Let's take a moment to ponder perseverance. It's the end of the school year -which means cramming, coffee, and finals... life is crazy. all the time. I don't know about you, but I get discouraged and worn down. But how often do we stop to think about perseverance, what it really is (besides that inspirational poster on the wall with a ducky saying "don't give up pal")? According to Webster's Dictionary (1828) it means to pursue steadily or stay fixed and persistent- both of which require active action.
1.Perseverance is a Progression- 2 Peter 1:5-6
Perseverance and endurance don't come easily- this I found out real quick when I took up running again... In a time when everyone wants instant gratification, we forget patience. Very few things go from 0 to 200 in a matter of seconds (except for race cars and bathroom scales). It's called sanctification; it takes time.
2. Perseverance is Promise-holding- James 5:10-11
Staying the course means trusting God. Two things: God has a plan, and God is good, all the time.
3. Perseverance is Prayer- Ephesians 6:18
As you may have noticed, this is the Armor of God passage. You may also notice that Paul doesn't say, " You put on the armor, awesome! Now hang out and look cool." No. He says pray always. How do we expect to stay persistent in a battle without becoming discouraged if we don't talk and interact with our Commander???
Hopefully this is an encouragement to you too! Anyways, just some thinks I've been thinkin bout.
You know what else was perseverance.... getting this picture!