As a brand new Christian, the zeal we have for all things God is impressive. We speak boldly about the Lord and what He has done in our life, and we share the Gospel Message anytime we have the opportunity to. But then trials enter our life and we all question our new-found faith…is it strong enough to withstand this trial…am I going to be able to hold fast to my hope in God, or will I give up? Other times, we are enticed by worldly things from the past, and again our faith will be questioned…will I squander this gift from God for momentary pleasure…or reject His love for selfish pride? The key to all this is found in the word perseverance…which is hope under pressure. The Bible tells us that the testing of our faith develops perseverance and we should throw off everything that hinders us and run our race with that same perseverance. Trials will come and go, it’s just part of living in a very broken world, but they don’t have to make us hesitate or question our faith every time. We are to persevere with confidence, holding fast to our eternal hope in Jesus Christ…knowing we’re doing the Will of God.