Persistence, Perseverance, and Patience

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Persistence, Perseverance, and Patience

Don’t set an ambush, wicked man, at the camp of the righteous man; don’t destroy his dwelling. Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. Don’t gloat when your enemy falls, and don’t let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, or the Lord will see, be displeased, and turn His wrath away from him. Don’t worry because of evildoers, and don’t envy the wicked. For the evil have no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out. My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king, and don’t associate with rebels, for their destruction will come suddenly; who knows what disaster these two can bring? Prov 24:15-22 (HCSB)

In this life, all who face the challenges of this world should remember will contend with wickedness, replete with obstacles to overcome, and evil plots that will stir rebellion even in your heart. However, the righteous are equipped to overcome. With God on your side, you have not only His presence but  His gift of persistence, perseverance, and patience within you. These qualities are a necessity in the life of a righteous person. They are the same traits our Lord God exhibits toward us every day.

Persistence is the unyielding attitude that urges you to “never, never, never quit!” It motivates you to get back up, no matter how repeatedly you may stumble and fall, and confront the obstacle that caused you to stumble and fall. Persistence is what it takes to overcome the forces of evil that do not want us to prosper and succeed in this world.

Perseverance is the strength to stand firm when the currents run against you because the wicked of the world desires we run away. Perseverance allows us to struggle upstream while everyone else is rushing downstream, not wanting or willing to do what is right, but rather blend in with the wicked ways of the world and become like everyone else.

Patience is the trait that says though you cannot yet reach the goal you seek, the way will reveal itself in due time. The destination you seek may not be reachable but the way exists around the next bend of the road. Patience governs perseverance and persistence to enable you to overcome all obstacles and opposition to discover the life Lord God has promised you.

There will be much resistance and rebellion along the journey. Crowds will become angry mobs because they are unable to stay the course and will blame those in authority and even God. But, do not falter. A day will come when the anger will subside when the opposing current stops rushing against you, and the preferable future comes into plain view. On that day, tears of joy will flow when you see what God intended. You will also discover all the others who like you fought the good fight and are cheering you on. And, God will declare, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Choosing the right ways in this world does not guarantee they are easy ways. Quite to the contrary, there will be times your faith will be tested to the limits, your strength seemingly exhausted, and your mind, body, and heart will falter during a test of your faith, but when you align yourself to God’s will and ways, you will always find the persistence, perseverance, and patience to pass the test.

Never, never, never quit! Never retreat, offer no regret, and go forward without reservation in pursuit of God’s will and ways for your life.

Coach

Note: Like other devotions here on CoachBrown.org, the characters in the Shiloh Mystery Series (Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories; Testament, An Unexpected Return; and Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest) reflect the same choices and consequences we likewise face in our lives. How each story plays out is rooted in the values espoused by the values you find here in CoachBrown.org–over a decade of reflections applying biblical values to our lives. Visit TMBrownAuthor.com to learn more about my inspirational Southern stories.

Know Our Self to Know God

When is God heard the clearest, in the stillness of a quiet moment each day or when the pews are packed each week?

Know Our Self to Know God

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these, he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4

When we walk in harmony within ourselves, uncluttered, we will be freed to comprehend the divinely important things in life without effort, because we will receive understanding from God. Likewise, pursuing knowledge of ourselves provides the surest way to know God, as opposed to solely trusting in intellectual or academic expositions written by the wisdom of man.

God created us in the image of himself. What would it serve to consult with another image of God? Have we not a unique knowledge of our creator within each of us? Our quest to know and connect with God begins with understanding ourselves.

How can we confidently grasp what we need for life and godliness? Doesn’t the study of God’s will, ways, and wisdom contained within our particular translation of the Bible point out the futility of our efforts to try and understand the unfathomable thoughts and ways of God? However, when we accept that reality and humble ourselves, then God presents the benefit of knowing him and his godly wisdom through his whispers within our heart. From our creation, his spirit has resided within us making available to us everything we need to hear and understand. In truth, God enjoys revealing his truth to all his children, especially those who seek him with the uncluttered innocence of a child; whose soul, heart and mind are far more receptive to listening and learning about God’s will, ways, and wisdom to guide their lives. For this reason, our Heavenly Father always rejoices and smiles upon us as his children, no matter our age in life.

For those who believe we can learn about God through worldly sources and understanding, how can anyone believe that the created can know the mind of the creator? Thus, our only hope is to freely surrender our souls, hearts, and minds to the author of all knowledge and understanding. We need to trust that God’s Spirit will guide us in the thoughts and knowledge that we need to know so that we will know him for who he truly is, our Heavenly Father.

Learning for the sake of learning about worldly matters is good, but when it comes to eternal, divine, heavenly understanding and wisdom seek the author and creator directly. He alone knows best what we need to understand and to pursue in this world, so that we may enjoy this life and the life to come.

My prayer today: Heavenly Father, there remains much that I wish to learn and know about you, but I do trust by faith that your Spirit will share all that I need to know if only I will quiet the clutter and distractions in my life and just continue to listen intently to your whispers. Please allow my soul, heart, and mind to heed what I need to know and to apply to my life. May I strive daily to be worthy of humbly pursuing your will, ways, and wisdom. May I never tire of wanting to share my thirst for you with my family. May I likewise inspire others to seek a closer walk with you, my Lord and Savior so they too may discover the life-giving truth you make available to each of us. Thank you, my God and Savior. Amen
For additional reading: Deut 30:17; Isa 44:1-2; 45:9,18; 24-25; Pro 3:5-7; 13-18; 8:35; Ps 112:1-2; 128:1; Matt 16:26; John 1:18; 4:23; 2 Tim 2:15; 2 Co 3:6

Coach

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