Perseverance

posted on April 2, 2011 under  Studies

Perseverance defined: To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.

Here’s an interesting truth – Accomplishment and success are often the result of commitment and perseverance rather than skill or talent. I know I’m more proud of myself when I know others recognize what I have done. I’ve found myself at times not being open to things that God might want to do through me. Sort of like a child staring off into space when their parents are trying to discipline them, stopping them to show them a lesson that can be learned right where they are at.

Have you heard messages from the world that might get you out of a trying situation easily? A situation that God is using to shape you to be more of who He wants you to be.
Maybe using your time in ways that please you first or that only benefit you financially. Maybe you’re mind is lured by a product or service that will hurt you financially. Alcohol and drugs aren’t the only thing that eases pain. Sometimes I don’t realize how often I am not taking steps toward growing in my relationship with God.

Are there things that have tested your faith recently?

1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Have there been times when God’s timing didn’t line up with your expectations?

1 Peter 4:12-13
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

Romans 5:2-5
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, 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.

James 1:4
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Instead of going to God, what do we turn to / create / accept that helps us escape being tested? Are there things that replace who God says He is (like in the verses below)?

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

John 15:4
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Does it feel better to overcome something that is more of a struggle? Or does our faith become lukewarm, making our soul content with who we’ve been in the past?

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

John 15:8
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

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