ENDURE || an All-day meditation ;)

I know, I need to hop back into my normal “random” blogging. Life has been  busy for me but for that I am thankful! :) Lord willing, I have a few exciting posts in the near future but for tonight I want to blog what I have been meditating on all day!

A little side note and challenge for younger ladies: A few years ago God impressed me to have my bible time first thing in the morning before checking email or text messages or even before I exercise. Why? Because what I do first thing usually follows me throughout the day and what I make priority first thing shows where my priorities are! :) I am reminded of Ps 16:8, “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” What I read or look at or say tends to be what I meditate on and what goes with me the entire day so what better way to start the day than in God’s Holy Word, setting the Lord before me as I start a new day?! :) I want to encourage y’all[if you aren’t already] to try this out and make a point of going straight to God’s Word in the morning before facebook or instagram or email or exercise and pray the Lord would use His word to encourage you throughout the day. :) Give it a try then let me know how it works for you! (:

→Back to today’s meditations!  This morning I sat and read Matthew 24 and made it to vs 13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”. To endure unto the end! Wow, I know what your thinking, I’ve had the same thought! On our own, we cannot endure any form of persecution for a single moment  and especially not to the END!!!! To endure means to “to suffer without yielding”. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to pain I am a wimp! ;) I know that apart from CHRIST I will crumble  in times of persecution but thank the Lord we do not stand and endure on our own! This is where it gets exciting!!!! :) 1 Cor 1:8, “HE shall also confirm(sustain, keep you firm) you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Why? Because GOD is faithful![1 Cor 1:9, 1 Thes 5:24!!!] It is not on our own or by our own strength that we will remain faithful in times of persecution but it is by the faithfulness of our Lord and His sustaining power! I am always reminded in one of my FAVORITE verses -Revelations 12:11- that we are promised the power to overcome the “accuser” by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our Testimony.  We will endure to the end and overcome by The Lord Jesus Christ. By His blood we  have been redeemed and ransomed out of the hands of Satan! As I read Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Revelations 12:11 this tidbit blessed me, ” The redeemed overcame by a simple reliance on the blood of Christ, as the only ground of their hopes.” He is the ONLY ground of our hopes. :) For me, this is far beyond encouraging as I move forward in faith knowing He will faithfully confirm|sustain|keep us unto the end and by HIM we will be able to endure persecution without yielding. Praise God, it is not of our own-selves! :) Random yes but that is my “all-day” meditation and it is my hope and prayer that it encouraged you in a small way. Happy Wednesday y’all! :)

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:8-9

 

ENDURE || Shiloh Photography-2

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Revelations 12:11

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"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword"; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 1:18-20

7 thoughts on “ENDURE || an All-day meditation ;)

  1. Dear Rachel,

    it was so inspiring to read all your thoughts ect!!
    So blessed by it!
    Thank you for taking time to write this down!

    I’m also concerned lately about our electronic gadgets that creep in the corners of our lives…
    It’s like a chain and you can be so easily bound by it!!
    But there is hope for us!
    We can change the way we use it!!!
    Fill our minds with God’s word is precious and so needful! Far more important than checking every email or page we follow!

    God bless you!

    Virginie

    1. “like a chain and you can be so easily bound by it” is a PERFECT analogy. Yes, there is hope and God is so gracious! I’m thanking the Lord you were encouraged by it. It has encouraged me to know this today! God bless you as you seek to honor Him in all you do. :) Colosians 3:17

  2. How encouraging and convicting, Rachel! <3 I heard on the radio (I kid you not, like two hours ago), that 1 in 5 people check their phones first thing in the morning, and most people check their phones 50+ times a day. So your post came at the perfect time!!! Xoxoxo

    1. I’m so thankful the Lord used this to encourage you, Keilah!! <3 I've been all the more reminded lately that The habits we form now(whether good or bad) will not only spiritually/physically/emotionally effect us into the future but also effect those watching us- especially our siblings and any future children the Lord may bless us with. Praying God gives us wisdom and strength to form good and godly habits for His glory! :)

  3. Praise the Lord who is able to sustain us and give us strength to persevere! We don’t have to fear the possible coming-in-the-near-future persecution because we have the Lord! He is our hope, our Rock, our Strength and our faithful Friend.

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