The Rewards Of Perseverance

If you’re wearing out waiting on God, watch this message!  You’ll hear about the great rewards for perseverance.  God is faithful.  He will answer.  He will come through, not only for you, but for those who will be touched by what he does for you. (Recorded December 6, 1998)

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Daniel 2:1-30

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed.

When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.”

Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble.  But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.”

Once more they replied, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided:  If you do not tell me the dream, there is just one penalty for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.”

The astrologers answered the king, “There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.  What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.”

This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon.  So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact.

He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel.

At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.  Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.  He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.  He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.   I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”

Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.”

The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these:

“As you were lying there, O king, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.  As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”

(After Daniel tells him the dream and the interpretation…)

Daniel 2:46-49

Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him.

The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”

Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.  Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.

Outline

1.  The Rewards for Us – Both Now and Later

God rewards those who earnestly seek him

Psalm 27:14

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Matthew 5:11-12

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

2. The Rewards for Others – Good Fruit is Born

He chose us to bear fruit.

John 15:8

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15:16

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit– fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

3. How to Persevere?  Remain in Him

Apart from Christ, we can do nothing.

John 15:1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Story:  The Painting

Transcript

Hi and Merry Christmas, this is Eric Elder broadcasting Live from The Ranch.

I want to encourage you tonight that there are rewards to perseverance. You may be going through some things right now where you are not sure you can endure, and you are not sure you want to endure. Well, I want to encourage you that it is worth it to endure.

Your endurance is not in vain. And your perseverance will not go without a reward. God will give you two kinds of rewards: First, You will get rewards here on earth and second, you will get rewards in heaven. Thirdly today, I want to tell how you can persevere.

If you will take a look at your Message Notes, there is a chapter in Daniel that I would like you to take a look at. Daniel 2, and if you will look at the Message Notes on your screen you will be able to read that. I am going to play a portion of music here so you will have plenty of time to read Daniel 2:1-30.

The reason I want to point you to this passage is to show you that Daniel is in a position of life and death. He was in a position where he had to hear from God. If he didn’t hear from God his very life was at stake. God miraculously and mysteriously came through and spoke to Daniel and many people were saved through it. Daniel was blessed by it, other people were blessed by it, and Daniel went on to be the second in command over all of that country. I just want you to read that in Daniel and take a look at the predicament he was in and how God got him out by his perseverance.

Daniel 2

I love that story in Daniel it is so good. When it gets to that part and he has to explain the dream to the king. Here the king of Babylon has asked him an impossible task and he says, “I want some wise man, some prophet to tell me what my dream was and interpret it.” The other wise men and prophets say, “There is no one who can do such a thing.” But Daniel, when he hears of this decree he says, “I will interpret that for you.”

He prays to God, he says, “God, show me whether this dream is from you or not and how to interpret it.” During the night, it says, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. He praises God and he says,. During the night, it says, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. He praises God and he says,. . . “He reveals deep and hidden things. He knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with Him.”

When the king asked Daniel, “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it.” Daniel replies, “No wise man can do that. No man on earth can do that. But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.” He goes on to say,

“There is the revealer of mysteries who has shown you what is going to happen. As for me this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom that the other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what when through your mind.”

When the king hears the interpretation he says to the Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” The king lifted Daniel up put him in a high position and lavished many gifts on him.

God used that time of answering Daniel and answering that plea that Daniel said. He used it to blessed Daniel, raise him to a high position, to made his name known to the king, and to spare the people of Israel as Daniel’s life went on to play out. As he prayed for other people, God spared an entire nation through those later prayers. So Daniel very much had a purpose to remain alive and God kept him alive by revealing the mysteries of heaven to him.

Rewards for Us – Both Now and Later

You may be in a position where you are saying, “God, please come through. I don’t know if I can persevere any longer.” I just want to tell you it is worth the wait. Let me tell you from my personal experience, I was in Israel one night at the home of a Muslim family. I was sleeping in that home in a bedroom that had bullet holes in the windows. They assured me that there had been no violence there recently. I was sleeping there because God had called me to go to Israel.

