"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had." Romans 15:5
Earlier this year, Sunrise Church launched “40 Days of Transformation,” an emphasis on change from within. People reported their lives were changed by giving God their time, resources and mostly their lives. God works through transformation, and He continually supplies us with hope and endurance, as the verse above teaches. If people want real change, they need to ask God to transform them.
What about our homes? Is any home or situation hopeless? Paul points out in the verse above that God provides both encouragement and endurance, but God also enlists our cooperation. Many suppose their family life is beyond repair. Others have given up hope that their marriage or family will ever significantly improve. But such conclusions run contrary to this verse. Let’s break down the verse:
1.) God provides endurance.
Even the Apostle Paul wrote that he was “under pressure, far beyond our ability to endure” (2 Corinthians 1:8). Paul, on his own, had no ability to withstand daily pressures. Neither can a husband or a wife. Families today struggle with complex issues too difficult to solve on their own. But God provides the strength to persevere through it all. Pray to God that He would fill you with a spirit of endurance, then continue serving your family as God would have you to do.
2.) God provides encouragement.
Paul would also praise God, noting that God “comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). When we feel hopeless and helpless, God comes alongside us to lift up our hearts with new inspiration and hope.
1.) Pour out your troubles to God, and never yield to discouragement.
2.) Believe that God can transform your family, despite hurdles you may face.
3.) Stay faithful even though your family is not where it will be one day.
4.) Never yield to discouragement, but instead commit your way to God and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).
5.) Do not compare your family to others; all families struggle to one degree or another.
In conclusion, God never leaves us where we’re at, but directs our steps to where He wants us to go. Stay faithful, and God will reward your obedience with blessings and the joy of the Lord.
Posted on Fri, May 17, 2013
by Sam Petitfils