But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing. (James 1:4)
We're very fickle in our faith, aren't we? We are inconsistent, ambivalent. We sing "My faith looks up to Thee". . . until the medicine stops working, until the lights go out, until the bill comes due and we don't have what it takes to pay it. Until our grades slip or our career takes a turn or we loose a mate. . . .
How do we learn consistent faith? We learn it one day at a time. We learn it through endurance. James writes: "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance" (James 1:2-3). He's not talking about a will-o-the-wisp faith that starts out on the 100-meter sprint and, quicker than you think, is over. Anybody can handle that kind of faith. Anybody can take ten, fifteen, or twenty minutes of a test. But ten days or fifteen days, or a year, or two or three? Well, that's another matter. That's the enduring faith James is talking about.
This post has really hit home as far as I'm concerned. Enduring faith is exactly what I have been practicing (rather imperfectly). It was in 1992 when I was first diagnosed with abnormal brainwave activity (seizure disorder) and first attack later that year. Ever since, I have since experienced numerous seizures including one that lasted ten minutes that practically took my life and wound up having a 45-minute coma. And this is only the tip of the iceberg my friends.
I can go on and on about my struggles in the faith since coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in 1990, but I would prefer to meet with you and your church to testify about God's hand upon my life to this very day. How does that sound to you? Please forward all inquiries to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to minister at your church as God leads. My dear friends, that is called enduring faith!
Enduring faith never has nor will ever be easy. Enduring faith has a way of purging out everything that will hinder you in your walk with God. Enduring faith has a way that will forever reveal your true character in the face of adversity. It was enduring faith that as evolved into a more radical, stubborn faith when confronted with certain decisions that would change the course of my future. It is this same enduring faith that has already made the declaration that I have been healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ. It's also that same enduring faith that has me believing (and expecting) that a major financial breakthrough is on its way.
In other words. . . I have enduring faith!
What kind of faith do you have? Are you a sprinter in the faith or a marathon runner in the faith?
Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).