He called me to quit my job and to go to Israel and he told me to visit two spots over there. This was about day seven or eight while I was on this trip living with this Muslim family in the West Bank in Israel. I was starting to become very discouraged and saying, “God, why in the world did you call me here? Why is this that I am here and in dangerous situations and in a dangerous country?” Having just left my job, I said, “God, I need you to show up, I need to hear from you.” As I went to bed that night I read this Psalms 27:14

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope and expect the Lord.”

I put my CD walkman in my ears and I went to sleep that night listening to praise music and listening to the glories of God and just saying, “God, I am waiting for you. I am expecting you. I am hoping that You would show up.”

That next day God answered one of my significant prayers which was to bring someone there, to anoint me with oil for the purpose that God had called me into ministry. I had no idea how God was going to answer that. That next day after I had prayed this and after I had read this Psalm, that said it was worth it to wait for the Lord and expect the Lord. That next day I got up and went to the temple mound, the temple where Solomon built was located. Right there a man from Kentucky showed up and started talking to me about praying for the sick. He asked me if I had ever had luck using anointing oil to pray for the sick. I asked him, “Do you do that?” He said, “Yes, I do.” I said, “Boy, I have just been praying that God would send someone to anoint me with oil for the purpose that He’s called me to.”

That man and I walked for the next couple of hours down the Via Del La Rosa, which is the way of the cross, the way that Jesus went. At the crucifixion site that man anointed me, he put oil on my head and said, “I commission you and send you out in the name of Jesus to do the purpose for which He’s called you.” That day, God spoke to me and said, “Eric, this is why I brought you to Israel. I brought you to the place where Jesus died so that I could now send you out into the world and gather my people and help bring my people back in to the new Jerusalem that will come down from heaven one day when Jesus returns.”

It all happened the night after I read that scripture in Psalms, that says, “Wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” I am going to pray later in the night that you will have the strength and the courage and the enduring heart to wait for the Lord as well.

Part of our faith is believing that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him. In fact, the Bible says in Hebrews that without this kind of faith it is impossible to please God.

Look in Hebrews 11:6 “we must believe that God exists and we must believe that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

This is what the Bible tells us. We must believe not only that He exists but that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him. If you are earnestly seeking God I can assure you, based on my experience, but even more so based on the Word of God that He will reward you. If you earnestly seek Him, He will reward you.

Now that reward may come here on the earth or it may come in heaven. Either way you will get your reward. I got a letter a few years ago from a very famous author. He has written many books, more books than anyone else in America has. He had written a letter to some of his supporters and I happened to be on his mailing list. He was not a Christian. He believed in things that were not of God.

He started the letter like this, “You will get your reward in heaven” (he puts that in quotes) then he followed it with this, “We’ve all heard that empty promise before”. Here’s a man very intelligent, very smart, writer of many many books and yet he called what Jesus said and empty promise.

Now many people believe that Jesus is a good man. Many people believe that He is a moral teacher. I don’t know of many people who have called Jesus a liar. Not outright like that. Yet, he called Jesus a liar, by saying that was an empty promise, “that you will get your reward in heaven.” Here is what Jesus said in Matthew 5:12 “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”

Many places in Scripture God speaks about the rewards we will get in heaven. Jesus himself speaks about the rewards that we will get in heaven when we earnestly seek God, when we earnestly seek to do His work. We will get rewards here on earth, it says in this age and in the age to come we will be rewarded. But they are not always in this age.

You may be discouraged just like John the Baptist was. After he had baptized many many people in the name of Jesus, after he had baptized many people to repent of their sins, he was in prison and he asked this questions, “Jesus are you the one who is to come? Or should we wait for someone else?”

He got discouraged towards the end of his life and eventually he was beheaded. Yet, Jesus said about him, “Greater man had not walked on the earth than John the Baptist.” John the Baptist will get his reward in heaven. We can be assured of that.

Paul here is some of the rewards he got here on earth: to this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, and we are homeless. But, Paul left a legacy to all of us by writing much of the New Testament. In fact, words in the book of Romans that inspired me to have a faith in God 2000 years later. Paul finished the race well. He is getting his reward in heaven.

