Summary: What does it mean to Endure and what things exactly will we have to endure??
We Christians often need to endure things– what, why and how?
What does it mean to Endure and what things exactly will we have to endure??
Endure – The Greek word is Hupophero - It means “To bear up under things” – without getting weary, without losing heart, remaining joyful, continuing to trust in God and continuing to abide in Christ. - when – we are faced with temptations, trials, persecutions and afflictions, disappointing circumstances and people and apparent setbacks – looking patiently and steadfastly to God for the strength to endure and in His time for deliverance.
Some examples of those who may challenge our endurance: 2 Tim 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days…men (Church going people) will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having an appearance of godliness but denying (un-submitted to) its power (The Holy Spirit).
The necessity of endurance
2 Tim 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship (including the hardness of heart of some others) as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Eph 3:13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart…
1 Cor 9:12 …But (we) endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
One cause for failing to endure – stones in the heart (areas of hardness to God & people)
Mar 4:16-17 And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word (of God), at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; And they have no real root in themselves (no depth of heart soil because of the hardness – see Matt 13:5 Amp.), and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. AMP
The reward of endurance
Heb 10:35-36 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Jam 5:11 Indeed we count them happy who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord — that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. Eccl 7:8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning ; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. KJV
Jam 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith produces patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (something only patient endurance can ever be brought to).
How God enables us to endure
Heb 11:27 …He (Moses) endured as (or by) seeing Him who is invisible (so can we)
Ps 25:15 My (spiritual) eyes are ever toward the LORD, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net (and keep me from falling and caving in to circumstances).