Wednesday, August 24, 2011

James 5:8

“You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (NASB)


“You too be patient (makrothumeo: endure, not to lose heart, persevere patiently and bravely; to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish); strengthen (sterizo: establish, make stable, make firm) your hearts (kardia: the center and seat of spiritual life; seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors), for the coming (parousia: arrival, advent; the future visible return from heaven of Jesus, to raise the dead, hold the last judgment, and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God) of the Lord is at hand (eggizo: draw nigh, be at hand, come near, approaching).”


Don’t lose heart! Patiently persevere and establish your purpose and motivations for the visible return of Jesus Christ is fast approaching!


Are you established in your motivations and purposes? Are you standing firm, unshakable no matter what comes? The day of the LORD is at hand. One does not train and prepare to avoid something but instead to face it head on. Be ready not to escape but to endure my friends for he that endures will be saved.

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