Endurance Only Comes One Way : Good Morning Devotional for 12.7.2021

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Good morning! Endurance only comes one way and that is through suffering.

Romans 5 starts off about the peace of God that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. Every Christian wants that peace, but is every Christian willing to go through what it takes to arrive at the place Christ would have them?

The peace we possess comes through the justifying work of Christ who took the penalty of our sin on our behalf. Christ secured our peace, our reconciliation between us and God. This provides us access into the grace in which we stand.

Standing in Christ means suffering for Christ! That’s bad, right? No, that’s ultimately good because the “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5). Suffering to endurance, endurance to character, character to hope–all through the love of God poured into us in the Holy Spirit.

Do you want to endure? Then rejoice in the sufferings for Christ that come your way. Living for Christ means losing your ‘self’ in the process. Is your joy found in Christ? Are you ready to endure for Him? Then you know what it takes. He will give you the strength to persevere.

Good Morning Devo for 10.4.2021: Where to Find Endurance and Encouragement?

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Good morning! Could it be that Christians who struggle with finding hope in this word struggle because of their lack of engagement in the Scriptures? That engagement shows where our hope lies to help with our endurance and encouragement.

The entirety of Scripture serves “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). Do you want to be equipped for every good work? Do you want to see where your hope lies? Do you want help in enduring? Do you need encouragement?

Go to the Scriptures! Go to that place where you are equipped for every good work.

Are you in the Scriptures every day? If you are starting out reading the Scriptures, ask the Scriptures three questions:

  1. What does this say about who God is? (Attributes)
  2. What does this say about what He’s done? (Actions)
  3. What needs to change in us? (Repentance)

In other words, read your Bibles with intentionality! You’ll be glad you did!