Flex Your Perseverance Muscle

I have lived long enough to know that in life you will have problems, trials and tribulations, but Jesus, the Prince of Peace, tells us to “be of good cheer” when facing tribulations in John 16:33:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

I prefer to call “problems, trials and tribulations” – “tests, challenges and opportunities” because they contain a silver lining of victory if you will give God time to help you identify your blind spots and learn to walk by faith in His Word and not by sight.

Though the tough times in life are hard on your flesh, when you outlast them by faith, they will work for you to produce great reward, according to James 1:2-4, which says:

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

A synonym for the word “patience” in the verse above is perseverance. When you persevere by faith in God’s Word, you will experience His unfailing love, wisdom, power, strength, divine connections, and provision to overcome obstacles. You cannot lose with the faith you use when you keep your mind fixed on Christ Jesus, Who is the immutable, infallible, indefatigable Word of God that when acted upon produces peace and results (Is. 26:33).

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “persevere” means “to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter-influences, opposition, or discouragement. It also means “to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties.”

The best example of a “perseverer” in the Bible to me is Jesus. Sometimes I sit and think about how hard it must have been for Him. Who had never sinned to patiently bear the sins of the people past, present, and future while enduring being beaten, humiliated, and ultimately dying a horrific death on Calvary’s cross to forgive all of our sins. 

Jesus sacrificed His life so that every sinner could have the right to receive the gift of salvation by confessing Him as our Savior and Lord, essentially restoring every believer into the kingdom of God, in accordance with Elohim’s original “kingdom dominion mandate”written in Gen. 1:26-28.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Elohim established this “kingdom dominion mandate”for every child of God to rule and reign in life as kings in Christ Jesus. It is by having an intimate relationship with Christ Jesus and revelation knowledge of His Word that you have been given divine access to come boldly to Father God’s throne to obtain the mercy and grace you need to persevere and solve every problem, trial, and tribulation (Rom. 5:17). You are a “kingdom solutionist” by the victory Christ Jesus has won for you by His death on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection. 

Do you ever sit down and think about God’s unconditional love? When I focus on God’s love for me, I instantly receive inner strength from Holy Spirit to patiently endure life’s inevitable struggles. My mind shifts to meditating on the victory Jesus has already obtained for me at Calvary’s cross, stabilizing my thoughts and emotions. I speak what I desire based on God’s promises, not my circumstances or what my five senses perceive. I like what Apostle Paul says in 2 Cor. 4:17-18 about afflictions:

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Paul calls the trials and tribulations you will face in this world “light afflictions,” which will work for your good when you focus on the eternal things above in God’s kingdom. These eternal things are the promises of God that are “yes and amen” towards you. What is meant by eternal things? 

Everything that is in heaven, including the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your human spirit, such as love, joy, peace, faithfulness, and more to wholeness, abundance, provision, right relationships, wisdom, revelation, and knowledge. 

Everything you will ever need to fulfill your prophetic destiny in life is contained in the supply of God’s glory, which is His goodness, majesty, and splendor. God continually reveals His glory to you when you read, meditate, study and obey His Word, nourishing your spirit, renewing your mind, and healing your body. So think on these things, according to Philippians 4:8, to walk in continual victory:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 

As you renew your mind, you are continually being conformed to the image of Christ Jesus. You have a treasure chest of Daddy God’s infinite wisdom awaiting your discovery in the Bible, so you can be  more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. Your heavenly Father’s good pleasure is to supply everything you need to advance His kingdom, so you bear much fruit glorifying Him (John 15:5-9). 

To cultivate perseverance, read, meditate, study, speak, pray, decree, declare and act on God’sWord to apply it to your situation. Then take specific, consistent, strategic steps to solve your problem, and eventually, you will persevere through the trial to achieve your goal. Through faith and patience, you inherit God’s promises, so hold fast to your confession of faith no matter what you see or feel (Heb. 6:12, 10:23). 

You glorify Father God when you trust and depend upon His Word to overcome life’s circumstances, enabling you to complete your divine purposes and destiny. Daddy God has sent you to earth to release His glory (goodness) by resisting all opposition that will try to stop you from completing your divine assignments for God’s glory.

Your heavenly Father promises you in His Word that no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Decree this verse daily over your life until you renew your mind with this supernatural truth that will enable you to persevere through tests, trials, and tribulations and get the victory. 

Know, perceive and understand that Daddy God’s eternal love (agape) means He will never leave nor forsake you. He has provided everything you will ever need by faith in Christ Jesus, so you are ALWAYS TRIUMPHANT (2 Cor. 2:14)!

If the snail could focus on sliding inch by inch along the ground filled with obstacles like rocks, hills, valleys, and other debris to reach Noah’s ark, how much more should you, as a victorious child of the Most High God hidden in Christ Jesus, filled with Holy Spirit’s supernatural power and decreeing God’s supernatural Word, be able to endure and overcome life’s obstacles? And you will if you continue to increase your faith in God’s Word, trusting and obeying Jesus, Who is the Author and Finisher of your faith. He will ALWAYS give you the grace you need to persevere against life’s “problems, trials, and tribulations” to cross the finish line of victory in Christ Jesus. So keep your eye on the prize and do not look back (Phil.3:13-14)!

By Pastor & Coach Karen “KG” Gardner, Pure Freedom Ministries Alaska

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