Lesson 2 Maintaining commitment to a goal in times of stress Hebrews

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Endurance is more than just hanging on by your fingernails... it is also sticking to the end to achieve a final goal even when stress and difficulties might challenge and destroy others whose commitment is tested and found lacking. It is running the race, and winning, especially when you realize others are looking to you to be a role model and encouragement to them in their stresses and struggles.

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Maintaining commitment to a goal in times of stress…:

Maintaining commitment to a goal in times of stress… ” ...Let us lay aside every weight, & the sin which doth so easily beset us, & let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1                                                                                                                          Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 190-201 Plus various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 2

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… A gentle member of the order Rodentia Is easily tamed Often takes over the downy woodpecker nest by throwing out the bedding… From Scripture… Volunteered to serve Paul Had a hidden love of the world In times of great stress, he gave up

The Flying Squirrel:

The Flying Squirrel A nocturnal mammal Gives live birth Has many predators Survives via its gliding Looks similar, but is not related, to the sugar glider, a marsupial (an Australian gliding opossum!) http:// video.nationalgeographic.com/video/weirdest-flying-squirrel

On being a “flying squirrel”:

On being a “flying squirrel” God has given them a built-in sail, so they tend to stay high. They eat mostly vegis , nuts (not pecans~ too hard to open) , & seeds, (occasionally insects & meat) & when available, drippy sap. Their huge energy needs require equally huge amounts of water.

Scriptural Applications:

Scriptural Applications Passions? If you can “glide” away, do so. “Flee also youthful lusts” 2 Tim 2:22 Confronting Problems? Then do so with prayer & planning. “ Men ought always to pray & not to faint.” Luke 18:1 “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10 If you are fearful & don’t turn to the Lord? Men's hearts failing them for fear, & for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21:26

When the pressure increased, he left…:

What 1 or 2 words describe: Abraham? Lot? Peter? Paul? Judas? Today’s character has only 3 verses that refer to him- Philemon 23-24;Col 4:10-14;2 Tim 4:10-11 But he is usually thought to be: weak disloyal a deserter pulled back into the world When the pressure increased, he left… Demas

Demas… a valued helper & a major disappointment:

Demas… a valued helper & a major disappointment He was given recognition as a co-laborer of Paul’s & a help to Luke He seemed to be active, until Paul’s last interment in the Mamartine Prison When Paul’s execution is more & more expected, he turned his back on him…

There are consequences to abandoning the task in times of great stress….:

There are consequences to abandoning the task in times of great stress…. Giving in to stress, & just walking away from a team or personal effort, can tangle up others, demoralize both the team & onlookers, add extra stress to everyone, & even possibly destroy the effort…

History gives the perfect application of Hebrews 12:1….:

History gives the perfect application of Hebrews 12:1…. One man alone braced the people of Great Britain against the Nazi killing machine, & in doing so, encouraged the entire free world...

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