Perseverance

This has been one of the most trying years of my life.

Being unemployed and not being able to find work has not been easy. Yet I keep going. I keep trying daily. I keep sending applications. I keep pulling through the disappointing replies. I keep doing what I can. I keep taking whatever little jobs I get, just to keep my nose above water.

I have been told by many, “Come back home.” But that would only mean, I am putting my tail between my legs and running away to the safety of my Mommy and Daddy’s home and ignoring the Lord’s call for my life.

So, I have decided to stay put, keep my tail up high and wagging joyfully in the face of hardship and continue to know and believe, that I am in the safety of my Father and Lord and that I am being obedient to His plan for me and ….

I will keep doing what I have always done in my life…

Persevere!

Paul wrote about Christ’s patience, or, more exactly, His perseverance and how we are to follow in His example.

Even though I know that I have it in me, to keep persevering, I am human and at times, I do have thoughts of giving up, throwing in the towel or curling up in a little ball and never getting up. But I want more patience and I want to never have these negative thoughts and I want to persevere 100%.

I decided to meditate on what the Word says about “Perseverance” and I came across this great study called “The Virtue of Perseverance”.

I hope that it helps you to keep going and “wagging your tail” with perseverance. 🙂

“May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 3:5

Be awesomely blessed! 🙂

Cláudia

The Virtue Of Perseverance

INTRODUCTION

1. Why do some people…

a. Succeed in having their prayers answered?

b. Have a greater understanding of the Bible?

c. Reach more souls for Christ?

— Is it skill, genius, or luck?

2. The answer is suggested by Calvin Coolidge:

“Press on! Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with

talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education  will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.”

3. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus talked about the virtue of

perseverance…

a. Especially in its relevance to prayer

b. Giving us motivation to persevere in our service to God

[Text is from Mt 7:7-11, in which we find Jesus teaching about…]

I. THE PRINCIPLE OF “PERSEVERANCE” (7-8)

A. PERSEVERANCE IS IMPLIED IN THESE VERSES…

1. By the tense of the Greek

a. It is the present tense, which most often stresses

“continuous action”

b. Literally, then, Jesus is saying:

1) “keep on asking,” and it will be given to you

2) “keep on seeking,” and you will find

3) “keep on knocking,” and it will be opened to you

2. By the progression of the terms themselves

a. “asking” is one level of inquiry

b. “seeking” suggests a step up, as one goes about to find

what they ask (asking plus action, Hendricksen)

c. “knocking” is another step up, as one persists in finding

that which they seek (asking plus action plus persevering,

Hendricksen)

B. PERSEVERANCE IS PARTICULARLY RELEVANT…

1. To the matter of “prayer”

a. As later implied in Mt 7:11

b. Jesus often stressed persistence in teaching on prayer

1) In the parable of “The Persistent Friend” – Lk 11:5-8

2) In the parable of “The Persistent Widow” – Lk 18:1-8

2. To the matter of “Bible study”

a. Many people give up too soon in their Bible studies

b. But those who persevere in their studies are the ones who

benefit from the blessings God’s Word provides – Ps 1:1-3;

119:97-104

3. To the matter of “evangelism”

a. Many do not bear fruit because they give up too soon

b. But we reap what we sow; the more persistent we are in

sowing, the more we will eventually reap

[If we desire success in any venture, but especially in prayer, Bible

study, and evangelism, then we must adopt “The Virtue Of Perseverance.”

To encourage us to do so, Jesus goes on to provide…]

II. A MOTIVE FOR PERSEVERANCE (9-11)

A. GOD DELIGHTS TO GIVE GOOD THINGS TO HIS CHILDREN…

1. To illustrate, Jesus gives a simple argument (from the lesser

to the greater)

a. I.e., men give good gifts to their children who ask

b. How much more so, will our Father in heaven!

2. Jesus stressed this Fatherly attribute of God in His sermon

a. In regards to our physical necessities – Mt 6:31-32

b. And now in regards to things that are good for us – Mt 7:11

B. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN REGARDS TO PRAYER!

1. As Jesus promised to His disciples in Jn 15:7

a. Conditioned upon our abiding in Him

b. Conditioned upon His words abiding in us

2. As the apostle John wrote in 1Jn 5:14-15

a. Conditioned upon our asking according to His will

b. Which assumes we know His will for us (i.e., His word is

abiding in us)

3. And as James wrote in Jm 4:3

a. Presuming we are not asking for personal and selfish gain

b. But many do not enjoy God’s favor, simply because they do

not ask!

CONCLUSION

1. To persevere, then, is a noble virtue, especially in regards to

prayer…

a. We have a Father in heaven who is not untouched by the persistent

pleas of His children

b. Providing we do not ask amiss, persistent prayers will not go

unanswered!

2. If we desire to receive, find, and have doors opened to us, then let

us…

a. Keep on asking

b. Keep on seeking

c. Keep on knocking

…not only in regards to prayer, but in all ventures worthy of

Christians (e.g., Bible study, evangelism)!

Have you asked, sought, or knocked today…?

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2 Comments

  1. Dear reader of this Blog, I have told you , this girl have an awesome Author Mind.
    Thanks for this Post, I believe I can understand as my Wife always ask Why I never give up, even in the darkest time in my life I was still moving forward, and this only because of the Grace of God that strengthened me.
    And Faith in His word.
    This Article if Worth posting in my Blog.
    Thanks Cláudia

  2. Amazing work again Clauds, everything you touch turns golden, wait did I say that…it turns PLATINUM and I am happy.
    You have grown spiritually because of your experience and was part of God’s PLAN for you and reflection shows maturity
    I couldn’t help noticing that you think your love ones want you back home because you can’t find a job but this is not the case
    You have learned so much and I think God together with us want you to come back to share this with the country and make a difference to your Country

    We LOVE you and can’t wait to have you with us…maybe that is what God wants you to do…Come back with your tail up high, teaching what you have learned.
    Imagine the impact to SA you will have????


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