Persevering Faith Part Two

Last night I reread the book of Lamentations. No matter what our circumstances are, the Lord is faithful to His word. 2 Timothy 2:13 is one of my anchor verses in the midst of a storm-trial. It says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
I also love Titus 1:2 which says, “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” This verse becomes a tangible reality as we put on our helmet of salvation. A helmet protects our head from injury. Our hope-helmet protects us from from the enemy’s fiery darts of fear.
Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Here is some eternal faith-perspective. Isaiah 49:16 says, “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” I love to ponder this verse. When we see the Lord face to face, the wounds from the nails will still be there. We are inscribed in His wounds.
In 1987 I visited a friend in WA. There was a plaque in the Bible book store that captured my heart. It said: Jesus, how much do You love me? And He stretched out his arms and died.
Hebrews 12:2 says, “…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” We are called to endure. He endured to empower us so we can also endure through persevering faith.
God’s ways are far higher than our ways. This worldwide pandemic may not look like His tender mercies, but what if it brings worldwide revival? Let us answer this unprecedented call to pray for souls, that Jesus may receive the reward of His suffering.

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