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But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Jude 1:20 

I like running. I even entered the Comrades Marathon one year, together with fifteen thousand other runners. All our friends and supporters were cheering as we left Pietermaritzburg behind. We were running on clouds. No sweat, no problem. I felt like I could run all day. We ran up Polly Shorts, to the Lion Park and I wasn’t even panting. When I reached Drummond, about the halfway point, the sun was beating down on me. I was in the crowd at the back. It was midday, the crowds were dispersing, a lot of our supporters were either waiting for us in Durban or had gone home. That was the time of the drudgery, the time we needed to persevere to take hold of what waited at the end of that race. 

In our life on earth we also have to persevere. In Philippians 3:12 the apostle Paul says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Are you weary and tired today? Struggling with that illness? Tired of looking for work? Struggling with financial debt or rebellious children? This is when you need to hold on to your faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. He will give you His power to persevere and take hold of the riches of God. 

Holy Spirit of God, I pray to You today. Give me the strength to endure and persevere. Help me to hold on to my faith so that I can, in the end, take hold of the riches of God. Amen 

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