There is nothing, naturally speaking, that makes us lose heart quicker than decay—the decay of bodily beauty, of natural life, of friendship, of associations, all these things make a man lose heart; but Paul says when we are trusting in Jesus Christ these things do not find us discouraged, light comes through them.
The Place of Help
- Verse 9, Jesus says: “be not terrified”
- Verses 14-15, He says: “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom”
- Verse 26, He says: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear”
- Verse 28, like a cake with whip cream and a strawberry on top He says: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.”
Jesus died for you,
He is saving your soul.
- tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely, firm, tight, fast, clinging; persisting in existence; not easily dispelled.
not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined, persevering, persistent, determined, strong-willed, resolute, patient, steadfast
To be tenacious is more than endurance, persistence or hanging on. Tenacity is effort into making you what you remain in what you believe, even fighting to protect those beliefs. Suppose you live your entire life as a Christian, but you lived everyday with anxiety attacks, with bitterness, or other sins like stealing, lying or fornicating- do you think you will win in the end? No I don’t think you will receive eternal life, God says faith pleases Him. If you repent last minute, I’m sure you will but if you die in a panic attack I highly doubt so. It’s similar to suicide, they end up in hell because they lacked faith in Jesus Christ.
If we worry, we demonstrate that we are not in faith. If we steal we demonstrate we are not in faith. If we smoke for comfort we demonstrate we are in faith. If we fornicate, for pleasure, comfort or love, we are not in faith. Why do I say that? if we worry, we do not trust that God has our best in mind. If we steal, we show God we do not trust He provides. If we commit suicide, we show God he is not able to chance our lives of suffering or problems. So please work on your issues, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight.
Father God, although your mercy is new every morning, we continue to fail you and doubt the veracity of your word. Please look at those things some may cling to like secret comforts and escapes, to deal with life’s challenging times. Whether it’s substance abuse, fornication, gossip, enjoying worldly things or any other sin which separates us from you, I first ask for forgiveness. I ask for each person to receive repentance in their hearts and minds, and for liberation from ourselves. I pray for your spirit to renew our hearts and minds. I pray for those in leadership who are going through apathy, resentment or superiority and Lord I ask that you give us all a tenacious spirit to fight against all things that raise themselves above knowing the true and living God. In Jesus name, Amen.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain;