This episode is about the critical need for perseverance among Christians, both for promises now, and the terrible times ahead!

My name is Michael Criswell from, and you are listening to another episode of The Grace to Love Again series. For the past 12 years, the Lord has had me journal and share his unique dealings with me in real time. As I walked with Him by faith these recordings captured the experiences, the trials of faith, and the many spiritual insights I had while in route to his most recent command and promise to me, of moving to New Zealand and marrying my wife, Lisa Criswell. To learn more about this story, please watch the documentary called The Heavenly Scandal,, and also visit where all the episodes are available to stream or download in the .MP3 audio format. May God bless you as you listen.

Psalm 34:19 a righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 119:81-82 my soul faints with a longing for your salvation. But I have put my hope in your word my eyes fail looking for your promise, I say, When will you comfort me?

Romans 5:2-5 and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, not only soul, but we also rejoice in our sufferings. Because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character. Hope and hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.

Second Thessalonians 1:4 Therefore, among God’s churches, we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. Second Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. Hebrews 10:35-36. So do not throw away your confidence it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God you will receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance. The race marked out for us James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

2 Peter, 1:5-8 for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness and to goodness, knowledge and to knowledge. Self-control and to self-control, perseverance and to perseverance, godliness, and to godliness, brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness. Love for if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, He is nearsighted and blind and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure report. If you do these things, you will never fall and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

James 5:10-11 brothers as an example of patience in the face of suffering take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of jobs, perseverance, and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 1 John 5:4

Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that overcomes the world. Even our faith. Revelation 2:7. He who has an ear led him here what the Spirit says to the churches, to him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:26 to Him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations Revelation 14:12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.



  1. I believe your life is also a living prayer of intercession for the Bride of Christ. As you overcome it’s released as intercession. Thank you for being obedient to His calling in you. I’ve been through so much where people have misunderstood my waiting on God. All that matters is our faithfulness to Him. You are so right it’s all designed to kill the flesh/ego so we can make more room for Him. May God keep you and bless you and cause His face to shine upon you.

  2. Fantastic message Michael. Thank you. I see so clearly God using your marriage plans to Lisa as a parallel with Jesus Christ and His Bride.
    Your patient endurance is such a gift of grace from God to you both. As well as His grace to all of us who watch your life.
    Our gracious wonderful Heavenly Father God, works His will so clearly it’s thrilling to see it first hand. Continued blessing to you both in Christ. πŸ™πŸΌ

  3. As God has brought what feels like a pause to the fulfillment of His promise, I have come to learn 2 major points He is teaching me:
    1. In the waiting, I am learning what it means to love God more than His promised breakthrough; and
    2. The longing for the breakthrough is a small sample of a much greater longing I should have for the return of Christ.

  4. Brother Michael, would I be able to ask you your advice on the vaccine? I'm against it. I'm very disappointed that I would have to take it to get back in the United States from Tanzania Africa. So I won't go. Any suggestions or advice? Your sister in Christ 😊

  5. Whispered Faith

    Whispered Faith, within the dark
    No light seen, not even spark
    But I will hold to truth I've seen
    You know me, Lord, where I've been.

    Mercy given and received
    Your blood and love, they carry me
    To my Father, when I can't stand
    He wipes my tears and takes my hand.

    Heart of flesh, so easily tore
    Given to me, yet I want more
    Is it selfish to ask this, Dad?
    No – for it's all I have.

    So I ask for more crushing deep
    In hidden places where we weep
    Expand Yourself within my soul
    Let Love be my only goal.

    So they can see Your Son in me
    Those who thirst, to set them free
    I give you all I am for this
    Give me Your Breath within Your Kiss.

    Abba, Daddy, this life you give
    Is so short, to learn and live
    It is my earnest hope in truth
    That my love for You would be the proof.

    For this is the only time I have
    To prove to You, cause you're my Dad
    That I will love You to the end
    Though Betrayed by closest friends.

    When I am changed from this dying flesh
    Into Thy Glory and Thy Rest
    I will not have the choice to sin
    Perfection then will enter in.

    But I do have the choice down here
    Hatred is the worst choice I fear
    So I must show You in my flesh
    Until I take my dying breath.

    Please Father, Abba, kind and true
    Make me, Mold me, into You
    So one we are, and one we be
    Then other blind eyes too, can see.

    Jesus – You have Word of Life
    And Father's making You a holy wife
    So do all you must to make me be
    All that you already see.


  6. God bless you brother Michael. Thank for another word of encouragement. Before I had opened up this video ,I had just finished reading 2 Peter3v14Β And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

    15Β And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him..


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