The Power of Perseverance

Bois d’arc endures. That’s why the early settlers in our area found this practically rot-proof wood so useful for fence posts and foundation blocks.

Hang in there!

God loves people who press on—who stay the course day after day, year after year, no matter what. Marriages and congregations thrive when they possess that determination to remain true, regardless of hazards or hardships.

We must complete the course if we’re to win the crown (2 Timothy 4:6-8; Hebrews 3:14; 6:11-12).

Satan uses the long stretches to weary and defeat us—if we let him. Every Christian who quits has stumbled into Satan’s trap. Knowing we’re in it for the long haul helps us resist the temptation to slack off, slow down, or give up.

Don’t quit!

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Each of these powerful exhortations is backed up with a promise. Our toil is not in vain in the Lord. We will reap if we don’t grow weary.

What is perseverance?

“It is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope . . . . it is not the patience which grimly waits for the end, but the patience which radiantly hopes for the dawn” (William Barclay, New Testament Words, The Westminster Press, p. 144).

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you have receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36).

May these Scriptures grab us by the lapels to shake us out of our lethargy and re-engergize our resolve.

It’s time to get moving!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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