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Faith That Endures

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20-21 (KJV)
Faith seems simple and easy what all goes right. It is easy to say “I will be faithful to death” when there are no clouds on the horizon. None of us knows how we would react in the face of dying for our faith unless we have faced that threat. We know how we hope we would act, but there is no certainty.
As Paul thought about the possibility of dying, he saw it as another opportunity to bear witness for Christ. He wanted to speak with boldness, with the freedom that comes from knowing he was where God wanted him to be and that he was doing what God wanted him to do. It was a freedom that came only from the presence of God’s Spirit in his life and from knowing that God was in control of the situation. All that mattered was that Christ be exalted. It made no difference to him whether he lived or died. He could see advantages to both. To live meant that Christ was living and working in him–but death was gain. The trials of earthly life would be gone. Fellowship with Christ would be richer and more wonderful beyond the grave. Faith gave Paul confidence to face the possibility of death with courage.
Our faith has the same quality of endurance. For faith is commitment to God and to His Son, Jesus Christ. And faith knows that God is in control of all things and is in the process of bringing to pass His eternal purpose. There is no reason for faith to falter. It can face the unknown challenges of the future, because the nature of faith is endurance.

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