ENDURING TO THE END

One morning, I was reading Psalm 100:5 in the ESV Bible translation. The verse includes the phrase: “His steadfast love endures forever.” His love is steadfast. That means it is firmly fixed in place and not subject to change. God will love you forever, no matter what. Nothing can change that.

The word endures was the word that grabbed my attention. Perhaps because we have all been enduring so much this year. I looked at other verses using the word. It excited me to discover it used sixty-six times in the ESV translation along with the word forever. I looked up some of those verses and saw that, not only does God’s love endure forever, but whatever God does endures forever. (Ecclesiastes 3:14)

Out of your own curiosity, look up some of these verses yourself.

  • Psalm 100:5
  • Psalm 111:3
  • Psalm 111:10
  • Psalm 117:2
  • Psalm 119:160
  • Psalm 135:13
  • Ecclesiastes 3:14
  • Lamentations 5:19
  • Daniel 4:3

All of these things endure forever as it relates to God in the Old Testament. Then, in the New Testament, the focus shifts to Jesus and what endures forever for humanity. Matthew 10:22 tells how endurance applies to you. “The one who endures to the end will be saved.”

The word saved in this verse means, in part, delivered, healed, and preserved. We are delivered from evil, healed from sin and preserved for eternity. The one who endures to the end will be preserved forever in the presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Can I get an Amen!

Endurance is about eternal life. It is running the race of life without giving up, no matter how difficult the circumstances. It is the ability to walk through every hardship, rather than trying to side-step the difficulty. Our labor for God is simple. Believe in Jesus. Trust Him through every situation.

Hebrews 12:3 tells us to think about what Jesus endured so we do not become weary of the struggles we go through. The endurance of Jesus is our example for withstanding hardship and adversity. If we fix our eyes on Him, we can endure. The way we endure any hardship should be done with an attitude toward God’s eternal purpose. It is part of being an ambassador for Christ.

One day we will live in His presence, having endured to the end. We cannot give up. We must not give in. Keep on trusting that God has an eternal purpose in mind for you. Everything He does endures forever.

(This is an excerpt from the Bible Study Living Your Glory Story by Donna Skell and Virginia Grounds available on Amazon and also on my author page.)

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  1. Namci
    Namci says:

    This year I realize
    I have drifted away. I stopped going to Church when it split. My life went wrong so
    Many ways. I wanted to be close to Jesus again but didn’t know where to find a Church. Covid made online Church possible and I have been able to find many services and different styles of teaching. I also find there are some that aren’t teaching true. This makes Me have anxieties. I’ve asked God to forgive me for drifting and sinning. I have asked For God to give me new life as a Christian and show me what he wants. I’m more in love with God and his word than I have been. I want to be all that I have been missing out on. I don’t have close Christian friends. I found a Church but it is closed again.
    I watch online. I read blogs. I need prayer for my Family that drifted also. I need Prayer to be all God wants and A solid Church Family
    thank you

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    • Virginia
      Virginia says:

      Thank you for your post on my website and your request for prayer. Life is hard and the temptation to give up on church and God is such a temptation, but where would we be with our Savior. I am praying for you to meet new Christian friends who will support you through your anxieties. But the greatest friend of all is Jesus. He is the friend that sticks closer than even our family. I have found that prayer every, single morning sets things up for my day that give me strength and courage to press on. And so I want to encourage you to press on toward the upward call of Christ Jesus. Paul says to forget the past and press on. A church split is hard, but press on. Listen to those who teach and preach God’s word and continue to seek a Bible-believing church.
      God bless you,
      Virginia

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