9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
In an athletic race, no one is crowned a winner if the person does not cross the finished line ahead of everyone. One may be leading a race for several meters but if with just about 10 meters to cross the finished line he walks off the field, he is not given the award of a winner.
Long-distance runners in particular need endurance. Endurance requires that even in the face of extreme difficulties, you still persist in pursuing your dream and desire.
The Bible is clear about the challenges that will come to the believer in the last days. So many things are happening that potentially can cause believers to give up the faith or to give in to deception. The Bible also tells us how to overcome these; simply endure.
To endure means not being moved by anything you see or hear that is contrary to the word of faith that you have learned. One of the greatest challenges is the lusts of the flesh – lust for wealth, lust for fame, and giving in to inordinate desires. The devil is attacking more fiercely through these and the believer must be aware of all that and fortify himself.
As the fight from the devil against us increases, so does the power of God on our behalf much more increases. God’s power to us comes in greater proportion to the conflict the enemy brings our way. We simply have to endure by the equipping of the Holy Spirit.
1. Thank God for His love towards us in giving us the Holy Spirit to empower us against all the odds of these last days.
2. Ask for ability to draw from the power that God has deposited within us by the Holy Spirit to stand your ground in the heat of the greatest conflict.
3. Father, I receive a double portion of Your Spirit as I do combat to keep my faith in You intact.
Once it is written, twice I have heard that all power belongs to God. I exercise supremacy through the blood of Jesus against any unseen power challenging the power of God in my life. Associate yourselves, you shall be broken to pieces. Gird yourselves together, you shall be broken to pieces, take counsel together, it shall not stand. Speak the word and it shall come to naught for God is with me.