I've always been enriched by anything I have read by Jerry
Bridges. He has suffered greatly and submitted his life under the severe
mercies of God’s providence. I came across my notes of a sermon I heard
Bridges give at the Desiring
God 2007 National Conference. You can listen to it here.
Here were his four essentials to finishing well:
1) Daily time of focused communion with God.
2) Daily appropriation of the gospel.
3) Daily commit yourself to God as a living sacrifice.
4) A firm belief in the sovereignty and love of God.