A call to persevere

I have one word on my mind today. Perseverance. Perseverance is about being resolute in your mind about determination. It can be defined as staying power. I like that definition because sometimes in life it is easier to throw our hands up in the air and say, “Well, I tried”. Sometimes it is easier to walk away than to engage. Easier to let go than to hold on. Staying power. Power is the capacity or ability of a thing. So, staying power, is the capacity or the ability to stay resolute in a situation that is forcing you to do otherwise.

How then do we persevere and how do we know that we have this staying power in us? James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance”. It is through trouble and things not going our way that God tests our perseverance.

I will let you in on a secret, testing is not for God’s benefit. He already knows how much you can endure. It is instead for our benefit, that when we come out the other end of the test, we may turn around and see the glorious work of the Holy Spirit in us because we know we could not have done it in our own strength. We are all called to persevere. What is testing your staying power this week? Like in the picture, if God is able to give birds the power (capacity) to stand on electrical wires, stay there and not get electrocuted, He too can give you the power to stay in whatever situation the enemy is using to try displace you out of God’s will. Persevere.  

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