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Perseverance Builds Character

I would like you to read about “Perseverance Builds Character” by Steve Arterburn and down below are my comments.

Perseverance Builds Character

March 24, 2008 By
Steve Arterburn
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:36 HCSB
As you continue to seek God’s purpose for your life, you will undoubtedly experience your fair share of disappointments, detours, false starts, and failures. When you do, you’re facing one of those inevitable tests of character. Don’t become discouraged: God’s not finished with you yet.
The old saying is as true today as it was when it was first spoken: ‘Life is a marathon, not a sprint.’ That’s why wise travelers (like you) select a traveling companion who never tires and never falters. That partner, of course, is your Heavenly Father.
The next time you find your courage tested to the limit, remember that God is as near as your next breath, and remember that He offers strength and comfort to His children. He is your shield and your strength; He is your protector and your deliverer. Call upon Him in your hour of need and then be comforted. Whatever your challenge, whatever your trouble, God can help you persevere. And that’s precisely what He’ll do if you ask Him.
Perhaps you are in a hurry for God to help you resolve your difficulties. Perhaps you’re anxious to earn the rewards that you feel you’ve already earned from life. Perhaps you’re drumming your fingers, impatiently waiting for God to act. If so, be forewarned: God operates on His own timetable, not yours. Sometimes, God may answer your prayers with silence, and when He does, you must patiently persevere. In times of trouble, you must remain steadfast and trust in the merciful goodness of your Heavenly Father. Whatever your problem, He can manage it. Your job is to keep persevering until He does.
Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer. E. M. Bounds
Just remember, every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there! Barbara Johnson
Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Oswald Chambers Character builder
Are you being tested? Call upon God. God can give you the strength to persevere, and that’s exactly what you should ask Him to do.
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MY VIEWS ON SUFFERING WHICH LEADS TO CHARACTER BUILDING.
Suffering is part and parcel of this life.  We cannot escape suffering.  Suffering is necessary for mankind.  God allows suffering and through suffering He moulds human beings and shapes us into the kind of people that he wants us to be.
Different people suffer differently.
The suffering of the poor is different.  They lack food, clothing, clean drinking water etc and some children are deprived of education.  Those children who have lost their parents are deprived of all those things including Love.  Families that have been affected by Typhoons and Sunami have suffered tremendously and this is the time when the world comes in to play.  Social workers travel to these countries to be there in person to help those in affected areas.  
Some families have lost a few of their loved ones.  Some have lost all their loved ones and are left alone in the world.  Ofcourse this is tremendous suffering.  Our minds are not able to imagine such suffering.  But life has got to go on and this is where God comes in.  God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son to die for each one of us, so that we would have eternal life.  It is beyond my comprehension as to why God had to send His only Son to die for us. He could have found another way of saving us but the Mystery is that God chose to send His Son to die for us.
It is beyond my imagination.  God could have easily said, ‘Sorry, I cannot send my son to die for you and there is no other way, so all of you would have to perish’.  But He did not say so.  Imagine God’s Son dying on the cross, suffering so much humiliation, pain, torment and torture and the greatest suffering was that He allowed His Son, Jesus Christ who knew no sin to become SIN – to carry the sins of the world on His shoulders.  Then, furthermore, for a mother to stand by and see her son suffering and dying on the cross is simply horrific and unimaginable and that is what Mary did when she watched Jesus die on the cross.
Then again, in the bible we have the sufferings of Job.  He lost his entire family and fortunes and even his health.  Think of Abraham who willingly took his only son to be offered as a sacrifice. What suffering he would have gone through, mentally, and yet he was prepared to sacrifice his son because his love for God was tremendous.