Jesus himself died on a cross, died a gruesome death while He was here on earth. But, He has been raised to the right hand of God and was given all authority over heaven and earth. Even if we don’t get our reward on earth, which I believe we do get rewards on earth. I believe many of these people I mentioned saw much of their reward on earth. There is even a greater reward waiting for us in heaven. It is no empty promise. Jesus Himself promised us that great is your reward in heaven.

 

Rewards for Others – Good Fruit is Born

Now these are the rewards just for YOU. Tonight I said I would talk about two kinds of rewards. One was rewards for you. The other is rewards for others. Here is how the reward system works. We get rewards just by carrying out God’s commands. But God gets rewards because other people are born from fruit from our lives. Good fruit comes from disciples of Jesus. That is the reward. It is a blessing to others and well as to us when we do what God tells us to do.

Look in John 15:8 this is why he chose us, it says, to bear fruit. Jesus said, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

Again in John 15:16 he says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

See how God blessed people through Daniel. God not only saved Daniel’s life and elevated him to a high position but He also saved an entire people. He saved all of the other prophet’s lives as well as a nation of Israel.

He also did this for David. When David fought against Goliath God saved David by letting David throw one stone and it killed Goliath on the spot. Also God made his name (David’s) known throughout that entire part of the world and He also raised David up to be king over one of the greatest nations that ever ruled on the earth. They were victorious, all those people, over many nations. God not only saved David but He saved an entire group of people through David.

Jonah was the same way. God saved him out of the mouth of the whale. As Jonah went and did what God told him to do He saved 120,000 people in the city of Ninevah by preaching to them that they needed to repent and receive what God had offered them. Which were their very lives back.

Paul was the same way. He was crucified, they say in the history books, upside down. Yet, much of the New Testament was written by him. I am one of Paul’s fruit. I am fruit from what Paul had done while he was here on this earth. God had not only saved Paul’s life when he was in a bad state himself. He saved Paul’s life and He called him to a purpose. He called him to a purpose, which was to bear fruit. That fruit has changed many people’s lives throughout the history.

So God not only rewards you when you do what He asked you to do, but he also rewards others. You yourself are a reward to God.

How to Persevere? Remain in Him

The question is how to persevere? You want to persevere. You know it is good. You know it is good for you here on earth and in heaven. You also know it is good for others if you persevere. But how do we do it? How can we get the strength that we need to persevere?

John 15 tells us, remain in Christ, abide in Christ, and dwell in Christ. Here’s what it says in John 15:4-5

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in ME. I am the vine you are the branches. If a man remains in ME and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from ME you can do nothing.”

Remain in the vine and God will give you the strength to persevere. It is just like that vine is growing up, Jesus is the vine and we are these branches off of it, and as we stay in the vine we get strength, we get nourishment, we get encouragement from Jesus, the Giver of life. If we distance ourselves from the vine we will find ourselves fading and weak. But as we come back and remain in the vine and stick with Jesus, hang onto Jesus, cling to Jesus we will bear much fruit.

In a newer translation of the Bible called the “The Message”, (now just take this to heart) this is what God wants you to do, this is what Jesus is calling you to do, “Live in Me, make your home in Me, just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch cannot bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine. You cannot bear fruit unless you are joined with Me. I am the vine you are the branches. When you are joined with me and I with you the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated you cannot produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is dead wood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listed to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who He is. When you produce grapes, when you mature, as my disciples. Live in Me, make your home in Me, just as I do in you.”

This is the way to persevere. This is the way to get your strength. Come back to Jesus, hang onto Jesus, cling to Jesus, and fix your eyes on Jesus – the Author and Perfector of our faith.

I want to say a prayer for you if you are eager to remain in Christ. I also want to conclude with a story that if you don’t know Christ, I pray it would just make it very clear to you how important it is to cling to Jesus and to come to Jesus. I just want to take a minute to just let you pray on your own and to look over these scriptures on your Message Notes. Just ask God to open your heart while I play a song. I just want you to say, “God, help me to persevere. Give me the strength.” When we come back after this short pause I will pray with you and I will ask God to come through on your behalf. I will share with you a touching story that I don’t think you will want to miss.

