Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-4,

The Christian life involves sacrifice and hard work. Living within the will of God requires the born-again believer to give up any and everything that endangers God’s reputation. We must patiently persevere as we struggle against sin. We are to live an effective Christ-like life by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We are called to persevere while keeping our eyes on Jesus (Heb.12:2).

A runner in any race may lose ground or stumble when he looks away. As Christians, if we look at ourselves, others, our situations or circumstances that press down on us; we can become mentally, physically, or spiritually weakened. We must remember why we are running and who we are running for.  We must keep our eyes and mind on Jesus, remembering we are not running for ourselves.

When hardships or discouragements come upon us, it's easy to lose sight of our purpose. We must remember we are not alone. There is much help, many have gone before us as witnesses and already crossed the finish line. Most importantly, the Holy Spirit is with us, behind us, before us, and in us preparing the way. Many others made it over through suffering and enduring far greater hardships. They were encouraged to persevere. We may have not shed blood for the faith as many of them did, but we must continue to persevere. We must persevere just as Christ did. He never gave up.

Challenges and suffering develop character and patience. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, remain instant in prayer (Rom.12:12). Persevere that you will receive the victory! .All thanks be unto our Lord who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Think on these things....  God Bless you! 

Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).

— Sister Catherine Raphael