“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.”
Genuine faith transforms even the most vial men and women. Rahab the harlot trusted God, she left a life of sin, and was dramatically recued form Jericho as God’s judgment fell. Through enduring faith Rahab who was not an Israelite was brought into God’s chosen people and is even listed in the lineage of Jesus The Christ.
Prayer Focus: Sunfield Baptist Church, Pastor Stephen Saucier
“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:”
How wonderful is the Word of God? We have so many examples of men and women who lived lives standing firm in enduring faith. The writer of Hebrews states, “Time would fail me to tell of all these wonderful examples. Do you read the Word of God with enduring faith eager to live life as boldly as the men and women we read about?
Prayer Focus: Tamaroa First Baptist Church, Pastor Ray Baggott
“quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to fight the armies of the aliens.”
Enduring faith enables the follower to step outside of the comfort zone. Standing fast even under extreme conditions to see God’s will accomplished. How valiant are you in battle?
Prayer Focus: Tilden First Baptist Church, Pastor Paul Hahn
“Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.”
Enduring faith trusts in the power of the resurrection. Job was able to shout, “For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall See God.” Job 19:25-26 ESV. Church this is enduring faith!
Prayer Focus: Unity Baptist Church, Pastor-Richard Bittle
“Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.”
The book of Acts is a showcase of enduring faith. Do you ever just sit and reflect on the great men and women of faith? Peter and John knew what it was like to have hands laid upon them and to be thrown into prison. (Acts 4)With enduring faith they boldly proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ despite the mocking, scourgings, chains, and imprisonment.
Prayer Focus: University Baptist Church, Pastor John Annable.
“They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented-“
Enduring faith relies on the Grace of God to face any circumstance. Stephen in Acts 7 is another wonderful example of enduring faith. “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:59-60
Prayer Focus: Winkle Baptist Church, Pastor Jeff Downard
“of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.”
Enduring faith goes to a lost and dying world. A world full of sinful people not worthy of the good news. Those with enduring faith realize they too were not worthy of God’s grace and mercy and while they were still enemies Christ died for them. Enduring deserts, mountains, and sleeping in dens and caves is worth the hardship to proclaim the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ!
Prayer Focus: Lake Sallateeska Baptist Camp, Director Brock Vandever
“And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,”
Enduring faith is looking forward to the promise! Being able to see the big picture longing for the eternal kingdom that will not be shaken! Standing in the presence of Jesus Christ!
Prayer Focus: Church Plants in Gorham and Ashley
“God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
Romans 10:15 “And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” Church enduring faith realizes the mandate Christ gave and strives to fulfill it. Will we see revival? That is the prayer focus before us. Leonard Ravenhill said, “As long as we are content to live without revival we will.”
Prayer Focus: Revival Throughout Nine Mile Baptist Association
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Enduring faith patterns itself after the examples found in Scripture and dear saints we encounter in this life. Forsaking sin running focused on Jesus Christ who gives enduring faith and has exemplified what a life of endurance looks like. Do you truly know Him? Have you repented of your sin? Are you following Him in the enduring faith He gives?
“who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,”
Enduring faith produces evidence of God working in the lives of His followers. Take inventory of your life. What evidence is there that God has blessed you and has been working in you over the years.
Prayer Focus: The Ridge, Pastor Wes Henson
P.O. Box 224, Pinckneyville, Illinois 62274