I know you’ve seen it in scripture. “He who endures to the end shall be saved”. Have you thought that it’s something you can do on your own? Have you considered that it’s part of God’s process?
22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
God wants us to rely upon Him and not ourselves. Just like He gives us faith, He also gives us endurance. We need to keep our eyes on Christ. When Peter did that, he did the physically impossible and walked on water. It was only when he let himself be distracted by the wind and the sea and the physical impossibility of what he was doing that he began to sink. Think about it. This was Peter’s world. He was a fisherman before Christ called him to be a fisher of men. He knew and probably experienced the dangers that being on the sea in that kind of wind and storm presented. Like us, Peter had to learn the lesson that keeping our eyes on Christ helps us see beyond the physical.
In Romans 8:28, we have God’s promise to make all things, good and bad work for our good. Do we really believe that? If we do, this can be a scripture to hold onto during good times and bad. This scripture helps believers endure to the end.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
There’s another scripture, Philippians 4:13, that says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. In weakness, we rely upon God’s power and not upon our own limitations. This scripture also helps us endure to the end.
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Pray with me: Father God, we know You equip us with what we need to make it through any trial, any challenge. Thanks for granting us the ability to endure to the end of trials and challenges so that we will be saved and be blessed to be with You, Jesus, God the Holy Spirit and all the heavenly host for eternity. Thanks for helping us keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. In Jesus’ name, amen. copyright 2015, Pastors George and Sharon Billington, All Rights Reserved