UNSWERVING ENDURANCE

by Tammy Phillips
September 2, 2020

When God gifts us a gift of light, whether it be enlightening scripture that strengthens, good news that brightens, a song that makes our soul soar, or a simple word of encouragement, we cannot let anyone steal it.  We cannot let the enemy steal our joy nor turn off the light switch that God has turned on.  

I just finished a fast for the month of August.  Unexplainably, Holy Spirit refreshed and poured into me, as I spent time in His word seeking Him.  I feel like I have been on a trip with Him around the world.  September 1st appeared and immediately the enemy tried to move me into fear and extinguish the joy and light.  I heard the Accuser taunt: “Remember the last extended trip you took with Lord? Remember the crap that hit the fan?  Remember how painful that was?”

I responded, “I will not fear. No weapon formed against me will prosper.”  He kept nagging.  And then God in all His glory had this verse waiting:

“Moreover, let us also be full of joy NOW! Let us exult and triumph In our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and UNSWERVING ENDURANCE. (Romans 5:23 AMPC)

Be full of joy!  Triumph over troubles and that is plural.  Troubles are coming.  “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory in Christ Jesus!”   Be victorious, not in only one trouble, but in troubles.  Rejoice in sufferings. What?  If we choose to rejoice in suffering, what are we doing?  We are saying to the enemy, “You cannot turn out my Light.  You might try to hit the dimmer switch, but the Light is still on.  You will not move me from the promises of God.  God said that I would get through this to the other side.”     Troubles, sufferings, pressure, afflictions, and hardship produce UNSWERVING ENDURANCE. 

After combining a few definitions of unswerving, this what I determined it to mean:  Do not waver or wander. Do not turn aside from a straight line of course or ruled of duty. Do not depart From what is established by law, duty or custom. Do not deviate. Stay the course. Be resolute.

God uses  all troubles to keep us on course!  Unswerving, staying on course, endurance!

Watch what God did to further encourage!  I went to Tuesday prayer at LifePoint Church, Pastor Stephanie Burnette, dropped  this Ephesians 5:15 bomb on the enemy who was trying to turn off my light.  

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.”  I discovered that the word circumspectly makes this verse actually read like this:

“See then that you walk the most-straightest, the most exact not as fools but as wise.” Unswerving endurance.

Unswerving was such a weird word, I dug deeper to see if there was more treasure hidden in God’s word.  BAM!

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)

See it?  Hold on unswervingly to the hope!  Hold on unswervingly to light, the word, the hope that God has given.  It does not matter how the enemy taunts because he is a LIAR and because …GOD WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL! We can count on Him, ever time.  Next…

“For you have need of UNSWERVING ENDURANCE, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised. He 10:36

Unswerving endurance helps us walk the straight line, stay focused, avoid distractions, be resolute, do God’s purposes and enjoy what He has promised!

What a promise! Stand firm, and you will win life. (Luke 21:19 NIV). Unswerving endurance leads to victory!!!

Lastly, look what Joel says about the army of God in Joel 2:7-11:

They climb barricades.  Overcome obstacles.  Nothing stops them. Each soldier does what he’s told, so disciplined, so determined. Each one knows his job and does it. Undaunted and fearless, unswerving, unstoppable…Look at the size of that army! And the strength of those who obey him! 

I encourage you to “comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them make them steadfast and keep them unswerving in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:17).  “We have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.  The best of the three is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13 (MSG) #RESOLUTE2020

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