Recently, I’ve taken up running on a regular basis in order to improve my health. It has been a slow process. To be honest, it’s more of a run/walk than all running, but I’ve been working on building up my endurance. I’ll be running along and feel myself starting to grow tired.
One thing, though, that helps me is to set goals as I run. Tiara, just make it to that tree up there. If you can make it to that tree, then you can get to go back to walking. Then, I’ll push myself to make it to the tree. By then, I’m setting a new goal. Okay, you made it to the tree. Let’s see if you can make it to the fire hydrant or just past it. Before I know it, I’ve pushed myself past my initial goal and ran much farther than I originally thought I could go.
Jesus told His disciples, “…he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13 KJV)
In our Christian walk, we must strive to endure. Every day we are faced with challenges and hardships. We have to choose to keep the faith when so many things try to deter us.
The author of Hebrews gives us great reasons to stand strong. In Hebrews chapter 11, we are reminded of those who faced all kinds of trials and tests, yet they still chose to stand firm in faith. In Hebrews chapter 12 we are reminded of Jesus – the One who faced the greatest trial of all – as He went to the cross for our sins.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 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. (Hebrews 12:1, 2 KJV)
Jesus had an end goal in mind: the salvation of the world. He was able to endure His temporary pain in order to obtain everlasting glory.
Right now, you may feel like giving up. You may feel like getting out of this Christian race you’ve chosen to run. The problems may seem too big. The pressure may seem too tight.
But you must remember the END GOAL. God has created you for a divine purpose. He has placed you here for a specific reason. He is faithful and just to see you through. He will not leave you or forsake you. The trials you face are temporary – they have no power to break you. Don’t give up! Keep holding on to your faith! You can do all things through Christ! You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus!
Help me to continue to hold on to my faith. Strengthen me to stand strong in the face of adversity. Help me to remember that You are with me and will never forsake me. Keep me reminded that Your wonderful purpose and plan for me is going to come to pass. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stand strong in your faith. I EMPOWER you to run your race strong, remembering the glorious goal that you are running toward. You are EMPOWERED to face any trial, any obstacle, and any adversity, and come through victorious!
Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at http://www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.