Here is how to persevere, biblically. Paul likens it to the training of the body. Training requires discipline. Perseverance though, is much about the will, the heart, surrender. Does sticking it out conflict somehow? Well, because we utterly depend on God, sometimes it can be confusing to understand just what it is to persevere. This is a lively discussion about how we can depend on the Holy Spirit to work spiritual growth in us while we exercise our responsibility to strive – in faith. In Where Is the Power of the Cross in My Life I explore the answer to this seemingly simple question. I learned a lot preparing this episode. We are to compete so as to win and train so as to compete. I cannot compete in a marathon unless I train to a level of readiness consistent with the goal.
Here, we lay out the biblical perspective on perseverance leveraging scripture, Charles Spurgeon, Jerry Bridges, John MacArthur, John Piper as well as various studies. Listen in. Here are four steps that will encourage you in your walk. Be in the Word – in my experience, everything stems from that, it is the grease on the skids. Be empowered by the Holy Spirit who will help you persevere; it’s not something we do on our own.
1) Firmly believe in and stand on the Gospel of Jesus Christ
2) Train our minds (and bodies) by the exercise of reading and meditating on God’s word daily. Fix our eyes on Christ by holding to His teaching. Hebrews 12:2. If we don’t know what He teaches we cannot hold to it and apart from Him we will not bear fruit
3) Offer our bodies as living sacrifices in accordance with what is revealed in the Word. According to Paul in Romans 12:1,2 this is our spiritual act of worship. Repent of convictions we receive in Christ as we train in the Word. Going forward, make choices for what is right and avoid sin as a matter of the will.
4) Commune with God often in prayer throughout the day as a friend who is with you. Also, commit to do so with intention several times a day. Make an appointment with God …. and keep it. He won’t fail you.
Helpful Resources Mentioned
A quick comment about the bible I used to prepare this discussion, the Thompson Chain-Reference bible. It is one of the best study bibles on the market and has been for years. It’s focus is not on commentary but rather a system of topical chains that you can follow through the entirety of scripture. It’s helps and archeological notes in the back are also great. I recommend this bible highly in any of it’s versions.