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Enduring Faith

Faith to the end
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The quote, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger,” by Friedrich Nietzsche,German philosopher, is used to encourage and exhort people to persevere in the face of the storms of life. Well, for some of us, we feel that we have developed into very strong people, through trials, hardships, and many times devastating events.
David Jeremiah has said that no one gets through this life without some pain or problems. We live in a fallen world. While it seems that some people never have problems or struggles, perhaps it is because they either hide them well or perhaps have gotten past them.
The late Adrian Rogers has shared that people are either in a storm, headed to a storm, or have just gone through a storm. For some that may be difficult to believe, but it rings with truth. The enemy (the devil) likes to make people feel isolated and alone in their problems or difficulties. I know it’s been the case with me, at times. But James writes that the struggles and trials we face are common to man. Everyone has bridges to cross, mountains to climb, valleys, and wilderness type experiences. No one is exempt.
Oftentimes people idolize celebrities and believe that their lives are without trouble and pain. Certainly people who live the lifestyles of the rich and famous don’t have problems, but it’s just not so. A quick glance at the news or magazines reveals a different story. In fact, sometimes their problems can be great and lonely which explains why some choose suicide.
In life, no one escapes some form or difficulty or another, whether relationships, financial setbacks, workplace problems, and so on. The difference in overcoming can be not only in the person’s faith, but in whom that person’s faith is in.
David was able to face the Giant with utmost confidence because he believed that as God had delivered him from a lion and bear, God was able to deliver him from the Giant. His experience had taught him that God is able. (I Samuel 17)
I know there have been times when I’ve looked back and remembered how God answered prayers or intervened in situations, and was able to plant my faith and believe that He would do it again, somehow. He is good and faithful.
James writes: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22 (KJV)
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:36 (KJV)
As we are living in some perilous and difficult times, with the unrest and volatility of the Middle East, Israel in defense of her nation, the fighting in the Gaza strip, the threat of nuclear war in our own nation, we know that we can rest, knowing that God is still in control. The prophets of old foretold the very times we now find ourselves in. We know that in the end, God will win, His promises are sure. We can place our faith completely in Him and endure in faith to the end.