We must keep our eyes on Jesus. There will be mountains, there will be valleys there will be storms, there will be waves crashing around us, but we need to keep our eyes on the one who initiates and perfects of our faith. Let’s not let those who oppose us cause us to shrink back since we have the confidence, hope, and faith in God knowing that we will be saved.
Integrity: Are you a person who possesses and steadfastly adheres to high moral principles and professional standards?
Principles: Are you a person who works, speaks, thinks, and acts with a standard of moral and ethical decisions that help drive you and move you forward?
Are you in an environment where it is valued? Are you in an environment of people who are like that with you? Or is it an environment of fear? A place where you are put in situation to do things out of fear rather than out of doing what is right?
Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless
So don’t be afraid in any way of those who oppose you. That will show them that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved. That’s what God will do.
When we stand up to intimidation from the enemy we encourage others and confirm our faith in the gospel of Christ.
So in order to keep yourself on the straight path, walking in principles and integrity, keep your eyes on Jesus – the author and perfector of our faith. Put your trust where it belongs and is deserved, not falling back or hesitating in fear, but boldly and courageously walking towards your calling and God’s desire and plans for your life.
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Enduring Like Jesus
(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)
Ever noticed there are two sides to every story? Ever tried to get to the bottom of something and so you talk to 2-3 people to understand what happened? Ever find that they don’t fully line up, but there are some similarities in the stories? Ever noticed there is the human side of the story as well as the God’s plan side of the story? Sometimes we may never get to the bottom of it unless we have God’s side which is the side that is the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
There are usually two sides to everything. The cross has two: a crucifixion side and a resurrection side. Jesus had to endure one side to get to the other. But if He hadn’t endured, then we’d all still be left without a Savior and no forgiveness of our sins.
In this life we will have to endure some bad things in order to get to see the other side. We need to be willing stand up and stand firm so that we can outlast the devil’s schemes so that we can see the other side.
Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus, for the joy of obtaining the prize on the other side of the cross, the resurrection, endured the pain. Like Jesus, we have to endure bad things. To endure means to outlast the devil; to be steadfast long enough to let the trial do whatever it’s going to do in our lives and get from one side of the cross to the other.
It’s all worth it. When we come out the other side we have a joy that goes beyond understanding. When we come out the other side we have a testimony that we can share to help build up, lift up, and encourage others as well as a new faith level that will help us to continue to press on and trust in God knowing that whatever comes our way, He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Whether we’re hit by an unexpected circumstance, suffering for doing something wrong or for resisting temptation and sin by doing what’s right, we have to go through things. But waiting for you on the other side of the hard times is the joy of obtaining the prize, the good result.
BE ENCOURAGED, GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH!
I remember getting the following notes a few years back and have placed it on my calendar as a daily reminder and every time the reminder pops up saying “Be encouraged! God knows what you’re going through.” I reflect on the truth and the following points.
- Wake Up! Decide to have a good day. “Today is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” – Psalm 118:24
- Dress Up! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “The Lord does not at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
- Shut Up! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. “He who guards his lips guards his soul.” – Proverbs 13:3
- Stand Up! For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. “Let us not be wearing in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up. There as we have opportunity, let us do goo…” – Galatians 6:9-10
- Look Up! To the Lord. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
- Reach Up! For something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
- Lift Up! Your prayers. “Do not worry about anything, instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.” – Philippians 4:6
Today, be encouraged by the way Jesus handled trials. He knew the joy that was before Him and persevered until the end. He’s given you the power to do the same.
God, I want to endure like Jesus. Help me to get a vision for the joy of obtaining the prize that awaits me so that I can endure whatever trial comes my way.
I praise You Lord for speaking to me right where I am. You know where I am and what I am going through and because of that You provide for my every need. You provide for my thoughts. You provide my for soul. You provide for my family. You provide for my peace. Lord, I will be encouraged through Your love and hope. I will trust in You and press forward knowing that on the other side it will all be worth it. I will trust in You knowing and believing that You have a plan that is greater than me and so I will lean not on my own understanding, but lean on You so that I may walk the path You have for me in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory. May my thoughts, my words, and my actions today Lord speak in a way that brings You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.