I’m about to continue unfolding this powerful acronym…
Before getting to that, let me share Habitation with you—A new worship album I will release next week (10 worship songs)—featuring a song I have performed many times on GOD TV, a prophetic intercessory song that declares what is soon coming upon us. Plus, 9 other worship songs that you will enjoy….
Let’s now continue to unfold F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P, the 10 letter acronym we started to explore on the previous post…
Being strengthened with all power… so that you may have great endurance and patience—Col. 1:11 (NIV) May the Lord direct your hearts into… the patience of Christ—2 The. 3:5
The second letter of this acronym stands for ENDURANCE.
For starters, you should know that in the New Testament, the words endurance, perseverance and patience often carry the same meaning. They mean: to be faithful in your God-given assignments (under pressure) without quitting.
Patience (in the N.T.) means way more than not being annoyed by someone. Or the common idea of “wait in line please, be patient.” What the apostles meant by patience was really endurance. Endurance to faithfully persevere in following Jesus (for decades) without quitting in your pursuit of God.
That’s why, we need the power of the Holy Spirit touching our soul… to impart endurance… to keep you from quitting during the dry and difficult seasons… to save you from backsliding under the growing pressure of immorality and lawlessness (that reigns in our time).
But endurance is for more than just “trials and temptations,” it’s for all kinds of pressure. Including the ultimate pressure: persecution and martyrdom. Something we don’t know much about in the western world. But guess what? According to Voice of the Martyrs more than 300,000 people are martyred every year (all around the world) because of their faith in Christ.
This extreme pressure may or may not happen to you. But make no mistake, before the Lord returns… persecution will escalate to global levels (Rev. 6:9-11). Something to keep in mind.
Specially when you consider the unbelievable stupid reasons why—spoiled Christians get offended today: “He didn’t look me right… she passed me by and didn’t say hello… I’m not getting the position I deserve.”
Dear Lord… what on earth are we going to do in the coming days? Think you got valid reasons for getting offended now? We’re definitely ready for the end of the age (:
Do yourself a favor…
Decide not to get offended for anything or by anyone ever again! “… that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ” —Phil. 1:10. If you make that decision and apply the next letter of this acronym will never get offended again—period—end of story.
So, be it for small or huge pressures, we need a daily impartation of endurance. We must ask the Lord to release this grace to our hearts.
Here’s a sample prayer:
“Father, strengthen me with endurance to do Your will and NOT quit under pressure. Give me endurance to seek your face when I pray and fast. Direct my heart into the patience and perseverance of Jesus. Grant me the strength to fulfill my calling, even when it’s dry and difficult. Empower me to endure and persevere. In Jesus name I ask. Amen”
Ready for the next letter of F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P?
Yes, the third letter is love. It would take an eternity of words to cover this one. But here are some key Bible verses to enrich your prayer language:
I pray, that your love may abound still more, in knowledge and all discernment—Phil. 1:9 The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit—Rom. 5:5 May the Lord make you in-crease and abound in love to one another—1 The. 3:12 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God—2 The. 3:5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength—Mk. 12:30 As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love—Jn. 15:9 That the love with which You loved Me may be in them—Jn. 17:26 May be able to comprehend… what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ—Eph. 3:17–19
It’s impossible to love (as God wants you to love) without the influence of the Holy Spirit. In order for your heart to “abound in love” (as Paul prayed for the Philippians), the Holy Spirit must empower you in four ways…
First, ask for a revelation God’s emotions for you to abound in our heart.
Second, ask Him to tenderize your heart so you can abound in love for Jesus, to love Jesus as the Father loves Him.
Third, ask Him to help you love yourself as God loves you (the ability to stop disliking yourself and see you as God sees you).
Fourth, ask the Lord to help you love others as He loves them, to feel for your neighbor (and enemy) as God feels.
As I said, it will take forever to fully explain each dimension of love. But for now, here’s a sample prayer:
“Father, pour out Your love into my heart. Fill my inner man with your Spirit that I may overflow in love for You and for others (Rom. 5:5). I desire to love Jesus as you love Him (Jn. 17:26). I ask for grace to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength (Mk. 12:30). I ask for more revelation, to comprehend Jesus’ love for me and for the wisdom to stay connected to His love (Jn. 15:9). Empower me to see myself and others through Your eyes. In Jesus name. Amen”.
That’s all for now…
What are your thoughts about this?
Leave your comments below…
Awesome Exposition. Very Insightful. We need these for a good preparation towards the LORD’S 2nd Coming. GOD bless. Anxiously awaiting the other letters in the acronym.
Thank you Pastor Rex, very encouraging (:
Dear Pablo, thank you again and again for these wonderful revelations.
Like a child that can’t wait to unrap his xmas gift, I eagerly await the next topics.
I love your “like a child” metaphor Mike – thank you (:
thanks for the wonderful revelation you are sharing with us. the Good Lord richly bless you with more. Tabitha.
You are welcome Tabitha, and yes, thank you for your prayer. I need more. I receive the rich blessings of the Lord in Jesus name!
Thank you for these wonderful and insightful words of wisdom. I am truly being blessed by them and eagerly awaiting the rest of the acronym.
May our good God continue to enrich and enlarge your territory.
Thank you Njanjo (:
Hey Pablo,Very revealing and insightful,it offers me a compelling desire not to quit but wait on him in whose wisdom Heaven and Earth were made.
May HE continue to enrich and preserve you!
Nothing should separate me with the love of God. To be precise, nothing should come a priority before my God.
Amen Alice (:
Thanks again. Offences abound but God will grant us more grace
That is the idea Adedapo, but… I will focus more on “GRACE ABOUNDS” – that’s a better approach.
thank you Pablo..for your message… the prayer points keep me tuned with Christ always .I am always anxious to read from you..when I am pressured every word spoken by people means alot to me, the message sent today is truly from God to me for a change..
Thank you Fumnanya… and you are not alone, 99.99% of people is pressured by “words” spoken by other people… no matter what they say, and no matter if they every admit it… “words” affect us all… that’s why we must learn to the art of living OFFENSE FREE, like the article above indicates.
These are some of the ingredients that we Christians need to make it to the end though it may not be easy but with God always at the center of our heart , He will always help us for GOD is LOVE and His mercy ENDURETH forever.
Thank you Pablo.
Endurance is center point of our hearts. If we allow ourselves to be offended so easily, create hatred, anger and rejection in our hearts then we shall lack the LOVE and PEACE that Lord Jesus Christ left for us. We cannot say we love Christ when we hate, are angry we our neighbors.
I agree Lucy, thank you for your insight.
DEAR PABLO, I AM DELIGHTED WITH YOUR TEACHINGS, GREAT REVELATIONS OF GOD. ENDURANCE AND LOVE VERY IMPORTANT TO GO EVERY DAY WITH JESUS AND NEVER QUIT.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS POWERFULLY
thank you Maria!