Finish the race, keep the faith - Persist.
Persistence is what we do when we press on full knowing that God has promised good to us and we won’t settle for anything less than his best.
The employer says it’s looks like you didn’t get the job - persistence says that job is mine, I will apply again.
The employer says, now look that job is taken and our company is full - persistence says I will write you my best report and give it to you.
The employer says great report but we still have no jobs, persistence says I will do some work for you free of charge for two months. See ... you don’t want anything that much until you are willing to persist in its pursuit Persistence to obtain is as much a law in our natural world and it is in the spiritual world Persistence is strongly related to belief.
Our belief that God wants to bless us - that is what initiates and maintains our persistence. Therefore, where the will of the father is known and obedience flows we must persist to obtain the promises.
We see persistence at work in the master of all negotiations as Abraham tangled with the creator of the universe to save Sodom & Gomorrah. Scripture says, “The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord” And so Abraham approached the Lord, - "What if there are fifty righteous people in the city, what about five less than fifty…what if only forty.. what if only thirty… what if only twenty… what if ten..."
See, his faith in a good God , a merciful God positioned his stand. Persistence is strongly related to perseverance , during the lengthy trials of life when all the outward circumstances do not seem to add up , persistence hands over to perseverance, but only for a season, and then we must take up the cross and persist again. Job said, "though he slay me yet shall I trust in him." See Persistence knits the garment of faith making our faith visible on the outside because just as we make the commitment to press in, the Lord honors our relentless effort and says “your faith has healed you” as he did with blind Bartimaeus, the woman with the issue of blood and others. With an attitude of persistence to obtain her daughter’s healing, the Canaanite woman was bold enough to press in and respond back to Jesus and say “even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table”. Jesus then said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”
When we do not press in, we are making a claim that there is a limit as to how much a good God can do for us. Many may have fallen short moments away from their victory. Our Lord Jesus taught us to pray and always pray, to ask and keep on asking. This is persistence. It’s not just a nice thing to do, it’s kingdom law. It’s the key that will unlock the toughest locks to the doors of your destiny. When we’ve persisted in prayer and are yet to see the answer, let us not grow weary, for this is not the end. We can persist in giving thanks to God for that answer by faith. We can also practice this faith act of persistence by sitting still before the Lord until we hear what his heart is concerning that particular matter. Persistence is the fuel you will need in the good fight of faith because by persistence we out live the enemies lies, his traps and his deceptions. Persistence expects and keeps on expecting. It’s a discipline and that’s why most will not persist.
Persistence demands personal responsibility and that’s why many sadly, will not persist. The Christian way in itself is a walk of persistence as we press on to take hold of that which Christ died to take a hold of us. Persistence will walk you right back into humility. As you rely, wait upon and hope in the Lord You say well.. how long do I need to persist? Well, - as long as it takes. Until you see an answer.
Naaman was told to deep seven times in the pool for his healing. Esther fasted three days and nights to save the nation of Israel. Daniel fasted for 21 days. The Israelites led by Joshua walked around the wall of Jericho seven times. They had a time frame you see.
But in other cases, we see a trust in God, simply by believing that God will do it when he does it. The disciples were told to wait in the upper room for an unknown amount of time with a promise that the promised Holy Spirit would come . And so wait they did. I repeat, our very Christian walk is one of persistence .. because as the Bible says no one knows the day, the time or the hour when our master returns.. and yet on we press. If you will dare to believe and refuse to back down, you will be a winner ! My prayer for you is that you will not be one who shrinks back and is destroyed but one who presses on and is saved. One who will receive the promises of life in abundance and to the full.
Get up, try again, persist.
1 Corinthians 9:24
1 Timothy 6:12