sermonette: Spiritual Endurance
Our Spiritual Race
Given 20-Sep-03; Sermon #631s; 13 minutes
Bill Onisick, drawing upon the analogy of the grueling Tour de France bicycle marathon, points out that the most grueling set of trials (actually constituting one huge timed endurance test ) is our overcoming and preparation for entrance into God's Kingdom. Like the intense training required by athletes, we must incrementally increase our endurance by intense training and being subjected to multiple trials of varying length. We will certainly be tempted to give in, but we must develop ironclad patience and tenacity, staying focused on the joy of the finish line, following the lead of our Savior, Elder Brother, and Training Coach Jesus Christ. We must remember that God will never give us a trial or test beyond our capability of enduring. Prayer, Bible study, meditation, and fasting constitute our training exercises, while our tests and trials serve as metaphorical weights and barbells, incrementally strengthening us for greater performance and service.
Courage Endurance Focus Joy Moses Multiple trials Patience Tenacity Tests of endurance Persecution Perseverance Road stages Satan's roadblocks Spiritual training Training Trials