“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36, NIV).
Do you know what it means to “persevere?” It means to keep on doing something even when things happen that make it difficult to continue.
The verse above says after you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised He has promised eternal life to those who believe in his Son, Jesus, and follow him.
Recently a speaker at The Voice of the Martyrs told the following two stories about persevering Christians in other countries.
A pastor preached faithfully from the Bible in his church. One day, enemies came and warned him not to preach the gospel anymore. They said if he did not quit, they would attack his church.
The very next Sunday, the pastor preached again. This time, he preached about how to prepare for suffering and persecution. He persevered even when he was threatened.
The enemies continue to make trouble for the pastor and his church and have even prevented the congregation from entering their own building. But the Christians still get together to worship God in a different building.
A pastor in a Muslim country was shot because he talked about Jesus to Muslims. He did not die, but he had to go to the hospital. As soon as he got to the hospital, he began talking to a doctor about Jesus! He persevered in doing the will of God even with a bullet in him.
Pray for persevering Christians around the world.