I received this story on the Internet this week and just let me share this with you. First, we watched last night a Christmas program at a church and there is a particular scene that touched me as God spoke to Joseph. While he was doubting and wondering whether he should divorce Mary. And while he was in his dilemma wondering, we saw a touching scene last night, when God was speaking to Joseph. As Joseph doubted whether Mary’s child really was from God, he was considering divorcing her. As he pondered this and debated over this and wondered over how Mary could possibly do this to him. He fell asleep. The angel of God spoke to him and said, “Joseph, this is what is right. This is from God. Mary is going to bear a child and you are going to give him the name Jesus.” Joseph woke up and did what God called him to do. It was revelatory to me just that God would speak in a dream like that. He would speak the very name of Jesus in a dream. That is what Joseph needed to hear right then. Joseph needed a word from God. He was torn apart in his heart, he was torn apart over what was going on. He didn’t know what to do; he came to God and pleaded out to God. God said, “Joseph, this is absolutely from me and here’s what I want you to do.” I pray that God will do the same for you.

Here’s a story called –

The Painting:

Once there was a father and son who were very close and enjoyed adding valuable art pieces to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate.

The widowed, elder man looked on with satisfaction, as his only child became an experienced art collector. The son’s trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father to beam with pride as they dealt with art collectors around the world.

As winter approached, war engulfed the nation, and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks, his father received a telegram. His beloved son was missing in action.

The art collector anxiously awaited more news, fearing he would never see his son again. Within days, his fears were confirmed. The young man had died while rushing a fellow soldier to a medic.

Distraught and lonely, the old man faced the upcoming Christmas holiday with anguish and sadness. The joy of the season, a season that he and his son had so looked forward to, would visit his house no longer.

On Christmas morning, a knock on the door awakened the depressed old man. As he walked to the door, the masterpieces of art on the walls only reminded him that his son was not coming home. As he opened the door, a soldier greeted him with a large package in his hand.

He introduced himself to the man by saying, “I was a friend of your son. I was the one he was rescuing when he died. May I come in for a few moments? I have something to show you.” As the two began to talk, the solider told of how the man’s son had told every one of his, not to mention his father’s, love of fine art. “I’m an artist,” said the soldier, “and I want to give you this.”

As the old man unwrapped the package, the paper gave way to reveal a portrait of the man’s son. Though the world would never consider it the work of a genius, the painting featured the young man’s face in striking detail. Overcome with emotion, the man thanked the soldier, promising to hang the painting above the fireplace.

A few hours later, after the soldier had departed, the old man set about his task. True to his word, the painting went above the fireplace, pushing aside thousands of dollars of paintings. And then the man sat in his chair and spent Christmas gazing at the gift he had been given.

During the days and weeks that followed, the man realized that even though his son was no longer with him, the boy’s life would live on because of those he had touched. He would soon learn that his son had rescued dozens of wounded soldiers before a bullet stilled his caring heart. As the stories of his son’s gallantry continued to reach him, fatherly pride and satisfaction began to ease the grief.

The painting of his son soon became his most prized possession, far eclipsing any interest in the pieces for which museums around the world clamored. He told his neighbors it was the greatest gift he had ever received.

The following spring, the old man became ill and passed away. The art world was in anticipation! Unmindful of the story of the man’s only son, but in his honor, those paintings would be sold at an auction.

According to the will of the old man, all of the art works would be auctioned on Christmas day, the day he had received his greatest gift.

The day soon arrived and art collectors from around the world gathered to bid on some of the world’s most spectacular paintings. Dreams would be fulfilled this day; greatness would be achieved as many would claim “I have the greatest collection.”

The auction began with a painting that was not on any museum’s list. It was the painting of the man’s son. The auctioneer asked for an opening bid. The room was silent. “Who will open the bidding with $100?” he asked. Minutes passed. No one spoke. From the back of the room came, “Who cares about that painting? It’s just a painting of his son. Let’s forget it and go on to the good stuff.” More voices echoed in agreement.

