Many people begin enthusiastically, but very few finish well. It is endurance under difficulties, and trust when you feel doubts, that counts the most. There are many who start off with good intentions, but cannot endure the pressures and problems of life.
What I desire from you is a steadfast, immovable trust in Me, no matter what else is happening in your life. In afflictions and persecution, enemies and the treacherous, do not lose your confidence. I told you that in this world, you will have difficulties. These things must come. You are not responsible for what happens to you; you are accountable for how you react to them.
If you can look past the problems, and keep your eyes on Me when in the midst of tribulation, I will sustain you. If you can remember that this life is temporary and simply a way for Me to train you for your endless life, everything will make more sense.
You will find the entirety of truth when you abide in My Word, and meditate upon it the first thing each morning and the last at night. I will sustain you and carry you across the finish line if you never quit, and continue to trust Me all the days of your life.
Consider my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget Your law. Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word. Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes. Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgments. Many are my persecutors and my enemies, yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. I see the treacherous, and am disgusted, because they do not keep Your word. Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness. The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever. ~Psalms 119:153-160
Even in the afflictions of life, when all is confused and I don’t know what to do, I look to You, Jesus. None of these things move You. The darkness is as light, and every hidden thing is known to You.
Make my heart as unmovable as Your faithfulness, Lord. Give me steadfast determination to complete this race and not faint as I near the finish.
Though the whole world hates me and all my friends abandon me, because I love You, I will not move away from the promises You have made. There is nothing in this world that has the power to take me from You, but sustain me when I am in the midst of trials.
My heart is comforted and my mind filled with peace when I see my life through Your eyes. In my weakness, revive me with Your love. As I faint from the worries and cares of this life, sustain me.
When everything is in disarray and I don’t know what to do, a moment of prayer and You send answers and rescue me out of all my troubles. Steadfast, Lord, make me steadfast.