Jesus’ presence is akin to having the winning medallion on prior to the shooting of a starter’s pistol in a race. His third-day resurrection defied death, changed time, and disregards human reasoning. Our Saviour’s attendance to our melee is assurance that we are merely tapping into a fight that He’s already won. Death could not hold Him; this fight cannot defeat us. With this knowledge, one may assume that every fight goes smoothly. Unfortunately, there’s the voice of a quitter that suggestively makes its demands just before we take the win. Admittingly, I once was the first to exit a race, fight, or battle, but something has changed. I realized that I am not just fighting for me but for the assignment attached to me, which is my destiny. There is a place in God’s Kingdom for each of us with designated duties that we’ve been tailored made for. But we will not see the full essence of the assignment, the provision, the miracles, signs, and wonders if we quit.
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” 1 John 5:4
Faith is what keeps our endurance shoes on. God does not make us guess how to overcome this world. When we walk in victory by faith we endure. If we attempt to run this Christian race on our own strength, we grow tired and fizz out. An improper focus can render the same results- fizzle. Walking by faith is synonymous with stepping in line with what we believe regardless of what we see, hear, or feel. What we see may cry “Give up!” Fear and doubt may corroborate when we do not hear what we want to hear from God even as our faith is being proven. Endurance comes through faith that relies only on God, whether He “feels” near or not. I keep going when I would’ve usually thrown in many towels for what once appeared to be good reasons. In hindsight, I can remember wishing I had just pressed my way. Today, I do not regret the past and lament the future, I change the here and now. In the present, I put on my endurance shoes.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
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