Power of Perseverance

Pray with patient endurance. Whatever your pain, whatever your circumstance, whatever difficult person you are dealing with know that you are loved by God. He has not forgotten you. He is with you. You may be reading this at work, in your home, or in a coffee shop.

Wherever you are, God is with you.

While you pray be patient as God works in your heart and in the
heart of the person you are praying for. Consider that God is refining you.

“We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

We don’t see what God is doing as we pray, but know He’s at work in the situation. He is in the process of building our character. Continue to pray. Paul says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer,” Romans 12:12.

Don’t give up.

In Luke 18:1-8 “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.   He said, “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused.  But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Matthew 7:7,11  “Ask and it will be given to you;  seek and you will
find…If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him?”

The blessing is on the other side of the storm. God wants us to seek Him with all of our heart and stay faithful in prayer for that difficult person. How bad do you want reconciliation?

Especially in marriage, God wants your relationship to be reconciled, because He hates divorce and what it does to the family. With that said, God tells us to love others as ourselves. When we are being harmed, or our children, or others are being harmed we have a responsibility to protect.

Love always protects, (1Corinthians 13:7).

When there is physical and emotional abuse we must stand for righteousness and protect those being abused. Sometimes merely speaking truth in love will stop the abuse, other times it may mean putting physical space to send a strong message. The consequences we implement for destructive behavior can bring about a repentant heart and ultimately true change.

Either way, seek God with all your heart and read His Word. When we seek God we establish an intimate relationship. When you surrender the situation to God and trust Him, He will direct your path and what you need to do next.

Our ultimate reward for perseverance will come in heaven, promised in James 1:12, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

Our true reward is Jesus. When we abide in Him through obedience we will have an abundant life here in the midst of our trial. Although the situation may seem overwhelming we will experience His joy, peace and strength. We experience Jesus and there is nothing better than that.

Too many people give up too quickly, not giving God the opportunity to do a good work in the heart and mind of the unlovable. Instead of staying faithful in prayer to gain intimacy with the One true living God we walk away, give-up, stop praying, and reflect little faith in our Mighty God who does miracles and is the Miracle. We miss the blessing of knowing Jesus intimately and seeing Him at work in our lives.

Are you crying out to God for the Miracle?

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4 Comments

  1. Donna

     /  October 4, 2012

    Well said!

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  2. Kenji Stratton

     /  September 29, 2012

    Perseverance is right. It’s all or nothing. We’re either for Him or against Him.
    “But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
    It’s always sunny when the storm clears…

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    • When we persevere we see Him at work. I like how you said it’s always sunny when the storm clears…good point. The Son can shine through us.

      Reply

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