Bounce Back

“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will.  Then you will receive all that He has promised.”  ~ Hebrews 10:26


I don’t know much about physical fitness.  I could possible use a trainer.  But what I have learned is that when you lift heavier weights for shorter periods of time, you build strength.  And when you use lighter weights with many repetitions, you build endurance.


There are times in life when we can manage a time of heaviness.  We can do it now and then.  We carry the major problem once or twice and it’s done with.  Whew, aren’t we are glad when it is over. 


The difficult things in life are those persistent problems:  the ones that never seem to go away.  It seems we all have them.  I believe God wants us to operate with resilience and endurance.  The writer of Hebrews said, we need patient endurance, so that we will continue to do God’s will and receive all that He has promised.”  God wants us to be strong men and women of faith and fortitude.  Someone once said, You need endurance because the Christian life is so daily.  It requires of us a sustained determination.  We cannot give up in the midst of stress.  The Christian life is not a 100-yard dash.  It is a marathon!  When you get up in the morning the Christian life is starring right back at you in the mirror.  It’s an unrelenting pursuit of doing God’s will, doing good!  So you need patient endurance; the capacity to persevere under duress.


How do you persevere?  You embrace the adversity, knowing all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).  You call on the champions of faith (Hebrews 12:1).  There is a great cloud of witnesses encouraging you forward.  Get rid of anything that is holding you back (Hebrews 12:2).


Don’t just sit back and watch your life go by passively and unengaged.  Experience the grit of putting one foot in front of the other, holding fast to that purposeful goal God has put in front of you and go for it.  To be gritty with endurance means that you will fall down seven times but you will get back up.  “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again”  (Proverbs 24:16).   Someone has said, ‘it’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.”  Nishan Panwar said, “People who fall the hardest, bounce back the highest.”  So what you need God has:  Bounce back power; the power to endure!  There’s a prize to be won!


~Pastor Greg

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