~ ICE-BREAKER ~
(Wife & I recently replaced micro-wave we bought in 1986.)
What do YOU still have & use that has endured the longest?
~ TOPIC: 'ENDURE'
2 Timothy 4:5
But watch thou in all things, ENDURE afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
But he that shall ENDURE unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall ENDURE unto the end, the same shall be saved.
RACE not to swift...
Like Tri-atholon: Endurance race.. Finish by midnight..
2 Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore ENDURE hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Pro 24:16 - Righteous falls 7 x
Just 'get up' again.
Failure is not Final... - failing to get up is!!
2 Timothy 2:3-6
3 Thou therefore ENDURE hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth ENTANGLETH himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive LAWFULLY.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be FIRST partaker of the fruits.
If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to ENDURE, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
Share ministry burden...
Witness trees have seen many others come & go.. They've ENDURED.
His SEED also will I make to ENDURE for ever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.
+Bamboo SEED can lay dormant 5yrs; suddenly grows, becomes fastest growing!!
And have no root in themselves, and so ENDURE but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not ENDURE sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Thessalonians 1:3-5
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the CHURCHES of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye ENDURE:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
No life experience is wasted, all by Divine design. God strategically prepares you to be equipped for the bigger battles ahead.
BALANCE - key to endurance
Physical, Spiritual, Emotional
Temperaments - balance is goal..
More important than SPEED, POSITION = DIRECTION.
How sleep? Like baby, wake up every few hours & cry..
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life:
weeping may ENDURE for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
"stewards" - not smartest, luckiest, richest -- most FAITHFUL
+ witness trees endure storm, disease, battles
ONE Secret to 'Enduring' is to BELIEVE that your SETBACKS are God's SETUPS
Can only tell real gold from fools gold by fire test..
Last 2 mentions of ENDURE in scrip:
Behold, we count them happy which ENDURE. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
1 Peter 2:19-21
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God ENDURE grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an EXAMPLE, that ye should follow his steps:
We're all facing same things, just different forms at different times.
Question is will I be EXAMPLE or EXCUSE?
1) What have you ENDURED in the past?
2) What was the key for you OVERCOMING that hardship?
3) What are you ENDURING now?
4) How will you help someone else ENDURE a hardship they are going thru?
One for another...
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