September 16, 2013

Sermon Notes: An Enduring Lesson

Don't you love it when you go to church and the sermon speaks directly to your situation? A couple months ago, my Senior Pastor shared a sermon on the subject of endurance.  I had to sing that Sabbath so I got a front row seat to all the goodness she was sharing! Here is the link to view the service and hear the actual sermon. Here on the blog, I'd like to share some of the key points and notes that I think you'll really benefit from if you are in a season that requires a lot of endurance. 

To endure:

1. You must have confidence. Confidence is the staying power of a faithful believer during life's difficult moments. Have confidence in the promises God's made to you in His word. They are forever and they are true. 

2. You must have determination. You have to possess a strong will to win. When you enter a race, you don't enter with the intent to barely make it. You enter the race with the intent to WIN! Be determined to go on in faith and know that God will give you strength for the journey! 

3. You must have a sense of timelessness. Endurance never has to ask for a wake-up call. Time is irrelevant when it comes to God's promises. Take it moment by moment (that was key for me). Endurance wins one second at a time. FIX *lock in* *focus* your eyes on Jesus! He alone has perfect timing. Wait patiently!!

4. You must understand that grace is not what you deserve. It's a free gift. Grace is sufficient in our weakness. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Whenever you feel like you've sinned and have gotten so far from the Lord, remember that where sin abounds, grace doth much more abound. You don't have to wait for a time when you feel more "deserving". Even at your worst and most underserving moments, God is there with grace and love. 

Lastly, remember this formula:

Faith + Patience = An inherited promise (read Hebrews 6). 

Faith and patience WILL inherit the promise! 

Believe God!
God bless you! :) 

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