Living a Life of Endurance

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Sometimes we will face hard-times. Endure it through Christ. Too many Christians are living a lie. What are the lies?

  • If you’re a Christian, you are not supposed to be sad.
  • If you’re a Christian, you should never doubt.
  • Instead take every concern to God in prayer.
  • Pray for your weaknesses.
  • If you’re a real believer, you wouldn’t feel down.
  • Sometimes things are not going well–don’t feel like you have to put up a front.
  • When you need prayer, ask for it.
  • Then become a listener, not a gossiper.
  • A listener should be someone you can trust.
  • Only a trustworthy person can keep confidences.
  • Nobody is flawless. Everybody has weaknesses.
  • God holds the same standard for everybody.
  • Get free today. The people you are trying to impress have no power to put you in Heaven or Hell
  • Another myth is that Christians don’t get depressed.
  • When this happened to David, David encouraged himself in the Lord.
  • YOU BETTER KNOW HOW TO ENCOURAGE YOURSELF.
  • You can be down, but don’t stay down.
  • What is endurance? Endurance means you have learned how to last.
  • Endurance means to suffer patiently and to tolerate.
  • Have you ever had to tolerate certain people? Even people you love?
  • To tolerate, you must have tolerance.
  • Sometimes you have to endure a difficult process.
  • For instance, consider a car wash. There are several steps to get the car clean.
  • Sometimes we want to be a strong Christian without going through a process.
  • The key is WHEN YOU GO THROUGH IT, DON’T GIVE UP.
  • Don’t let the enemy distract you with discouragement.
  • Sometimes you did not do something wrong, you did something right that caused the enemy to attack or accuse you.
  • One area of endurance is PAIN. Sometimes we have to learn how to endure pain.
  • Most people want to avoid pain. In life nobody wants to go through pain.
  • But in this life, we will experience some pain.
  • It can come through sickness, family loss, a break-up, broken marriage, friendships break up, etc.
  • Some friends don’t want to see you do well. They try to find fault.
  • There is pain from without and pain from within.
  • 2 Timothy 2:11-13 – This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.  If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
  • Some pain can be profitable. This applies to childbirth. No baby comes without the pain of delivery.
  • When Job went through his ordeal, he was tested because he was righteous. He lost everything, but got double back for his trouble.
  • Some parents want to rescue their children from every painful situation.
  • If you rescue your child every time they face difficulty, you set them up to be weak or spoiled.
  • We can’t shield our children from everything.
  • But when you go through a test you may be surprised at how strong you are in the Lord.
  • See a painful time as a time to get close to the Lord, and have a memory with the Lord that no one can take away from you.
  • Discipline from the Lord comes to strengthen you, not destroy you. The pain has a purpose.
  • Sometimes we have pain when we have unanswered prayer.
  • God knows what’s best. God sees the bigger picture and He knows what to do to produce the best result.
  • God doesn’t want us to be proud, so He gives us balance.

2 Corinthians 12:7-11 New King James Version – The Thorn in the Flesh

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 11 I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing.

PAIN CAN ALSO BRING A CHANGE. WE DON’T ASK FOR IT BUT WE SHOULD LEARN FROM IT.

The Lord rewards faithful endurance.

  • THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOUR PAIN CAN BRING SOME GAIN.
  • After you learn, you can help somebody else.

1 Peter 5:10-12 New King James Version

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Bless the Lord by Maintaining Focus

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Don’t focus on the past–what you used to do, how things used to be. Older people tend to do that. Most of their life is behind them. This type of thinking can lead to regret. Younger people focus on the future. They are focused on what they want to achieve and do. Most of their life is ahead of them. This can keep you too busy and live life like you’re on a treadmill. God wants us to focus and press toward Him NOW!

