Don’t give up!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NET)

Therefore … because of the the great cloud of witnesses that surround us, we need to do something. The “great cloud of witnesses” are those from the previous chapter listed in the hall of fame of faith. These are people whose lives were characterised by faith, who followed God no matter what might happen to them or was happening to them. Their encouragement to us is that we need to be a people of faith. Continue reading “Don’t give up!”

The encouragement of the scriptures

“For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope” (Romans 15:4 NET).

As we live as Christians we sometimes become discouraged. When we are “down” it can seem difficult to continue going on. But there is something we can “take” for that! Often when we are physically sick we are told to take a pill, to take medication which will help to pick us up again. The solution for when we are spiritually discouraged is God’s word. Continue reading “The encouragement of the scriptures”

It’s an endurance race

Jesus repeats himself, but he does it for a reason.

In Revelation chapter two, Jesus addresses four churches in Asia Minor. In chapter three, he speaks to three more. He repeats the same message in every one. The message is, “He who overcomes,” is used seven times (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21). “He who has an ear,” is said seven times, too (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).

The Lord has said the same before. Mark recorded the Savior saying, “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved” (Mark 13:13 NASB). The saved ones are those who realize that the race to eternity is one of endurance. Continue reading “It’s an endurance race”

Worst case scenario

“Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome” (Acts 23:11 KJV).

On occasion during marital counseling, I ask couples to play a little game. There are no pieces or boards or fake money. It’s a game called “worst case scenario.”

In the passion of the moment, couples are often unable to see the path they are on, and where it is going to lead. We visualize it together and then discuss whether that is a place they’d like to see themselves in six months, a year, or even five years. Continue reading “Worst case scenario”