Yesterday we talked about endurance.  The endurance or perseverance it takes to see the promise of God come to pass.

I was recently corresponding with a partner about some long term battles they are in.  While seeking God for insight, I only heard one word, perseverance.

This is not the word you want to hear when you feel you can stand in faith no longer, is it?  Yet, it is what God is saying.

Perseverance is defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially despite difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”

I think we could all agree that many of us are hoping for something we have yet to see.

Today we hear numerous teachings on miracles, signs, wonders.  We hear faith messages day after day.   These are great teachings.  I am in total agreement with what the Word of God says about miracles and healing.  Yet, I must make one observation. Those of us who believe that miracles happen, often struggle when they don’t manifest immediately. Or at least in the time frame we think they should.  We want it and we want it now.

What will we do when what God has promised hasn’t happened? Will we continue to believe? Will we grow weary and give up?

This is where perseverance comes in.

I hear stories about people like Oral Roberts, Kenneth Hagin Sr. and Norvel Hayes who knew how to pray through. They did not become discouraged when a promise didn’t manifest immediately.  They simply persevered.  They continued to pray.  They continued to say only what the Word of God says.

But how long can someone stand in faith like this?  Until it happens.  They never gave up – they saw the promise of God manifest.

I come across people quite often who, in the beginning, believe they heard from God concerning a promise.  Time passes, and they begin to question the promise.  They begin to wonder if they heard correctly.  They begin to doubt if it is God’s will.  If they continue down this path, they will let go of the promise.

One translation of Proverbs 29:18 says, without a vision, the people let go.

If you begin to question what God has said and speak against it, eventually you will let it go.

Did you know that Colonel Sanders tried to get 1,000 people to buy his recipe before he was able to start his own company that we now know as Kentucky Fried Chicken? Did you know that Thomas Edison tried to create electric light over 10,000 times before he succeeded? Did you know that Sylvester Stallone approached over one thousand people about filming Rocky before anyone would agree? These people persevered…they steadily moved forward with one purpose in mind, despite obstacles, difficulty and discouragement.  They all received the fulfillment of their dreams and visions.

One thing separates these kind of people…perseverance. They could have quit but they refused.  They persevered until the promise manifested.

I once read an article about two brothers who sold all they had to dig for gold. They were confident of where they would find gold. They tried and tried, after several months they gave up and sold their claim to another man. This new owner brought someone to survey and tell him where to dig; he was told to dig in the same exact spot.  Three days later he struck gold.

How many of us have begun believing God for big things only to let go just before harvest came?

I am not saying it is easy to persevere.  I’m sure there have been times when I settled for less than what God had for me.  However, I don’t want to live like that – I want to press in and stand in faith for all God has for me, how about you?

I read a story a while back about a man who was teaching another man to chop wood.  We all know this is not an easy task.  Chopping wood is hard and the wood seldom splits the first time, especially for a beginner.  After a great deal of effort, this weary man finally asked, “How long do I keep chopping?”  The other man replied, “Until the wood splits.”

So, it is with us.  We must continue to stand on the Word.  Continue confessing the Word. Continue standing in faith…until it manifests.

If you have laid down promises.  If you have settled for less than what God has shown you.  I encourage you today to pick up those promises.  Repent of laying them down and go after them full force. Ask God to give you a spirit of perseverance. Ask God to strengthen you to endure to the end. Don’t give up. Don’t settle.

We only need to look at the lives of Abraham, Job, Joseph, and David, to see what perseverance produces.  The list goes on and on. Read Hebrews, chapter 11, and meditate on what perseverance brings forth.  The promises of God are ours for the taking, the question is…. will we persevere and take them?

 

Appoint My Days

I cleanse myself from what is unclean and separate myself from contaminating and corrupting influences.  I am a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. I keep myself from being corrupted by the world.  I abstain from fleshly lusts that war against my soul. The joy of the Lord is my strength. I will not allow the devil, people or circumstances to steal my joy and strength.

Nehemiah 8:10, 2 Timothy 2:21, James 1:27, 1 Peter 2:11