Then, what about the suffering of the Israelites when they were slaves in Egypt.  Four hundred years of slavery is a very long time.  I guess we would find a lot of suffering in the bible. 
There is a lot of sin in the world – Horrific sin.  If only we were aware of all the sin in the world,  we would go mad and die.  So, there is suffering and death in the world because of sin.  There are no definite answers for questions regarding suffering.  All we can do is to look at Jesus who is God and Man and who knew no sin and did no evil and yet He died a humiliating death on the Cross between two thieves.  There is no answer but to live life only for God.  We must teach all peoples including children, especially those who live in areas where there is a lot of suffering to FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS CHRIST who is the AUTHOR OF SUFFERING AND YET HE WAS DIVINE.  We are only human and every human being suffers in various ways in this world.  Great sufferings come to the rich as well and all their money cannot alleviate their suffering.
It is important in this life to remember that the earth is our temporary home and that we are on a very dangerous and difficult journey and anything terrible can happen to us at any time.  We are all journeying to Our Goal, HEAVEN.  We came from heaven and we are journeying back to heaven.  So while we are on earth, there would be a lot of perils that we would face but WE MUST HAVE OUR EYES FIXED ON OUR GOAL : HEAVEN.  Each individual would come across different types of situations where they can come across a lot of suffering but the GREATEST SUFFERING THAT PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID IS THE DEATH OF ONE’S SOULJesus Christ in one of His parables mentioned that it is BETTER TO GO TO HEAVEN WITHOUT OUR LIMBS THAN FOR OUR WHOLE BODIES TO BE THROWN INTO HELL.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT OUR BODIES DO NOT MATTER, IT IS OUR SOULS THAT MATTER.  SO WHEN WE GO THROUGH TERRIBLE SUFFERING, WE NEED TO CLING TO THE CROSS & PRAY FOR GRACE TO BE SAVED. 
MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT THE WORLD IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE IN.  WE DO NOT SUFFER ALL THE TIME. GOD HAS GIFTED US THIS WONDERFUL WORLD FOR US TO ENJOY AND BE HAPPY.  SO EVERY HUMAN BEING GOES THROUGH VARIOUS SITUATIONS AND EXPERIENCES IN THEIR LIFE.  WE ARE ALL CALLED TO THINK MORE ABOUT OUR SOULS THAN OUR BODIES.
WHEN WE HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, WE DO EXPERIENCE DEEP DOWN IN OUR HEARTS A PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING.  HENCE IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WILL HELP US IN THIS LIFE.  IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE  PLENTY TO SHARE WITH THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
Life is very complex but God is not a cruel God.  Man does not suffer 24 x 7.  He goes through various types of experiences in his life.  He smiles, laughs, experiences great joy, is exhuberant, enjoys a lot of excitement, cries, falls sick, has a mental break downs etc. etc. but man is not alone for Jesus Christ journeys with Man.
Problems and difficulties do not last forever in a man’s life. God is with us and the GREATEST JOY THAT MAN EXPERIENCES IS WHEN HE IS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.  We are runners in a race and we must be overcomers and keep on running till we reach our Goal : HEAVEN.
 
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE REMINDED ABOUT THE WAY OUR ANCESTORS SUFFERED AND THOSE STORIES ARE IN THE BIBLE.  WE DO HAVE AWESOME STORIES IN THE OLD AND IN THE NEW TESTAMENTS.
WE NEED TO HELP CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE SUFFERING AT AN EARLY AGE TO UNDERSTAND THAT LIFE IS A JOURNEY AND THAT CHRIST WHO IS JOURNEYING WITH THEM WILL GRADUALLY  GIVE THEM THE ANSWERS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR

AND THIS IS CALLED EXPERIENCE. 
I have been thinking about the word EXPERIENCE. What is EXPERIENCE?  Experience is a situation in our lives that has a beginning and after a period of time, journeying in that situation, we learn to live and be OVERCOMERS.                                                                                                                                                                                                     We do need God’s Grace to be an OVERCOMER, so it is vital for us to pray for one another. 1Jn 5
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January 19, 2015 - Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Deliverance, Faith in God, Family, God, God's Love, Healing, Jesus Christ, Marriage, married couples, Overcomer, Poor, Singles, Solution to problems, Suffering, Youth

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