Enduring to the End
Sabbath School Lesson 2018 Quarter 2 Lesson 7 Monday
“Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. Matthew 24:9 (GNT with Deuterocanon)
The second beast was allowed to breathe life into the image of the first beast, so that the image could talk and put to death all those who would not worship it. Revelation 13:15 (GNT with Deuterocanon)
Read the first paragraph:
“Christ’s concern for His people in the end time includes a global deception that causes nations to oppose the true faith and to impose a false worship on the world. Those who stand firm will face hatred, tribulation, and even death.”
- Is Christ really concerned for a global deception?
- Isn’t really Christ concerned for His children in whatever state of comprehension they are in?
- God’s children in the end times will not face anything that His children haven’t faced before.
- Christ is concerned that I am ready for what may happen to me. How am I ready?
- By placing my trust in Him
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.” Proverbs 3:5 (GNT)
He doesn’t tell us the bad things about the future to make us worry or fret.
- He knows the future and we are to put our trust in Him.
- This will take endurance.
How do you increase your endurance?
- Running (run a lot)
- Swimming (Swim a lot)
- Reading (Read a lot)
- Praying (Pray a lot)
- Walking with Him (Walk with Him a lot)
Texts for endurance
Revelation 1:9 (GNT) “I am John, your brother, and as a follower of Jesus I am your partner in patiently enduring the suffering that comes to those who belong to his Kingdom. I was put on the island of Patmos because I had proclaimed God’s word and the truth that Jesus revealed.”
Revelation 13:10 (GNT) “Whoever is meant to be captured will surely be captured; whoever is meant to be killed by the sword will surely be killed by the sword. This calls for endurance and faith on the part of God’s people.”
Revelation 14:12 – one of the church’s favorite passages is about the terrible things that the wicked will be experiencing around the righteous. The witnessing of this wickedness is what is prompting the need for endurance on the part of God’s children.
Matthew 7:24 – 27 the builder of the house upon the rock.
Read the last paragraph:
“As important as it is to be grounded intellectually in the Word of God, according to Jesus that is still not enough to be able to stand amid the trials that we will face. We have to do what we have learned; that is, we have to obey the truth as it is in Jesus. In the parable above, both builders heard the sayings of Jesus. The difference between them, between enduring and not enduring, was obeying what Jesus had taught.”
Then read the colored section at the bottom.
“Why does the one who obeys stand and the one who doesn’t obey fall? What difference does obedience make in keeping a person steady in the faith?”
If this is true, why is it true? This is natural law
Like learning a foreign language; you have to use it to make it part of your brain pathways. It is only by practice that your life skills in righteousness will become automatic.