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PERSEVERANCE

One of the hardest things for people accomplish is to not get stuck in a hole when they are feeling down. It is human nature to have self pity. It is a defense mechanism. We have a need for someone to tell us we are worth it. But the bible teaches us that we should turn to the Lord and not man.

Psalms 118:8

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

Man can fail, God can not. Man can be lead astray by wickedness, he can be deceived, he can be coerced and moved off the path of righteousness. And once off the path he can lead others astray. God also doesn’t want us to depend on ourselves, but to turn to Him for guidance.

But you say “It’s HARD!”

Well……Yah!

Did you think, God was just going to spoon feed you all your life? No way! You’re not his pet to be kept on a chain, fed twice a day and walked around the block on a schedule. You are a child of God.

You start off as a baby. You are given lots of love and attention. Then what happens to babies? Babies grow and learn and mature. They don’t need to be carried all the time because they are able to walk on their own. You are God’s creation and like any Father, he wants to be proud of you. He wants you to grow and learn. He wants you to have freedom, peace and love. He wants to rejoice in you.

You say “I have turned to God to fix this thing, why does it keep happening? Why hasn’t he fixed it? Why did he fix this thing only to let something else go wrong?” Are you really looking at what is causing these things to happen? God doesn’t want bad stuff to happen to you, He gave his Son for you! Why would he do anything other than love you?

Proverbs 3:5-6

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

God will always keep you on the path of righteousness; he will never lead you astray. Satan and wickedness is what will lead you off the narrow path, if you don’t turn to God for help and guidance.

James 5:11

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Let’s look at the story of Job.

Job was a man that was true to God. He had 7 sons and 3 daughters. He had 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 she donkeys and many servants. He was blessed for being righteous. Satan comes along and destroys everything Job had to prove to God that if they were destroyed that Job would curse God. And a messenger came and told Job all his sheep and all his servants had been destroyed. Then another messenger came and said all your camels have been stolen and the servants watching them killed. And another messenger came and said your sons and your daughters were killed when their house collapsed. But Job did not curse God; instead he ripped his shirt off, shaved his head, fell to the floor and worshiped God.

Then Satan afflicted Job with painful sores from the top of his head to the tips of his toes. But Job held fast to his love for God saying “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” Job 2:10

Then three of his friends came to comfort him. His friends were saying wrong things about God, but Job held true. And do you know what happened?

God Blessed Job. God gave Job twice as much as he had before because he persevered and held fast to the truth.

God blessed Job because he persevered. He held tight to his faith and God rewarded him for it. Do you know what perseverance is? It is the steadfast effort to follow God’s commands and to do His work. It is to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning.

If you persevere, not only will God reward you but the Spirit will intercede for you also. The Spirit will help us pray. The Spirit can talk to God in a way that no man can.

Romans 8:25-27

25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

James 1:2-4

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

If you persevere in following God’s law He will make sure everything you ever need is covered. He rewards those who are righteous. He protects his children.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36 NIV

And what is God’s promise? God’s promise is everlasting life.

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