Faith In God
Last Sunday we heard a great sermon from Dennis on the Faithful Church, the church in Philadelphia, out of Revelation 3. It was a really encouraging word to persevere, knowing that Jesus is the only way and that if He opens the door, no man can shut it.
To persevere means to ‘continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty.’ Anyone reading this facing any difficulties? My encouragement to you is to remain faithful, stay strong, and continue on with your journey in the face of difficulty.
Faith plays a huge part in helping us to persevere. If I didn’t have faith in God, the one who gives me hope and a future, I’m not sure how I would be able to continue in the face of the difficulties and the things life throws at me. I am confident you could say the same.
In Hebrew 11:6, it says that without faith it is impossible to please God.
It’s tempting to think of faith as a kind of magic formula. If you muster up enough of it, you’ll get rich, stay healthy, and live a contented life with automatic answers to all your prayers. But life does not work according to such neat formulas.
In describing faith, the author of Hebrews uses the word endured, or persevered, in verse 27. As a result of their faith, some heroes triumphed: they routed armies, escaped the sword, survived the den of lions. But others met less happy ends: they were flogged, stoned, cut in half. The chapter concludes, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised” (v. 39).
The picture of faith that emerges in chapter 11, the faith chapter, does not fit into an easy formula. Sometimes it leads to victory and triumph. Sometimes it requires a gritty determination to “hang on at any cost.”
What our faith rests on is the belief that God is in ultimate control and will indeed keep His promises—whether that happens in this life or the next. Hang in there, persevere, and keep the faith!
Our prayer: Lord, please give me a faith that trusts You wholeheartedly and sets my heart to persevere to the end.