  • The enemy wants you to be so busy that you don’t have time for the Lord.
  • Everyone must stand before the Lord and give an account. All the things we strive for here, have no value. Don’t try to mimic what you see on social media.
  • Trying to maintain focus takes you away from what’s important to God.
  • Even being busy evangelizing for God can be a distraction. Don’t forget to focus on your family.
  • The Lord will send you out to minister to one person. Everyone is not called to minister to large crowds.
  • Success is spelled–“JESUS”
  • John 3:3 New King James Version – Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  • If God is not in your heart, you are a failure. Your soul is already scheduled for destruction if you do not have Jesus in your life.
  • God will let a word come at you or send you a dream to get you back on track. He can use anything in your environment to draw you. The Lord is focused on you. He wants to give you salvation.
  • We have to deliver whatever mail (message) the Lord gives to us–even if that message makes someone uncomfortable.
  • If someone is on their way to Hell, they need to be uncomfortable now so they can avoid destruction.
  • Don’t focus on your FLESH NOW–what you can eat, spend and feel!
  • Focus on following the Holy Spirit and enjoying the NOW times while you can. Enjoy your children. Spend time with your family. Obey the LORD NOW.
  • Enjoy the NOW moments with God.
  • Are you focusing on the Lord NOW?

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34

The Road of Distractions is wide and leads to Hell. It is sin highway. Narrow is the gate that leads to eternal life.

  • Matthew 7:13-14 – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
  • If it’s popular with the world, it is probably not with God. Sift every choice through the Word of God and stay on the NARROW ROAD.
  • If you want to run the race for the Lord, you must trim down and keep on the full armor of God.
  • Stay in your lane. What are you doing in the world’s lane instead of staying in God’s lane?
  • You can make it in Christ is you stay on the Narrow Way.
  • Distractions come in many forms. The enemy has tailor-made distractions fitted just for you.
  • Learn how to recognize the “fit” of the devil.
  • The number one distraction the enemy likes to use is improper relationships.
  • God loves relationships, but it must be done the right way.
  • Chasing paper is another fitted distraction of the enemy.
  • We must be in the world but not of the world. Know when to be satisfied with what you have.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:16

  • Another distraction is career or a business. Know that no matter how faithful you are, an organization will let you go and replace you. Don’t make your career or employer your master.
  • Don’t be distracted by “playing church”. BE A REAL CHRISTIAN.
  • How can we focus on the Lord?
  • Incorporate the Lord and His principles in ALL YOU DO.
  • Apply kingdom principles in your life.
  • For example if you are a parent, train up a child in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • If you are a business person, do your work as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)
  • If you are a child of God, win souls.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30

What good are all the riches if you don’t have God. Some of the richest men on earth are really poor. King Solomon was one of the richest men on earth and became distracted by women. He finally realized this and says…

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 New King James Version

I WILL bless the Lord.

Focus Scripture: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)

  • When King David brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, he danced with all his might.
  • We must learn to bless the Lord.
  • Anybody can bless the Lord when things are going well, but can you bless him when things are going bad or when things are delayed.
  • You must praise God THROUGH loss and not turn back to the world.
  • Don’t change dance partners and dance with the world instead of God.
  • Everybody doesn’t respond to trials the same.
  • Consider Job. He lost everything and still gave God the glory and the praise. (His wife did not. She said, “Why don’t you curse God and die?”
  • Make up your mind to praise God through ALL circumstances.
  • Job responded, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

WE CAN BLESS THE LORD BY…

  1. Giving the Lord our heart and our life.

John 1:11-12 New King James Version – 11 He came to His [a]own, and His [b]own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the [c]right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

  • You must give God your allegiance. If you had to choose between God and your cell phone, which would you choose. EVERYDAY we are making choices. They may seem small, but each choice indicates our loyalty. Give your WHOLE HEART to the Lord.

