In the post How to… Be Persistent, we looked at the role persistence plays in obtaining victory in our lives. In today’s post, we’re discussing the basis for that persistence that is necessary for anyone to Be Victorious in this life. We’re going to look at the instructions Scriptures give us regarding persistence, including reasons to remain persistent as well as motivation for doing so.
- You develop persistence as you listen to and put into practice the teachings of those given the responsibility to “equip God’s people.” Ephesians 4:11-16 indicates that maturity and unity in faith develop as you listen to godly teachers. This maturity and unity provide a foundation for persistence that keeps you able to “hold to the truth in love” as you become more like Christ.
- Persistence develops as you “remain in” and “stay joined to” Jesus. Apart from Jesus, you will dry up and fail to bear fruit. Keeping connected to Him and His Word develops your confidence in Him to supply all your needs. (See John 15:4-8.)
- Praying “at all times and on every occasion” develops your ability to be persistent in all areas. Learning to make prayer a habit develops a consistent dependence on Christ. Consistency in this area provides the basis needed to be consistent in all other areas of life. (See Ephesians 6:18.)
- Making a plan and moving forward in that plan increases your ability to remain persistent. Even when you’re tired and weary, you set an example. Having a plan to follow takes away the emotion factor and allows you to move forward even when you feel weak and tired (Hebrews 12:12).
- Knowing your convictions before you need something to stand on keeps your ability to be persistent strong. When struggles come, your beliefs and convictions give the hope needed to stay faithful (2 Timothy 1:12). They make decisions ahead of time that would be clouded when emotions run rampant.
- Continuing to do good gives your persistence necessary focus. While doing good sometimes seems fruitless and selfishness seems to be the way to prosper, don’t not lose sight of the fact that God does bless those who do good (Galatians 6:9-10).
As I thought about persistence and how it exists in my life, I realized that it didn’t pop out of nowhere. Persistence seems to be an integral part of who I am, and I believe that is true for everyone. Unfortunately, we too often learn to ignore that part of our selves. We live in an instant-gratification society that has taught us we don’t need to be persistent to get what we desire.
But fortunately, He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). That means that persistence can rise up again as we realize that God encourages as well as gives motivation for being persistent. The rewards – the victories – are so great and well worth any wait!
DISCUSSION: What does knowing God’s view of persistence do for your desire to never give up?