Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (Hebrews 10:35-36 NASB)
Trials aren’t proof that God is slow to deliver on His promises, but evidence that He is moving us toward higher ground (1Peter 1:6–7). It shouldn’t be our objective to avoid God’s way of maturing us, but our aim to pursue the path that leads to the discovery of how life looks through Jesus’ eyes. To do that, we must be willing to endure the same battles Jesus endured, to stand for the faith at all costs—even if it means giving up our lives (see 1 John 2:6; 1Peter 2:21).
Don’t fear the enemy. His devices are powerless against you. You aren’t going into the battle alone; Christ is with you. And because He is with you, no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Your future belongs to Jesus. No one can pluck you out of His hand (see John 10:28). Satan can run you into the ground, but he can’t stop Jesus from raising you up (Matthew 10:28; and 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17).
You are Christ’s peculiar possession (see Deuteronomy 7:6). He will never leave you, nor forsake you—not even for a moment (see Hebrews 13:5). Keep believing. Never give up. Endure to the end, and you will receive the promise (see Matthew 24:13)!