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The Perseverance of God

While there are verses in the Bible that emphasize a perseverance on our part (such as Hebrews 10:36), there are also some verses that emphasize a perseverance on God's part. The perseverance that God expects from us will not be accomplished unless it is God who is persevering through us.

Enduring Perilous Times

How do we overcome the world, the deceiver, the accuser, that old serpent called the devil, and Satan, “which deceiveth the whole world” (Revelation 12:9)? In Revelation 12:11 we read: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” God will not forsake us, for He is our firm foundation, faithful and true.

Persevering Has Its Reward

Persevering through trials is proof of living faith (James 1:12). Our faith is tested to prove its genuineness, and by God’s faithfulness to us in trials, we have assurance of our Salvation. It is through God’s power that we are preserved, not by any work of our own.

In His Strength

Let our hope rest in Christ our Lord and King and let our endurance come from Him, in Whom we have strength and Who took all weight of punishment on Himself to Calvary. Persevere in serving our King!

When thinking of the great ministries of John Wesley in the eighteenth century, most readers overlook the work of his brother Charles Wesley, who, if not more so than John, had a most fruitful and Godly ministry through the love of Christ.

Time to Move

Time and time again in our lives, Marge and I have learned “to not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:31-34).

From Thomas’ humble life, we see that God uses believers of all backgrounds and occupations to reveal His Faithfulness in their walks of life. Whether they are preachers and missionaries or newspaper editors and insurance salesmen, God is faithful to them and reveals His great plan through them for their lives.

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