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Persevere In Spite Of

Key Scriptures:

► Let’s not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary. (Galatians 6:9, NASB)

► Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. (Galatians 6:9, AMP)

► For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (Hebrews 10:36, NASB)

► For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised. (Hebrews 10:36, AMP)

Perseverance gives the impression that we’re talking about troubles and trials and tribulation. But in this blog, I am referring primarily to persevering past the many things that distract us from a deeper and more committed walk with the Lord.

How do we persevere through all the distractions in this unbelieving world?

Some of the distractions of today: social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and more), work, social activities, meetings, family events, ministry activities…our long To Do list.

What is perseverance?

► A mental strength that helps a person continue to strive to reach his goals even though there might be obstacles and setbacks.

► Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

► Sticking with things until they’re complete.

► Being hardworking and finishing what you started, despite barriers and obstacles that arise.

► A continued effort to do something and to become something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

► The ability to stand up and take a step forward when everyone else sits down.

A common thread in the definitions of perseverance is difficulties and obstacles. You will face opposition, but you must PERSEVERE. You must push past the challenges.

Perseverance takes effort.

Perseverance is a decision, and the payoff is GREAT.

Job's story is the ultimate test of faith and example of perseverance in the Bible.

Job worshipped after learning about the death of not one or two, but all of his children

Job’s friends to whom he might have looked to for comfort misunderstood what god was doing in his life and accused him of sinning. But amid his devastating condition, Job prayed for his friends. The “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10, AMP)

God then had mercy on Job and restored his health and all his possessions, granting him twice as much as he had previously, more children and a long prosperous life.

Joseph endured much hardship. In all of the bad circumstances (sold as a slave, separated from his family at a young age, wrongfully accused of rape, wrongfully imprisoned) he experienced, he maintained his faith in God, he persevered and kept his hope in God's deliverance.

Even in the hardest times, Joseph did not compromise his character to get ahead but was patient, waiting on the Lord's timing.

Characteristics of a person who perseveres:

► Definiteness of PURPOSE. Why?

► Why go to church?

► Why serve the Lord?

► Why do what you do?

► If your ‘why’ is strong enough you’ll be better able to persevere. You must be able to answer your why.

► DESIRE. You must really want the answer to your why.

► SELF-BELIEF/FAITH. You must truly believe (have faith) that you can achieve your preferred outcome, your why.

► GOAL SETTING is a key aspect of persevering. You must have a target. You must know where you are going.

► TRUTH/ACCURACY. Your perseverance should be based on a firm foundation of knowledge. The absolute best foundation is the Word of God.

► INNER STRENGTH / WILLPOWER. Ephesians 3:16. I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he will grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person.

► DISCIPLINE/HABIT/ COMMON PRACTICE. Our mind absorbs what we feed it. Feed your mind with the right this to strengthen your mind and inner man. Whatever you think is who you are. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

So, I am encouraging you to PERSEVERE!

► Persevere through your faith walk

► Persevere to complete your education

► Persevere to build up and maintain your relationships

► Persevere to achieve your goals

"Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always." (1 Chronicles 16:11)

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