Consistent trust is an essential part of endurance. There is a Greek word that I refer to often from Hebrews 10:26. It is hupomone. It is the word for endurance. The verse says, “But you have need for endurance (hupomone), so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”
The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance says that hupomone means: constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out, patient endurance. I call it barnacle faith. We cling to our Steadfast Rock with refusal to let go.
Our heart capacity increases as we continue to trust in our difficult circumstances. We remain in His power that continually undergirds and strengthens us. We remain steadfast as we rehearse the truths of His word. He grounds us spiritually, emotionally, and physically to Him.
We remain as we encourage ourselves in the Lord. Mark 4:17 says of the seed sown on rocky ground, “And they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.”
We have a persistent adversary that wants to destroy God’s word within us. He can’t because it is Eternal. However, he consistently wars against us. What happens when we fall into trials? Our faith is tested. It is purified so that we can stand in barnacle faith. We hold our door shield of faith up to quench every fiery dart he throws at us.
Trials also test our trust. When we are suddenly immersed into hardships, do we lean on our own understanding, or let go of it to cling to Him? Do we bury our emotional pain, or release it to Him? Do we resist the work He is doing, or embrace it?
If you are in a hard trial right now, I encourage you to gather some personal intercessors. They will be your ambush against the enemy. Ai was defeated because of an ambush behind the city (Joshua 8:3-22).
Psalm 18:-16-18 is my personal testimony. It says, “…He drew me out of deep waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.” The Lord gave me eight on call personal intercessors. They prayed for me while I clung to Him.
We are called and equipped to endure. His word in us is the anchor of our soul. We are God’s display of His manifold wisdom. Ephesians 3:10 says, “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.”