“Webster’s” dictionary defines the word persevere as a steady persistence in a course of action or purpose in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. To persevere is to persist in pursuing something in spite of obstacles or opposition.
If you are trying to obtain anything of lasting value today you must persevere. The world and culture around us today requires us to hold fast to the goals we have set. There are and will be many obstacles along the way. It will be easy to get discouraged and give up. To get the prize today we must be tenacious.
The Bible speaks of the prize believers will receive when we get to Heaven. However, unlike the prizes here on Earth which will one day perish, the believer competes for a prize in Heaven that is imperishable. We must be willing to fight the good fight of faith.
The Bible tells us in the book of Romans that we can glory in tribulations because tribulation produces perseverance. Why is that good? Because perseverance builds character and character brings hope. In the end hope is all we have. It’s our hope and trust in a God that we know loves us and He cares for us and He will bring us through.
The Bible tells us that in the last days men will be lovers of themselves. People will be proud, blasphemers, unthankful and without self-control. They will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
We see this everyday now. If we ever needed to persevere its now. Our one true hope is in a God who knows us and loves us and only wants the best for us.
I sense that we are on the brink of another great spiritual awakening. I have felt this and written about this for many years now. I am more convinced than ever that we are now very close. Things in us and around us continue to line up.
When I study the great awakenings of the past and see the condition of our world and the culture I know we are close.
I feel God is trying to position us for what is to come. That is why I believe there has been so much difficulty and so many obstacles along the way. It’s all the more reason we must persevere. Like it or not. Believe it or not. The Bible tells us that we have an enemy, his name is Satan. If we plan to do anything good for God, you can count on opposition coming your way.
I want to encourage you today to continue to fight the good fight of faith. God is up to something good. The battle is the Lord’s. Our job is to trust and obey and persevere. Push past the pain and always do what is right in the sight of the Lord. If we will hold on until the end, we are promised a crown in Heaven that will never perish. Let us be like many in the past who never gave up and ultimately received the prize.