Some readers have asked me, “What do you mean by durable424?”
By durable I mean resilient, strong, enduring, true, able, remain, unrelenting, courageous, determined and faithful.
Let me be clear. There is a huge difference from being durable in spirit and being hardened in heart. (But that is another conversation.)
Whether you are an athlete slogging through long, torturous hours of training and sacrifice; or you are a parent suffering through long nights of anxiety over a wayward child, durability is one of your defining qualities.
A durable spirit is the key. Physical endurance and emotional toughness are secondary to a durable spirit. As a person of faith it is my experience that durability is possible, not by determination or will, but by faith. Determination requires grit and effort. This exhausts me. It wears me out leaving me feel like I can’t.
The human heart can suffer many things and continue to survive out of pure will. My goal is to walk with you through the pits and falls, hardships and fellowships that life brings. That you walk life out of an abundantly durable spirit, not as a survivor; rather as an overcomer! You have likely encountered more difficulty already than you had planned for. I would suggest by the shear fact you are still here reading deeper, that you are more durable than you have imagined.
What about 424? Every day, in 24 hour cycles, life calls us to new challenges. The truth is you are durable. In this moment. Not you in yourself, but you in Jesus Christ. He has made a way through faith for indestructible life to build new reality within you. Through the exchange personal identity is no longer based on parentage or ancestry, but on the nature of Christ in you. Every moment let the reality of that truth be present. Let that reality birth new responses to old challenges. Let the reality of Christ in you be your hope of glory and a better future.
The writer of the book of Hebrews (7:14-15) referring to Jesus’ power to overcome and endure states it to this affect- that a priest has appeared..
“…one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” From the Greek the original means indestructible, indissoluble. The Message Bible refers to “the sheer force of resurrection life.”
This is Spirit and Life. The new nature is durable for every point of test or trial. For now. For 24. For 7. For 365.
Durable424 is a state of being.
- It is worshiping when others worry.
- It is praying when you’d rather pout.
- It is staying connected when it’s inviting to leave.
- It is trusting God for breakthrough when blaming, accusing and complaining is more popular.
Durable people trust and wait for God to speak or God to move first.
With Him, you can be durable.