Endurance develops strength

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, February 2, 2015

Endurance is essential to faith and we will find our endurance has been worth it.

Amy Grenoble (Pennsylvania) shares her personal battle with an eating disorder and I would like to share her story titled “A NOTE FROM GOD” with you.

Scripture reading:

These verses introduce a section that contains some difficult concepts. To understand, it helps to keep in mind the two-sided reality of the Christian life. On the one hand, we are complete in Christ (our acceptance with him is secure). On the other hand, we are growing in Christ (we are becoming more and more like him). At one and the same time we have the status of kings and the duties of slaves. We feel both the presence of Christ and the pressure of sin. We enjoy the peace that comes from being made right with God, but we still face daily problems that often help us grow. If we remember these two sides of the Christian life, we will not grow discouraged as we face temptations and problems. Instead, we will learn to depend on the power available to us from Christ, who lives in us by the Holy Spirit. (NLT)

Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. – Psalm 31:24 (NRSV)

Here is Amy’s story:

“For many years, I have been battling an eating disorder. Initially, it was a response to teasing in elementary school. As I matured and developed a stronger self-image, the disorder faded. After years of feeling I was living a ‘healthy’ life, my disorder returned – stronger than ever. I was forced to leave my job and enter inpatient treatment. After nearly a month and a half in the hospital, then months in intensive outpatient care, I returned home. I still struggle daily to stay on the road to recovery. My days are filled with mental battles, prayers of desperation, attempts to repair injured relationships, and of course, appointments with healthcare providers.

“I confess I have harbored resentment toward Christians who declare they have heard the voice of God. Then one morning I had my own encounter with God. As I sat in my physician’s waiting room, my eyes were drawn to a scrap of paper lying at my feet. On it were the words, ‘Never give up. Never give in.’ A message from God? That’s what it felt like to me.

“I placed this anonymous encouragement where I can see it every day, and I accept with gratitude that God uses many methods to reach us and provide exactly what we need.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God speaks to us in many surprising ways.

Prayer: O God, thank you for seeking us and showering us with mercy even as we struggle. Strengthen us for our journey. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE BATTLING AN EATING DISORDER

To read other inspiring stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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ENDURANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/endurance/

STRENGTH, STRENGTHS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/strength-strengths/

CHARACTER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/character/

FAITH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/faith/

KNOWLEDGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/knowledge/

PROBLEMS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/problems/

PATIENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/patience/

APPLY, APPLICATION, APPLIED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/apply-application-applied/

CHRISTIANITY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/christianity/

SELF: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/self/

LIFESTYLE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/lifestyle/

PRESSURE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/pressure/

SUFFERING, SUFFER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/suffering-suffer/

PERSEVERANCE, PERSEVERE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/perseverance-persevere/

PROTECTION, PROTECTING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/protection-protecting/

CALL: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/call/

SATISFACTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/satisfaction/

PEACE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/peace/

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