give you the wisdom and strength that you need to face the challenges that come your way.

These are the sermon notes from 1/5/14.  You are welcome to ask questions or post comments.

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