Week 5 – 2/08/2016
II Timothy 2:11-13
This Week – Can you define the word endurance? Or is it one of those words that you have a sense of the meaning, but not sure you can define it? Endurance can be physical or emotional. But endurance has a spiritual component. It’s about spiritual endurance that we talk about all this week on CrossHope.
Monday – The text we study this week is actually thought to be a hymn in the early church! It opens with, “If we die with Him, we will live with Him. If we endure, we will reign with Him.” Endurance is an important word to the Lord. Endurance means to last in spite of opposition; it’s keeping on in spite of setbacks in life. What do you endure for the Lord?
Tuesday – We begin with the phrase, “If we die with Him, we will live with Him.” We all know people that have died with anger, bitterness, or resentment. To die with Christ is to recognize the power of the cross in every aspect of our lives. The cross “defines” who we are and what we do! What defines you?
Wednesday – The second phrase says, “If we endure, we will reign with Him”. What is it you feel that you have to endure in your life? We share a story told by Christian psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud talking about things we endure that may surprise you. The third phrase is frightening: “If we disown Him, He will also disown us!” If that’s true, it’s one of the most frightening statements in the New Testament.
Thursday – We tell the true story of missionaries who discovered the faithfulness of God in a life and death situation in Peru, South America. They discover, at least for them, God worked in their “praise and endurance” in a powerful way. This story may speak to your life. The Bible says that “God inhabits the praise of His people”. Do you and I offer God a place to inhabit with our praise?