Today's message is on Perseverance - something all of us need to remain devoted to Christ. Without perseverance we will find ourselves constantly running away from difficulties.
Jesus came to save us from our sins, yes, but also to set us free from the hurtful things that can nag at us all of our lives and rob us of lasting joy.
- Are you living with something painful today that you thought would never happen to you?
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV
Yes we will have trouble, plenty of it, but how will we deal with it?
- Endure - to hold up courageously under pressure
- Persevere - to strive, persist, rather than give up.
In the OT, Joseph is a study in perseverance.
Joseph was the 11th of 12 sons of the patriarch Jacob. He was the first born of Rachael, Jacob's true love. When his younger brother Benjamin was born, Rachel died in childbirth. We don't know how old Joseph was when this happened.
Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph-a beautiful robe. But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn't say a kind word to him. Genesis 37:3-4 NLT
Joseph had prophetic dreams that his brothers /family would bow down to him in the future. He spoke openly of his dreams.
His brothers behaved poorly in many ways and Joseph reported this to his father ! His brothers hated him for his dreams and bad reports.
One day Jacob sent the older brothers to find pasture for his sheep. Joseph stayed behind until Jacob wanted a report. So Joseph went to check on his brothers. And his troubles began that would call for GREAT endurance and perseverance.
When Joseph's brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made pla ...
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