Matthew 24:13 - Faith and Endurance.
Matthew 24:13 - Faith and Endurance.
Matthew 24:13 (KJV) But he that shall endure unto the end, the
same shall be saved.
Chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew comprise what is known as the
Olivet discourse, one of Jesus' three great discourses. (The other two
are the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 and the upper room
discourse in John 13-17.) On the Mount of Olives, Jesus discussed future
events, including the destruction of Herod's magnificent temple and the
judgment coming upon Israel (which would occur in AD 70), as well as some
of the events surrounding his second coming. His intent was to
encourage his followers always to be ready. We don't know when Jesus will
come back, but we do know that we should prepare for his return and
live as though he is coming soon. [NIV Once A Day Bible]
Very Moving Side-note - The verse just before this one says:
"Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold"
Matthew 24:12 NLT.... WOW! - Doesn't that describe the days in which we
A relationship with God is our only means of finding
fulfillment and satisfaction in life. But it isn't always easy. One of the
most frustrating aspects of that relationship is couched in Matthew
25:5 - "The bridegroom was a long time in coming." The primary
purpose of this parable is to depict the return of Jesus, but the
dynamic of waiting applies to so much more. Abraham waited long years
for God to fulfill a promise. Joseph waited a lifetime for his dream
to become reality. The Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years
before God delivered them through Moses.
One of the keys of life with God, apparently, is waiting. We
can be encouraged by the fact that, according to Hebrews 6:12, it is
"through faith and patience" that we inherit God's promises. Delay is not
his denial of those promises. It's part of the process of fulfilling
them. [NIV Once A Day Bible re Mat. 25:5]
As long as you focus on Me, you are safe. If you gaze too
long at the myriad problems around you, you will sink under the
weight of your burdens. When you start to sink, simply call out "Help
me, Jesus!" and I will lift you up.
The closer you live to Me, the safer you are. Circumstances
around you are undulating, and there are treacherous-looking waves in
the distance. Fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes. By the
time those waves reach you, they will have shrunk to proportions of
My design. I am always beside you, helping you face today's waves.
The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future!
Stay close to Me. (Phi. 4:7; Mat. 14:30; Heb. 12:2) [Jesus Calling by
Let Me prepare you for the day that stretches out before you.
I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only
vague ideas about it. You would like to see a map showing all the
twists and turns of your Journey. You'd feel more prepared if you could
somehow visualize what is on the road ahead. However, there is a better
way to be prepared for whatever you will encounter today: Spend
quality time with Me.
I will not show you what is on the road ahead, but I will
thoroughly equip you for the journey. My living Presence is your Companion
each step of the way. Stay in continual communication with Me,
whispering My Name whenever you need to redirect your thoughts. Thus, you
can walk through this day with your focus on Me. My abiding Presence
is the best road map available. (Exo. 33:14; John 15:4-7) [Jesus
Calling by Sarah Young]
How We Live - Persevering in Faith
Caleb was one of the spies whom Moses sent to explore the
Promised Land. Upon returning, only he and Joshua reported that the
Israelites should obey God and enter the land. The other spies insisted
that such a mission would be too dangerous, and the people sided with
them. That entire generation died in the wilderness (Numbers 13-14).
Only Caleb and Joshua were allowed to live and eventually enter the
What was the secret to Caleb's faith? He persevered. Caleb
refused to go with the majority opinion when it contradicted what he
knew to be God's will. Because of his faithfulness to the will and
purposes of God, Caleb never lost his spiritual edge. He had to endure
forty years of desert wandering before he could enter the Promised
Land, yet he never doubted God's ability to carry through on his
You've begun a spiritual walk with the Lord that will last
the rest of your life. You will face "desert" times that might cause
you to doubt God's promises. Like Caleb, stand for God's truth, no
matter what the rest of the crowd says. Like Caleb, trust God to carry
through on his promises. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Jos.
Lesson in Perseverance - Songbirds:
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE:
GREAT PRAISE SONG BASED ON PSALM 29:9
Oh, My, Glory, Glory, Glory [Live] by The Gaithers:
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT:
Special Video Clip On Seeking God: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Your Choice: http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice