‘Patient endurance is what you need now.’ Hebrews 10:36 NLT
Satan studies you. He understands your strengths and weaknesses and knows how to push you to your limits. But when you keep standing, keep believing, and keep fighting, the Bible says, ‘Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown.’ (James 1:12 NKJV) The word ‘approved’ means that victory qualifies you for greater things. The word ‘endures’ means your character and tenacity are being tested.
You say, ‘How long will this trial last?’ Only God knows. Goliath defied the armies of Israel for 40 days (see 1 Samuel 17:16). Satan hindered Daniel’s prayers for 21 days (see Daniel 10:13). Satan is relentless, so you must be too. When it comes to prayer, your persistence overcomes his resistance. ‘Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord… Patient endurance is what you need now… Then you will receive all that He has promised.’ (Hebrews 10:35–36 NLT)
David didn’t get into trouble with Bathsheba until he left the battlefield (see 2 Samuel 11:1). So keep fighting, and God will come to your aid. He did it for Joshua. When Joshua needed extra time to defeat his enemies, God made the sun stand still and time stop (see Joshua 10:12). It seemed God was saying to him, ‘As long as the sun doesn’t go down, you won’t either, for the same power that’s holding it up is holding you up!’ When Jesus healed ten people with leprosy, the Bible says, ‘As they went, they were cleansed.’ (Luke 17:14 KJV) They were probably wondering, ‘When will it happen, and how will it happen?’ Faith doesn’t demand details and explanations; it just keeps moving forwards, believing God for the right result.
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