CULTIVATING PERSEVERANCE IN LIFE
Perseverance is the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult.
It is a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition.
Life’s trouble can train us to give up but with the Lord’s help one can surely find motivation to overcome and persevere.
When trouble comes it will test our stability and strength but you must hold on to what you believe and don’t give up quickly.
You need the quality of doggedness and determination in this journey of faith.
“Proverbs 24:10 KJV
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
When troubles comes, it tests our spiritual strength and character and that is why you must be rooted in God and the knowledge of his word that you might have strength and conviction to endure life’s challenges and not give up on what you believe.”Colossians 1:11 KJV
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”
The moment you get into that tight place and everything goes against you, and it seems as though you cannot stay longer, that is the time to never give up because at the end of the dark tunnel is light.
Think about the things the lord is training you for. Think about the process in the learning that he is leading you through rather than yourself.
God’s help gives us ability to stand strong in whatever life brings. Only the Mercy of God can help one to persevere and not quit.
“2 Corinthians 4:1 KJV
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.”
While you persevere;
1.Pray without ceasing
Pray in the spirit at all times with all kinds of prayer, trusting God for strength. Prayer helps us to develop perseverance. We can wrestle by praying regularly.
Build intimacy with God through prayer and communication with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
Pray without ceasing.
2. Treat the secret place well
Make sure you seek the face of God regularly, give him your best and not leftovers. Psalm 91:1 KJV
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
3. Have faith in God
Trust the heart of the Father and lay down the matter at his feet and endure till the end. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Mark 11:22 KJV “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
4. Do not entertain Fear
One of the factors that hinders perseverance is FEAR. Fear depletes one’s energy so that you can give up on what he has committed to you. Fear is an enemy to Faith, so you must become fearless as spiritual warriors. 2 Timothy 1:7 KJVFor God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
5. Keep pressing on
Godly perseverance is focusing on Christ wholeheartedly so that he can administer the strength to press on. Philippians 3:14 KJV I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Perseverance is not running to and fro up hill on one’s strength but it is saying ‘Lord onto you I commit my ways, I know you know what I need before I need it.’ The bible is full of wealth of wisdom for persevering in a godly way. The Bible has scripture of life. We need to run the race that has been provided by Jesus Christ. He has provided us with tools to run the race through his word. When you feel exhausted, tired, burnt out, fearful, anxious, see it as opportunities to reset and focus on Christ.
Dear reader, I pray that the Lord will renew your passion and love for Christ. I pray that the true weight of what Christ did for you on the cross will penetrate deep into your heart and give you the passion to pursue godly perseverance and finish the race well. Amen