Persevere – “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition”
Here is a visual reminder of what it means to persevere and not give up.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
“Then there is the call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.” (Oswald Chambers)
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25)
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” (Philippians 1:12-14)
“God doesn’t want us to let our circumstances drive us.” (Wally Odum)
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
“He loves you enough to allow you to be refined. We can only be refined when trials come.” (Brad Henry)
Do you know someone who needs encouragement today? Pass this on to them.
I remember walking into the church office one day and one of our pastors was visibly frustrated. She looked at me and said, “If I read one more sports illustration in this book, I’m going to lose my mind.” (She was reading a popular book on leadership.) Lately, I’ve been listening to a very well-known preacher and enjoying the way he unfolds Scripture. As I’ve listened, I’ve begun to realize that his illustration default is C.S. Lewis. He can quote him 3-4 times in one message. (Can I still go to heaven if I’m not a great lover of Narnia?) Another pastor whose church I often visit while on vacation has personal illustrations as his “go to”. These are not criticisms just observations.
Sermon illustrations are windows in a message and for me the more windows the better. Continue reading…
I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic turned to parenting. In the course of our conversation I said that we were fortunate, we never worried about our kids so we never had to give them a curfew. My friend told be what their parents did to make sure they were home on time and I thought it was brilliant!!!
Buy an old-fashioned alarm clock. You know the one ones that wind up with the bells on top.
Show your teenager how it works and how to turn it off.
Before your teen heads out for the night, state the time they must be home and set the clock to that time. In their presence put the clock at the bottom of the steps and say, “You need to be home to turn this off before the alarm goes on. If the clock wakes me up there will be a price to pay. Good night.” Then go to bed and sleep well:)
Told you it was simple:)