Updated: Jun 27
How to increase your staying power
At some point in each of our lives we will stumble and fall. We can stumble because of direct sin in our lives or sometimes other people do something to us which trips us up.
But the important thing is to get back up put things right with the Lord (1 John 1:9) and then press on with His plan for our lives. We must keep short accounts with the Lord.
When we are down it is important that we do not get too comfortable there and use our present condition whether self-disgust, hurt or rejection etc. as an excuse to never to do anything again for God.
You might be thinking...‘I opened up myself to people before and all I got was stabbed in the back and rejected’!
Even Jesus was betrayed by a close associate (Judas).
Betrayal seems in some odd way to be the way of the cross and Jesus Himself certainly was not spared it!
If anyone merited not being betrayed, it was Jesus since He himself never betrayed anyone. So, if it was fit for the Master, how much more for us!
Here are some scriptures that encourage your staying power when things are difficult.
We need to read these, meditate on them, ask ourselves if we believe them and if we do, then let them lift and encourage your heart!
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
13: I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
All these promises are for God’s children, so we must believe them and let them lift our hearts and heads, knowing that Jesus will soon turn our mourning into dancing and our weeping into joy.
Remember the example of your Master.
Hebrews 12:2 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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