- Day 48 -
Patient Endurance: Let Us Not Lose Heart in Doing Good
Hebrews 12:1, Galatians 6:9
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses (those who have gone before us and those who endured victoriously to the end) surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on YAHshua (Jesus), the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of YAHveh (God). For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians 6:9-10). As Apostle Paul taught us, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Messiah YAHshua my Master (Lord), for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Messiah, … that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead…I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Messiah…I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward [heavenly] call of YAHveh (God) in Messiah YAHshua.” (Philippians 3:7-8, 10-12,14)
As YAHshua (Jesus), for the joy set before Him endured the crucifixion stake, let us endure the process of our flesh being crucified to the world because of the joy set before us knowing, “…no eye has seen… no ear has heard and … no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV). Let all of our hopes be transferred from this dying world as we know it and be invested in His righteous kingdom that has been prepared for those who have loved and followed Him by daily dying to their flesh to live obediently by the grace and power of His Spirit in faith. May we set our hearts desires and longings on the blessed appearance of our King and Savior!
This quote of Charles Spurgen was taken from Morning and Evening:
“…Apostle Paul not only believed in Christ’s death, and trusted in it, but he actually felt its power in himself in causing the crucifixion of his old corrupt nature. When he saw the pleasures of sin, he said, “I cannot enjoy these: I am dead to them.” Such is the experience of every true Christian. Having received Christ, he is to this world as one who is utterly dead. Yet, while conscious of death to the world, he can, at the same time, exclaim with the apostle, “Nevertheless I live.” He is fully alive unto God. The Christian’s life is a matchless riddle. No worldling can comprehend it; even the believer himself cannot understand it. Dead, yet alive! Crucified with Christ, and yet at the same time risen with Christ in newness of life! Union with the suffering, bleeding Savior, and death to the world and sin, are soul-cheering things. O for more enjoyment of them!”
Prayer: YAHshua (Jesus) please help me to run this race with endurance. Help me to wholeheartedly die to the desires of my flesh, the desires for the things of this world and to truly be crucified with You. I want to know You in Your sufferings and crucifixion that I might know You in Your resurrection power and live in Your unfathomably glorious kingdom. Thank You that the things of this world are becoming less appealing because my eyes are fixed more on You, the author and finisher of my faith. Please continually magnify and convict me of that which is a detriment to my running and fighting the good fight of faith and be found pleasing in Your sight. I acknowledge that I can do nothing apart from You, please help me to be found dead to my flesh and this world and to be alive in the Spirit to You. Thank you for Your grace, mercy, and Your love that will never fail me.