“No, we have to sell this one first,” replied the auctioneer. “Now, who will take the son?” Finally, a friend of the old man spoke. “Will you take ten dollars for the painting? That’s all I have. I knew the boy, so I’d like to have it. I have ten dollars.”

“Will anyone go higher?” called the auctioneer. After more silence, the auctioneer said, “Going once, going twice. Gone.” The gavel fell. Cheers filled the room and someone exclaimed, “Now we can get on with it and we can bid on these treasures!”

The auctioneer looked at the audience and announced the auction was over. Stunned disbelief quieted the room.

Someone spoke up and asked, “What do you mean it’s over? We didn’t come here for a painting of some old guy’s son. What about all of these paintings? There are millions of dollars of art here! I demand that you explain what’s going on here!”

The auctioneer replied, “It’s very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son, gets it all.”

And because of God’s love for us, whoever takes His Son, Jesus Christ, gets it all. See when you believe in Jesus, when you cling to the vine, the true source of life YOU GET IT ALL. You get life abundant, you get a purpose in your life and you get fruit bearing from your life. Just as he said His disciples would bear fruit. If you don’t know Jesus, Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” If you don’t know Jesus you will have no reward. In fact, you will get what you deserve which is eternity in hell and separated from God. Because we have all sinned and the punishment for sin is death. I don’t like that. I don’t like that anymore than you like that and yet that is the fact. We have all sinned. Our punishment is death. But thanks to God who sent His Son Jesus to die for us and He said if you will believe in My Son then I will give you life abundantly here on earth and I will give you heaven as well. So we can have it all but first we have to believe in Jesus.

Prayer

I want to pray right now for you and for also those who are persevering, who believe in Christ – that you would have the assurance that God will reward you. That is the faith that pleases God. Let us pray

Lord, for anyone that does not know you yet, who has not committed their life to you, who has not clung to you – I just pray that they would do that right now. That they would repent of their sins, confess that, and say they are sorry and simply invite Jesus into their hearts and to be the Lord of their life.

Lord, for those who are struggling with perseverance, who wonder if they can make it and wonder if they even want to make it. I pray that you would give them life and life abundant. I pray that you would convince them of the rewards both here on earth and in heaven that Jesus promised to those who believe in Him, cling to Him and those who follow Him.

Lord, I pray that you would reveal your mysteries to these people – even tonight in their dreams. Lord, I pray that you would reveal mysteries to them so that they can save their lives and the lives of others. Reveal mysteries to them so that they can know what to do with their life next. Reveal mysteries to them God so that they can know the deep things of you.

Lord, I pray that you would instill in them a purpose, a direction, a drive, strength, and a confidence so that they can finish well. Just like Paul said, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race.” I just pray that these people would also be able to fight the good fight. That you would help Lana and me as we sit here that you would help us to have strength to fight the good fight that You called us to. For Lord we want to finish well. We want to persevere. God, we don’t do it just for the rewards because we know that we just do it out of obedience to You. You have done so much for us Lord. This is a very little thing we can do for You.

God, we just thank you that you promised us that there are rewards as well and that it is worth the fight. It is worth the battle. It is worth standing firm. I thank You for all this Lord, in Jesus Name I pray. AMEN.

Goodnight

If you would like to talk further we can talk right after this broadcast on the Chat Room at The Ranch. Just go the spot that says Talk to Someone and click on the Chat Room and you will be able to chat with myself and a few others that are interested in hearing what is going on in your life. We can talk about this a little more. We will be glad to pray with you personally over the things that are going on in your life.

If you are watching this later you can find me by e-mail or you can find me on ICQ. The information on how to find me throughout the day is also on the Talk to Someone page. I would really be glad to talk with you, I would be glad to pray with you and encourage you in your faith. Because God has called me to help people persevere in their faith so that we can finish well.

Thanks for coming. I hope you will join me another time. Hope you have a happy holiday and a Merry Christmas and that Christ will be central in everything you do. Join us next week live from The Ranch.

 

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