Matthew 22:37 New King James Version – Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

  1. Walking in truth.

3 John 1:4 New King James Version – I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

  • Every parent wants to see their children tell the truth. God wants us to walk in truth even when it cuts. If you don’t receive truth, you are rejecting truth. Jesus is the TRUTH.
  • Sometimes we don’t want to tell the truth because of what people may say.
  • Some people don’t want to tell the truth because they don’t want to lose their reputation.
  • Sometimes we don’t tell the trust to maintain a façade.
  • Sometimes the façade is a lie. (A façade is an outward appearance that is developed to conceal a lesser unpleasant reality. Why be a glorified fake when you can be an authentic original?)
  • Your children can be going through things and saying they are fine. Be watchful and prayerful so you can help people.
  • Pray for discernment.
  • Work on being more truthful.
  • Get rid of the façade and stop trying to please people.
  • God is the ONLY one who will love us ALL THE TIME for who we are.
  • Love is when you tell people the truth in love and with a heart of compassion.
  • Don’t allow “telling the truth” as an excuse to vent. That means what you said was true but your motivation was wrong.
  • Tell the people the truth with the right spirit (gentle, humble spirit).

3. Loving the Lord and loving your neighbor.

  • Matthew 22:38-40 New King James Version – 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Reset your thinking and reset your life.

I am blessed AND I will bless God.

RESET your thinking and reset your life.

  • Some people have low self-esteem.
  • We need to get rid of the negative thoughts about ourselves.
  • Do spring cleaning.
  • Some things in our life we need to let go.
  • Some people were in a season in your life, but they are not to continue with you into the next season.
  • We must reset our thinking.
  • What if you began to think to yourself: “I’m blessed, and I am going to bless God.”
  • Think about what you do have, not about what you don’t have.
  • Appreciate what you have. Thank God for what you do have.

Matthew 5:1-12 New King James – 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.b5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the [a]earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Example: Roaches don’t like light. When a light comes on, they run. When people persecute you when you are godly, it is because of God’s light shining through you.

  • YOU’RE BLESSED! Keep shining your light for God.
  • You’re blessed even when you don’t feel like it and it doesn’t seem like it.
  • You’re blessed even when you don’t have a lot of possessions if you have Christ.
  • We must learn to show mercy when people hurt us. Some things must be let go. Don’t hold anger and offense in your heart. (Example: A woman bumped a man’s car in the parking lot. He followed her home and shot her! Now she is hurt. And, HE IS NOW A CRIMINAL!)
  • When you go the opposite of God’s Word, the devil is waiting to take you out.
  • We need more peacemakers. If you are a Christian, why would you try to edge people on to fight? Bring peace to the situation.
  • There are blessings in storms. The trial that was meant to break you, will bless you.
  • There was a DOUBLE blessing in Job’s storm.
  • Sometimes the storm is a disguised blessing.
  • Jesus’ crucifixion lead to our salvation. PRAISE GOD!
  • Ask Lazarus the beggar if he was blessed.
  • REVIEW THE STORY OF LAZARUS

Luke 16:19-31 New King James Version – The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ 27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”

Lazarus was blessed because when he died, he died in Christ and went to heaven.

  • The rich man had earthly goods, but died without Christ and went to hell.
  • Don’t let possessions get you.
  • Don’t let possessions crowd out God in your life.
  • Love not the world, nor the things of the world.
  • You may be in a difficult situation, but you are blessed.
  • You may have experienced loss, but you are blessed.

Acts 26:28-29 – New King James Version – 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” 29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”

DON’T DELAY RECEIVING JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR.

MAKE UP YOUR MIND FOR CHRIST TODAY!

For in Christ there is all of God in a human body; 10 so you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power.” Colossians 2:9 Living Bible

Reset your attitude and reset your life.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3, New King James Version

FOCUS TEXT: 2 Kings 5:1-14–Naaman is cured from Leprosy AND HIS BAD ATTITUDE)

–2 Kings 5:1-4 – Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

-2 Kings 5:9-14 – 9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman had a bad attitude. Do you have a bad attitude with God? Some of us are carrying the baggage of a bad attitude.

