Thursday, August 11 – Continue In The Faith




Thursday, August 11

Continue In The Faith

Topic: The Faith of Enoch was one of Perseverance, He walked with God All His Life!

strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

Acts 14:22 (NKJV)

So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he wasnot, for God took him.

Genesis 5: 23–24 (NKJV)

Daily Reading Plan

Isaiah 61-66

Bible Versions:

[NIV] 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

[NLT]  where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God

[MSG] putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.”

Thoughts of Devotion:

In this morning we can see that Enoch’s faith was one of perseverance. He walked with God daily for three hundred and sixty-five years. This shows us a faith that is firm and constant, what a model of faith was that of Enoch! In every day of his life, he did not let anything change him or move him from his firm faith and intimate relationship with God. He possessed a faith that pleased God as Hebrews 11:5 tells us, “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken, he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

The example of Enoch’s persevering faith and even the great examples of faith show us that a faith that perseveres will have to be continually tested, what a difficult time in life! In the many years that Enoch lived, he undoubtedly had to go through moments of trials and struggles, but it is very clear that he never abandoned his walk with God! He went ahead with his faith in God. His relationship with him was so strong that it led him to persevere in his journey of faith to the end.

Today we must persevere in our faith. We cannot leave our journey halfway because our situation becomes difficult. In Acts 14:22 the Apostle Paul tells us, “Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” In this year, determine not to leave your journey. The Holy Spirit wishes to strengthen your trust and firmness in the Lord. Despite the many tribulations and trials your faith will only get stronger and as you continue your journey of faith.

Foundational Scriptures:

Acts 15:32 (NKJV) – 32 32 Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets also, exhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words.

Acts 11:23 (NKJV) – 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.

Acts 13:43 (NKJV) – 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

John 8:31 (NKJV) – 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

John 15: 4 (NKJV) – 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

1 Corinthians 15: 1–2 (NKJV) – 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

Colossians 1:23 (NKJV) – 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Hebrews 10:35 (NKJV) – 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Acts 9:16 (NKJV) – 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Acts 20:23 (NKJV) – 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.

Matthew 10:22 (NKJV) – 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 10: 38–39 (NKJV) – 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

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