Church of the Open Door


9/30: Endurance in the Face of a Persistent Enemy: by Dr. Glenn Jago

Endurance in the Face of a Persistent Enemy

Acts 23:12-35

What we might view, as essentials in the pursuit of a meaningful life, may not be God’s intention at all. Characteristically, God often exposes us to conflict to replace our sedentary life for an encounter that reveals the genuineness of our faith. The outcome should result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7). However, if all we seek after is peace and tranquility, we may never develop the stamina to live as conquerors through Christ. Honestly, our attempt to run from the struggle reflects our distrust of God’s perfect provision.

Paul, willing to endure the tenacity of his enemies, lived as a conqueror in the face of losing his freedom. Amazingly, Paul did not seek peace at any cost because of his passion for all things Christ. He did not lose sight of what was essential even when surrounded by conflict and the persistence of the enemy. He clung to the gift of endurance, which Christ granted through His sacrifice and gift of grace.

It is time to re-examine the goals and passions of our life and view Jesus Christ as our sufficiency.

Evaluation:

  1. The weight of the enemies persistence – Acts 23:12-15
  2. The wonder of God’s providence – Acts 23:16-35

Examination:

  1. The standard of life, wisdom or feelings
  2. The sovereignty over life, Christ or fear
  3. The supervision directing life, Christ promotion or self-promotion

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