FEBRUARY 22, 2024



“You know we call those blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] who were steadfast and endured [difficult circumstances]. You have heard of the patient endurance of Job and you have seen the Lord’s outcome [how He richly blessed Job]. The Lord is full of compassion and is merciful” (James 5:11 Amplified Bible).

Christians are not exempted from life’s troubles. Satan often attacks them, hoping that this will make them give up or renounce their faith in God. David says that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Note that this scripture talks about many troubles. Believers don’t live a trouble-free life, but God will deliver them out of every trouble. Therefore, every child of God must ensure that he holds on to his faith in God. He must not give up because of many hardships and perplexing circumstances, afflictions, or troubles. he must not let anything make him lose his faith in faith in God  “The LORD’s people may suffer a lot, but he will always bring them safely through” (Psalm 34:19 Contemporary English Version).

One appropriate example of endurance or perseverance in the Bible is the life of Job. Job held on to his faith in God amid all his trials. James 5:11 says, “You know we call those blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] who were steadfast and endured [difficult circumstances]. You have heard of the patient endurance of Job and you have seen the Lord’s outcome [how He richly blessed Job]. The Lord is full of compassion and is merciful” (Amplified Bible).

How did it all begin? In Job 1:8, the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (New King James Version). But Satan told God that Job’s blamelessness and uprightness was because God had made a hedge around him, his household, and all that he had on every side and had also blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions had increased in the land. He said if God stretched out His hand and touched all that Job had, he would surely curse God to His face (Job 1:10-11).

To prove Satan wrong, God told him in verse 12 that He allowed him to do whatever he wanted to do with all Job had but he must not lay a hand on his person. True to God’s testimony about Job, he remained blameless and upright – he never cursed God as Satan had said. Despite all the losses of Job, the Bible says, “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22 New King James Version).

When Satan returned from his attack on Job’s property, God asked Satan in Job 2:3, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to [a]destroy him without cause” (New King James Version). Note God’s commendation of Job again. Job was consistently blameless and upright.

Despite God’s permission a second time to Satan to attack his body but not to touch his life, Job maintained his integrity. When his wife told him to curse God and die, he replied, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks” (Job 2:10a New King James Version). Cursing God was exactly what Satan wanted Job to do and had told God Job would do this. Probably Satan spared the life of Job’s wife, in his trials, to make her persuade Job to curse God. But Job refused to curse God.  

After all the accusations against Job by his three friends and all the conversations between both parties, God vindicated Job despite some inaccurate things he also said about God when he couldn’t find God in his trials. In Job 42:78, God told Eliphaz the Temanite, one of Job’s friends: “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has’” (New King James Version). Job had an excellent testimony from God because of the blameless and upright life he lived despite his trials. God rewarded Job for holding on to his faith in Him. He will do the same for you if you don’t give up your faith in Him.

Whatever your trial at the moment or whatever you’ve gone through, don’t cast away your faith in God. Hold on to your faith in Him. Don’t quit on God. Your faith in God will give you victory. God will deliver you; he will show you mercy. Paul said to Timothy, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3 New King James Version). Endure afflictions as you serve the Lord and believe Him for your deliverance.

Also, Paul told Timothy, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5 New King James Version). Don’t stop serving God because of your affliction or trouble. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58 New King James Version). Endure. Hold on to your faith in God. If you endure hardship or persevere, you shall reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12a).

The Christian life is not a bed of roses. There are challenges. Believers also go through troubles, but the Bible says we should count it all joy when we fall into various trials (James 1:2). Why? Because they are temporary and what God has in store for us in eternity far outweighs the best anyone can enjoy here on earth. Paul says, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:17 New International Version).

To hold on to your faith in God, you must feed on and meditate on the Word of God regularly, and remind yourself of the character of God and His promises. Confess your faith in Him and confess His Word. Worship God and pray to Him. Also, share your faith with others, telling them about the love of God for them through Jesus Christ.

Hold on to your faith in God. “I am coming soon. Hold on to the faith you have, so that no one can take away your crown” (Revelation 3:11 Easy-to-Read Version). Don’t deny Christ. Endure whatever you are going through. Whoever endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 10:22; 24:13, Mark 13:13). “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36 New King James Version). Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5b).


If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, I receive Your help to endure my present trouble, for I know You will deliver me out of it. I shall not deny Christ because of life’s troubles. My weeping ends and my joy comes in Jesus’ name. I shall hold on to my faith in God. I shall endure to the end and I shall be saved.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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