Don’t you love when you are hearing the same message repeatedly, by different voices?
Last week, every time I turned around I was hearing the same word from many different sources…perseverance.
I was praying for one of our partners who had endured disappointment time after time. I was seeking a word in due season to encourage him. I wanted something new and fresh, yet, all I heard was persevere. I knew God was speaking clearly.
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.
In my humble opinion, the generation before us knew some things we don’t. They not only knew them but practiced them diligently.
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. In our world today, we, at times, have a microwave mentality. We want it and we want it now.
Yes! We have faith for miracles! Yes, we believe the word of God and confess it with our mouth. But 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 and this is what the generation before us knew.
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 says. For how long? Until they saw the promise. They never gave up.
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…and that is sad.
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, difficulties and discouragement. They all received the fullness of their promise.
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 in 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 end up living a life settled for?
I had a friend, she was full of the spirit of God. God had promised her big things. She went after those big things…for a while. A few years passed, and she began to settle for less than what God had for her. One day she came to me and told me that she knew what was happening in her life was not what God had for her. In the end, she settled for less than what God had for her. It makes me sad for her. She failed to persevere.
I am not saying it is easy to persevere. The messages this week on perseverance have caused me to see areas where I have laid down a promise. Where I have settled for a little less than what I had hoped for. We all have these seasons, but we don’t have to end there. God can and will do all He has promised, if we only persevere.
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. Please don’t. God is such a big God and He will do great things in your life. If you only persevere.
We only need to look at the lives of Abraham, Job, Joseph, David, to see what perseverance produces. The list goes on and on. Read Hebrews, chapter 11, and meditate on what perseverance will produce. And then…become one who perseveres.
“Make a decision today that you are going to live life to the full, until it overflows, and you are going to enjoy it.” KP