Endurance: Grace Upon Grace

Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” The Greek word, hupomone, means: constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out, patient endurance. Note in my Bible: It describes the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.

We would not need endurance if we had no trials. Trials are essential for our spiritual growth, purifying our faith, and a testimony to others of God’s grace. Here is another reason. 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.”

Trials have a God designed progression. Romans 5:3-4 says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Have you ever asked the Lord to get you out of your trial? That mindset opposes God’s will and way and needs to be reset with truth. Every trial comes preloaded with grace to endure. It is God’s grace that flows in, around, and through every trial. Grace is His special provision.

I have two favorite verses about grace. 2 Corinthians 9:8 is in the context of finances, but we can apply it to our trials. It says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Have you ever considered that your trial is a preordained good work? I didn’t until right now as I was typing this. In 2 Corinthians 1:4 Paul described the fruit of our trials. It says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

The grace that sustains us, that empowers us to endure, is God’s gift to us. He pours out His grace upon us that it might flow into us in order to flow out to others. We are His grace-conduit.

John 1:16 Amplified is another grace verse that I love. Read it now in context to your trials. It says, “For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received (all had a share and we were all supplied with) one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift (heaped) upon gift.”

We are the body of Christ. Colossians 2:19 says, “…holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.” Today, I encourage you to reach out with your comfort-gift to encourage and build up others.

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