Sermon About Perseverance: The Power of Endurance

 The Power of Perseverance

Perseverance is an essential. It helps us overcome obstacles and stay focused on our goals. In fact, people who persevere tend to experience greater satisfaction with their lives.

Jesus tells us a parable (story) of a widow in Luke 18:1-8 It is a perfect example of perseverance in the Bible we can follow

Joseph  (Genesis chapters 37–50) endured much hardship. In all of these circumstances he maintained his faith in God, hepersevered and kept his hope in God’s deliverance. Even in the hardest times he didn’t compromisehis character to get ahead but was patient, waiting on the Lord’s timing.


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Why Do You Need Perseverance?

Let’s look at several Bible texts. We’ll see what perseverance is. And we’ll see that perseverance isnecessary and it is commanded of us. 

John 15:6 1 Corinthians 9:27 1 Corinthians 15:1-2

Matthew 24:13, “but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Also Matt 10:22)

John 8:31, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you arereally my disciples.”

If you’re looking to succeed at anything, whether it’s school, work, sports, or personal development, you need to keep going even when things seem difficult. This is because there will be times when you feel discouraged or overwhelmed by challenges.

I. The Necessity of Perseverance: (Hebrews 10:36)

In Hebrews 10:36, the writer reminds us that endurance is needed to do the will of God. Perseverance is not a mere option but a necessity in our Christian journey. It's the unwavering determination to continue in our faith despite the challenges and setbacks that may come our way. It's an acknowledgment that our faith is a marathon, not a sprint, and that through perseverance, we attain God's promises.

II. Persevering in Prayer: (Luke 18:1)

In Luke 18:1, Jesus teaches us the importance of persevering in prayer. Just as the persistent widow continually sought justice from an unjust judge, we, too, must maintain our prayers with unyielding persistence. 

Our heavenly Father delights in our perseverance, and through it, we not only seek His intervention but also grow closer to Him.

III. Perseverance in Times of Tribulation: (Romans 5:3-4)

Romans 5:3-4 tells us that tribulations produce perseverance, which, in turn, produces character and hope. Tribulations will inevitably come our way, but it's through perseverance that we transform adversity into an opportunity for spiritual growth. As we endure these trials, we develop character, and through character, we gain a hope that anchors us in God's promises.

IV. Enduring in Hope: (Romans 8:25)

Romans 8:25 reminds us that if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Hope is a key aspect of our perseverance. It's the belief that God's promises will be fulfilled even when we cannot yet see the evidence. 

We endure, knowing that our hope in Christ's return, His redemption, and eternal life is well-founded.

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V. Persevering in Righteousness: (Proverbs 24:16)

Proverbs 24:16 emphasizes the importance of persevering in righteousness. The righteous may fall seven times, but they rise again. It's not the absence of failures but the willingness to stand up and continue the pursuit of righteousness that characterizes the persevering believer. Righteousness is not about being perfect but consistently striving to live in obedience to God.

VI. Persevering in the Testimony: (Matthew 5:16)

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus encourages us to let our light shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. Our perseverance serves as a powerful testimony of God's faithfulness. 

When we continue in faith, hope, love, and righteousness even in the face of adversity, we reveal the transformative power of God at work in our lives.

VII. Reward of Perseverance: (James 1:12)

James 1:12 reminds us of the promise of a crown of life for those who persevere under trial. This divine reward is not only eternal life but a recognition of our unwavering faith in the face of difficulties. It's the acknowledgment of our commitment to God's will, even when tested. 

The reward of perseverance is not only a future hope but also a present assurance that we are on the right path, in alignment with God's purpose.

VIII. How Can You Develop Perseverance?

The stabilityof that covenant is as safe as the oath, and promise, and power of God can make it (Psa 89:30, 34; He-brews 6:18-19). They are “loved by him with an everlasting love” (Jer 31:3). They are “chosen to salva-tion” (Eph 1:4; 2Th 2:13). And God, their gracious and reconciled Father, “will rest in his love” (Zep3:17). 

There are several ways to develop perseverance. One of the easiest ways is to focus on the positive aspects of life. By doing this, you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come and how much further you still have to go. 

Another way to build perseverance is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps you stay focused on the present moment and not let negative thoughts distract you from achieving your goals.

Their safety, as believers in Jesus, is secured by the Word and promise of the “God that cannotlie.” He has said that He will “never leave them nor forsake them” (Heb 13:5), that they shall “neverperish” (Joh 10:28), and that He will “confirm them unto the end” (1Co 1:8).

IX. People with hope standout, 1 Peter 3:15.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

Our hope is not in a new car, more clothes, just having a good time, or other physical things.

Our hope is in heaven, Colossians 1:5.

Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.

Our hope is alive, 1 Peter 1:3.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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Perseverance is the adhesive that binds our faith to God's promises. It's the unwavering trust that even in the storms of life, we will remain anchored in the unchanging character of our Lord. Our faith is not one of convenience but a robust commitment that endures through every trial, fueled by hope and righteousness. In perseverance, our prayers find power, our testimony shines, and our reward awaits. Today, let us take inspiration from the Scriptures and make the choice to persevere, trusting that our heavenly Father will faithfully honor our commitment.

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