feast: Motivation to Endure
Keeping the Goal in Mind
John O. Reid (1930-2016)
Given 23-Oct-97; 80 minutes
There are four factors that will boost a person's resolve to endure sore trials such as being a prisoner of war: (1) Hope (that the war would end) (2) Faith (in the ability to tough it out) (3) Vision (of being able to escape), leading to a (4) Determination (or mindset not to give in.) We can profitably apply these four factors to our Christian lives. Hope consists of the expectation of good. Faith consists of holding fast to the body of beliefs we have been given. Vision (prophetic understanding of our future role in the Kingdom of God) derives from keeping God's Law. Without daily contact with God in prayer and Bible study, and without continual contact and encouragement from our brethren, we run the risk of losing the determination to persevere or never giving up. God has already assured us that He has all the factors of our present and future trials under His control.
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