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Overseas Ministries Report: God at Work in Brazil
02/08/2019 18:28 em Novidades

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Are You In It for the Long Haul?

 

So who do you trust today? What do you trust today? Do you trust your sight?

Or do you trust what God knows? Faith isn’t shortsighted. You can live longer,

better, and see farther when you put your faith in the God who made you.

What battle is making you weary right now?

 

If you work in an environment where everything is affirmed except faith in Christ, you may find that,

over time, the ongoing erosion of an increasingly hostile culture begins to wear you down.

If you are going through a stale time in your marriage or facing difficulties with a rebellious son or

daughter, you may find that, over time, your energy drains and it is harder to keep going.

Maybe you have been battling against a particular sin and, for a while, you made progress. But then the

old temptation reared its ugly head and, having fallen again, it’s hard to find the energy to get up and

press on. You feel that you are running out of steam. You say to yourself, “I don’t know how much

longer I can do this.” So how do you stay the course when you are tired of the battle?

The big question is, “How? How can I ‘never tire’? How can I go the distance as a Christian? How can I

have patience with my children and perseverance in my job?”

There’s a marvelous nugget at the beginning of 2 Thessalonians that helped me when I saw it and has

continued to help me, especially when I get tired of the battle. Paul says,

Your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.

Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance... (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 NIV)

Perseverance is the fruit of growing in faith and increasing in love. Deepening your faith and renewing

your love will enable you to stay the course even when you are tired of the battle.

I’ve found that the times when I get discouraged usually turn out to be times when I have lost sight of

what the Lord is doing or lost confidence in what He is able to do in my own life and in the lives of the

 

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