  • POINT 1 -Reset your attitude and reset your life.
  • POINT 2 – Reset your attitude toward others (just because someone is a lower status in the natural doesn’t mean
  • POINT 3 – Reset your attitude toward yourself (we can think more highly of ourselves than we ought)
  • POINT 4 – Reset your attitude towards God’s method of deliverance

Naaman thought God was going to deliver him a certain way. When the prophet told him something different, to dip in the dirty Jordan River 7 times, Naaman was offended.

–Philippians 2:2-4 New King James Version – 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

–Philippians 2:2-4 Living Bible – 2 Then make me truly happy by loving each other and agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, working together with one heart and mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. 4 Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.

  • God is not going to change for you or me.
  • If you want a breakthrough, you must do things the way God said to do it.
  • WHAT’S WRONG WITH OBEYING WHAT GOD TOLD YOU?
  • God loves to use vessels you have a problem with.

Stubbornness and a bad attitude are married together.

WE HAVE TO FOLLOW GOD’S FULL INSTRUCTIONS TO GET A THE BREAKTHROUGH.

  • 7 is the number of perfection and rest
  • Naaman learned how to be obedient and walk by faith AFTER HE HUMBLED HIMSELF
  • It took faith to dip into the dirty Jordan River 7 times.

WHAT RIVER IS GOD TELLING YOU TO DIP IN 7 TIMES? If we humble ourselves and repent, God will deliver us too.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version

Expecting Great and Mighty Breakthroughs in 2022

“No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.”

Philippians 3:13-14 Living Bible

The Lord is concerned about every area of our life, and He wants His children to experience all the benefits of our salvation. Prepare yourself to breakthrough setbacks so you can have a COMEBACK. The Victory Life CHALLENGE POINTS FOR THE TOTAL MAN FOR 2022 are as follows:

  • Stay committed to your daily prayer slot.
  • Stay committed to your daily scripture reading.
  • DRINK MORE WATER! (Eat a balanced diet, eat more fruits and vegetables, limit carbs, salt and sugar INTAKE, NO TOBACCO OR ALCHOHOL)
  • Walk or exercise daily.
  • Encourage yourself–THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO GIVE UP OR FALL BACK!

“So whatever it takes, I will be one who lives in the fresh newness of life of those who are alive from the dead. I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.

Philippians 3:11-12 Living Bible

Reset Your Faith and You will Reset Your Life.

It’s Time for Your Reset through Christ.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…” Ephesians 3:20

  • When you become a child of God you will go through trouble, trials, and tests
  • You automatically get enemies the closer you get to God.
  • The symbol for Christianity is not PILLOW–It is a cross!
  • God is concerned about what is happening IN YOU and NOT TO YOU.
  • Are you developing the character of Christ in your trial?

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Living a Life of Readiness: STAND in Your Deliverance

You will only be tempted by what you desire.

  • The things you desire either:
    • Pull you away from God
    • Pull you away from your goals
  • To stand in your deliverance you must have a “Made-Up Mind”
  • What is the difference between “A Made-Up Mind” vs. a “Doubtful Mind”? YOU.

Who determines whether your mind is “made-up” or not? You do.

So how do we move from doubt and instability to victory? Keep reading. >>Click here to view or download the notes.

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Seven Victorious Daily Confessions…

  • I am highly favored of the Lord.
    I am highly favored of the Lord.
    Proverbs 12:2— A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
  • I am debt free and prospering.
    I am debt free and prospering.
    3 John 1:2—Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
  • I am spirit led.
    I am spirit led.
    John 8:14—For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
  • I am walking in divine health.
    I am walking in divine health.
    Isaiah 53:5—But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
  • I am winning souls for Christ.
    I am winning souls for Christ.
    Proverbs 11:30—The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
  • I am walking in the wisdom of God.
    I am walking in the wisdom of God.
    Psalms 49:3—My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
  • The blessing of God overtake me.
    The blessing of God overtake me.
    Deuteronomy 28:2—And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
  • I am praying to get good results.
    I am praying to get good results.
    Mark 11:24—Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.