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Perseverance means not giving up. It is persistence, tenacity and the effort required to do something and keep believing and doing something even when it’s hard.

The bible talks about perseverance and that persevering in our faith produces steadfastness. When this “steadfastness has its full effect it says it’s so, “that we may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

James 1:2-4, 12 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Learning to persevere in life and in our faith is an important part of living the life God has planned for us. When we fail to persevere through difficulties, setbacks or things we may be afraid of or find challenging we will be far more prone to keep giving up, which is not something God wants for us. He doesn’t give up, He remains faithful and He always says keep going, keep running your race, keep believing and keep moving forward with me. That’s because He wants us to fulfil the purpose for which He made us so that we would be able to live the full and overflowing life where our joy is complete, that He has planned and desires for us.  (John 10:10) Plus we also have a great cloud of witnesses in heavenly places who cheer us on and encourage us to keep persevering.

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Whatever you are facing today, I encourage you to seek God for His wisdom. Clarify if what you are believing for and focusing on are things that He desires for your life. If they are, then keep going even if it’s hard, because you will surely get there and reap the benefits of perserverance if you do.

Prayer: Lord thank you for your strength and help today. Please help me to persevere in the things you have directed me in until I reach my goal. In Jesus name Amen.