Equipped To Endure
Our example of endurance is Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 says, “…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” What was that joy? Us! He knew that His death on the cross would bring us into the newness of life. Sin separates us from God. Jesus paid our penalty in full, creating a way for us to have fellowship with Him.
Obeying (observing to do) God’s word is the key to endurance. Hebrews 5:8 says that Jesus learned obedience by the things that He suffered. Paul said in Philippians 4:12 that he learned contentment through being full, hungry, abounding, and suffering.
Our salvation experience is an open invitation for growing in a close relationship with Jesus. We can approach Him at all times during the day or night. His heart is always open to us. His love does not ebb and flow, but is constant and full. Hebrews 4:15 says that He sympathizes with our weaknesses, because He was tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Since He knows our thoughts before we think them, we have no need to hide. Verse 16 says that we can come boldly, at any time, and will find grace and mercy for our need. Here is a verse in a new song that taught me a truth I did not consider before.
Extravagant Oil Of Joy
With joy I lift my heart in song. A song that flows through me like a river. A song that cascades and rushes to be expressed. In pure worship knowing Your joy as You behold me.
Do you personally believe that the Lord finds joy beholding you? My years of self-hatred and self-rejection blocked that truth from my heart. When the Holy Spirit sang this new song to me, the chains around my heart snapped apart.