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Having Endurance

2 Peter 1: 3-8 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the previous months, we discussed faith, goodness, knowledge, and self-control. Next is endurance. What does having endurance look like? Do you have a big desire to walk in God’s ways, but only make it 2 feet or 10 seconds before you fall, fail, quit, or stop? This is where endurance comes into the picture. Let’s take a look.

When a person begins to exercise by running, how does he or she start? Does he begin by entering a marathon? Then does he decrease to the point where they walk from their couch to the refrigerator to get a big bowl of ice cream? No, it is the opposite. He or she, first stops hitting the ice cream so hard. Then, she begins to walk a distance. Next, she will begin to stretch. Finally, she will combine all these activities and begin to run. She might not run far the first time or for many weeks, but over time she begins to increase the distance she runs. That’s how it is with spiritual endurance.

How does this relate to your relationship with God? Let’s compare running/physical endurance with your spiritual endurance.

1. Put down the ice cream—Could be a personal struggle with apathy or sin

2. Begin to walk a distance—This represents prayer, reading God’s Word, and staying connected to the church. Some of these will begin small, that is fine. It’s better to begin than not.

3. Stretch—Can be thought of as stretching your knowledge of God. We can begin that by discussing with other believers what we have learned from God’s Word. This will stretch us. Discussing, defending, learning, understanding, and cooperation with the Word of God will more firmly plant it in your heart.

4. Finally, begin to run. Running is putting it all together so far. We won’t run far right away, but you will be in awe of God’s power over your life, when you allow Him to grow you. That’s spiritual endurance. See you on the track.


In his service,

Pastor Todd