Week 34 Word: Endure & Persevere in All Circumstances
Week 34 Text: Hebrews 12:1
Written By: Andrea Ferrell
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 CSB)
Here I am, writing about enduring during a time in my life when enduring is about all I am doing. I would rather not share with you about my enduring. I would rather crawl into my shell and stay there until this storm has passed. But I cannot do that. You see, there is a big problem with that plan…
It sure is hard to run a race when you are balled up in the fetal position, in your pajamas, with the covers pulled up over your head.
Have you been there? Are you there now? If you haven’t (sorry to burst your bubble), you will be someday. I pray that when you are there you will remember that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Are you thinking, “Who in the world is with me, in my bedroom, while I am doing nothing else but enduring?” Creepy.
No, not creepy. Incredibly amazing. Not only are you not alone–you have at least three “beings” with you.
That is, if you let them in.
1) You are surrounded by a LARGE cloud of witnesses (read Hebrews 11). And the cool thing is that that cloud of witnesses has only grown over the past 2,000 years. Now, don’t think ghostlike–this is not scary. Think like this: someone, somewhere, sometime has endured like I am now and has persevered through faith and has won the prize. The prize? Heaven. How do you let these witnesses is? Open your bible. Also, in Hebrews 12:2, we see that we are in pretty good company when we endure because Jesus endured the cross (with joy). His prize? You–in heaven with Him.
2) You are filled with the Holy Spirit. When you chose Jesus as the king of your life, you were given the gift of the Holy Spirit, the great Comforter (read John 14:16, 26). Please don’t forget that you have God living in you. Therefore, you have all you need to endure. How do you let the Holy Spirit comfort you? Pray.
3) Finally, the hardest to let in–the church. The hardest because it isn’t perfect like the Holy Spirit and Jesus. But it is good. Let me tell you that as a human being, my flesh gets weak and I need tangible things to draw strength from. I need food. I need a hand to hold. I need truth whispered into my ear. I need to be tucked gently in bed and prayed over. And then, I need someone to tie my shoes for me and drag me back into the race. How do you let the church in? Go to church. Let your people endure with you (read 1 Corinthians 12:26).
Simply put, open your eyes and fix them on Jesus. Open your bible and be encouraged. Open your heart and let the Holy Spirit comfort you. Open your door and let the church in.
1. Grab a piece of paper or journal. Write down what you are currently enduring. Think about someone who has endured something similar to you (maybe someone from Hebrew 11 or someone you know currently). Write down their story and how they persevered. Now pray for the Holy Spirit to give you strength to keep your eyes on Jesus. Lastly, tell someone. Open the door and let a friend in.
2. Listen to the old hymn, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.”