He that Endureth (the fiery trials

of this life) to the End
The Same shall be Saved!
Mark 13:5-13 (13)
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6 For
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7 And
when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things
must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there
shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. 9 But take heed to
yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall
be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a
testimony against them. 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what
ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that
hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 12 Now the brother
shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up
against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13 And ye shall be
hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same
shall be saved.

My Christian friends, there have been many statement made in
regards to soul salvation and how it can be attained, but I believe
this is the simplest of them all, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the
same shall be saved.”

God requires us to be faithfully obedient to Him, despite the
obstacles which He allowed to be in our way. As Christians, we must
not allow our faithfulness to be undermined by being falsely
accused, hated, abused, always misunderstood and misrepresented
or by the suffering of ailments.
God allows all these trials of our faith by fire being much more
precious than of gold, so that we might be found worthy of claiming
our inheritance. This inheritance of the saints, which is incorruptible
and undefiled, reserved in heaven for us who have accepted Jesus
Christ as Lord and Saviour. 1Peter 1:3-9 (7)
Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes saith, “Let us hear the conclusion of
the matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it
be good, or whether it be evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Wherefore my Christian friends, seeing we have in store a kingdom
which cannot be moved, sure, let us have grace whereby we may
serve God acceptable with reverence and Godly fear and keep His
commandments, in order to attain that which is in our sight – For
our God is a consuming fire.
This fire which is mentioned in verse 29 of Hebrews chapter 12, simply tells us of
what is in store if we fail to serve God acceptable with reverence and Godly fear: the
outer darkness – where the worm dieth not and the fire not quenched. Mark 9:38-48

Luke 8:4-15 (10-15)
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to
others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not
understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the
way side are they that hear; then cometh the Devil, and taketh away the word out of
their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they,
which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a
while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among
thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and
riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the
good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word,
keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Jesus soweth the Word of the kingdom (Mark 13:19) into our hearts
and despite our suffering and shortcomings we ought to take it and
allow it to be engrafted into our hearts so that we can bear fruits fit
for the kingdom. My friends, it all boils down to the condition of our
hearts. It is our condition of heart that will allow or prevent us from
enduring to the end when beset by the fiery trials of life. These fiery
trials, we must overcome so that we might be found acceptable at
the appearing of Jesus Christ.

Saints, it only starts by taking the first step:
1. We need to prevent God’s Words from being taken away by
building a fortress around your hearts. This cannot be done by
whilst there are aliens hidden within our walls; we must lay
aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envies and all
evil speaking, as newborn babies desire the sincere milk of
the Word that ye may grow thereby. We need to earnestly
contend the faith, we will always have issue within the body, at
times all one can do is to be cordial and seek God on behalf of
our brethren as they are too contentious, bitter and hateful to
be dealt with as our heart desires.
2. As we become zealous for the things of God, we must maintain
the fortitude in God’s Words as it is through our faith in His
Words that will allow us to clear the fast approaching hurdles
in our way. We must trust in God’s Word to be a lamp unto our
feet and a light unto our path, because of these hurdles many
times we fell into the valleys of our Christian sojourn which
leave us feeling lonesome and abandon. Hey, guess what? We
don’t have to stay that way, thanks be to God, we have His
implanted Word which is hid in our hearts that gives us hope
so that we may not continue in sinfulness, but rise unto a
higher plane. My Christian friends, the pathway is full of rocks,
but we must maintain the moisture that is of the Holy Spirit
which is like a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Yes, the thorns are many, wanting to choke the life out of us.
However, we cannot allow the cares of this world, the riches
and pleasures of this life to choke us and bring no fruit to
perfection. We have a higher calling; we have a greater hope
than all the wealth and pleasures in this earth to gain. We
have my Christian friends, spiritual blessings in heavenly
places (Ephesians 1:3); we must show our faith to the
substance of the things we hope for, the evidence of things not
seen.

The question is my Christian friends, what is the substance of the
things you hope for, is it in heaven or on earth? We ought to ensure
that the substance of the things hope for is of gold, silver and
precious stones as these will stand the test of time being tried by
the fire of this age. Wood hay and stubble built upon the sure
foundation will not stand the test of time. If any man's work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1
Corinthians 3:10-15
As Christians we ought to ensure that we are preparing for the hope
that is set before us the kingdom of heaven or we will faced being
cast into hell for a thousand years: where their worm dieth not, and
the fire quenched not. Mark 9:43, 44.

This material that we use to build upon the Sure Foundation will
determine what fruit is evident in our Christian life. It will also
determine what God will find as a life acceptable for the coming
kingdom of the heavens or hell fire. We need to make this life
struggles and suffering count. We need to endure the trial of our
faith to the end – this is only our reasonable service; but he that
endureth unto the end, the same shall be saved.

My friends we can accomplish our soul salvation we need to take our
eyes of the obstacles in faith, knowing that our God can see us
through. I am not saying that we should get complacent; we must
fix your eyes on Jesus (the Word/ the Way, the truth and the Life)
and not look at the obstacles as Peter did. Remember Peter after he
realised that he was walking on the water took his eyes off Jesus
and shifted his eyes on the boisterous wind and was afraid and
started to sink (Matthew 14:25-31). However, we in like manner
must not focus on the hurdles as it was not meant to be our focal
point. Our focus must be on enduring unto the end through
faithfully obedient to the Word of God—Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, by the messenger of
Satan to buffet me, lest he should be exalted above measure. For
this thing he besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from
him. And the Lord said unto Him, My grace is sufficient for thee: for
my strength is made perfect in weakness. The apostle Paul
remarked “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the
power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in
reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I
am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Christian friends it is our reach, we must have hope in God that He
can continual transform us to this level of maturity. He is waiting! All
we need to do is reach out and put the Word of God to practice so
that He can cause an inward change in our hearts unto perfection.
Christian friends, if we fail to make the grade, God has provided hell
fire (If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be
saved; yet so as by fire.) to burn away the dross (impurities). This we see the when the
books are open including the book of life, that whosoever name was found in the book
of life was spared the lake of fire and thus allowing us to be rendered purified,
becoming worthy to enter His presence in the everlasting age.

John the Baptist speaking to the Jews concerning Jesus whose shoes
he was not able to bear, he explained, “Whose fan is in his hand, and he
will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn
up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:12

Thanks be to God for His everlasting love which He hath loved us.
We see in Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a great voice out of
heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he
will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself
shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all
tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the
former things are passed away.”

Let us seek to endure the trials of our sojourn to the end so that our
soul shall be saved!

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