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The Endurance Ticket (5 of 6)
Series: Your Ticket to Life
Introduction: We begin this journey of punching the tickets to life with the free gift of salvation. But even with the free gift, one must believe, put faith in action, and then build upon that faith. We are to ''add,'' supply anything that is needed with a diligent effort. This is a partnership as these virtues grow out of Holy Spirit activity in our life. We now examine adding to our faith the endurance virtue.
I. YOUR TICKET TO LIFE
1. Ticket to Life: A special pass offered to you by Jesus to enter into specified places that requires someone to pay the costs of the ticket. The holder has faith to receive the tickets and enter.
2. Endurance Ticket: Hupomone is the ticket that enables us to stay on and finish our God course despite obstacles, difficulties, disappointments, or attacks. We refuse to consider giving up, expecting God to finish His work.
a. Endurance is defined as the power to withstand hardship and stress. It is the staying power of an aircraft in flight. It is the conditioning and time a person can exert energy during an aerobic act. It is a measure of persistence and stamina. It is the resolve to press forward in a highly stressful situation, working for a positive end-result.
b. Cliff Young was a 61 year old farmer who joined the Sydney to Melbourne race, a 5-day marathon over 543 miles. Cliff had never run a race, but he ran after his 2,000 sheep on 2,000 acres, so he ran on endurance and he won the race! How? He didn't sleep. He ran straight through and proved a 61 year old could defeat a 24 year old champion!
B. KEY VERSE
2 Peter 1:6, Damazio: …add to self-control endurance, steadfastness, perseverance, the strength to keep going, stay under, endure when facing adversity, never giving up.
II. THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUPOMONE
A. THE VIRTUE HUPOMONE IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC DEPOSIT
This virtue is not an automatic deposit; it is not ...
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