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Endure!

As you read 2 Timothy 2:11-13 a verse that is plain and simply put. You could even sing it, try the chorus of “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”, an old hymn, okay if you know me, music is not my forte. I may be completely wrong, but that song popped into my head, well the line “Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, Deeper than the mighty rolling sea.”

“11 Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;

12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;

13 if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.”

As I read this verse I am reminded that I will need to endure, to be with Him forever. Looking back over my life, there are many moments that I remember missing the mark of what Christ wants from me. I so desire to live up to this standard and I often fall flat on my face. Very similar to the time I was playing outside one winter day, I put on dress shoes to slide on the ice better, but when I walked along the neighbors wall, I  slipped and landed flat on my face, with my left arm somewhere between. It was several days later that I found out I had fractured my left arm. I remember that three foot fall vividly. I feel, that fall when I let down God and do not endure. It is when I try to walk on the wall without the correct shoes, or being firm in the Gospel, see Ephesians 6:15. Throughout my Christian walk I understand know that no matter what, because we live in an imperfect world, I will suffer. With Him, I will endure.

Live it out loud.

Love,
Mark

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June 3, 2010 - Posted by | Mark | , ,

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