Perseverance in Faith
There have been so many incredible heroes who have gone before us, stepping into their purpose to make a difference, shaping the world to what we know it today.
Some names along the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, even Bethany Hamilton (who despite her disability never gave up on her purpose and calling).
We can all learn from these incredible leaders, and there are so many attributes that have made them stand out heroes. However, I want to focus on one attribute that these three figures had, which is pivotal to ‘Stepping into your Purpose’, - and that is perseverance in faith!
Perseverance can be a hard task when we live in a world filled with negativity - especially towards Christianity and God. But one thing you can be sure of is that God is on your side! If our Creator called you and created your purpose, he intends for you to reach it. It might seem bigger than you right now… and you know what, IT IS! But let me encourage you with the story of how the prophet Jeremiah came to be and how God called him.
Through Jeremiah chapter 1 (in a nutshell), we see God calling Jeremiah to be a prophet to not only his people but THE NATIONS - scary task right? But God goes over and above to assure and equip Jeremiah for his purpose (Jer. 1:9-14). In all honesty, Jeremiah had it pretty heavy in the area of purpose, but God promises Jeremiah that He will never leave or forsake him.
From this message we can have the utmost assurance that God intends you to reach your purpose, even if the task seems difficult. We can take notes from Jeremiah’s persistence to succeed with God! The enemy cannot touch what God has appointed, unless we give him permission. God has called you to succeed in your purpose because He believes in you and created you for that specific thing. He is with you and you have all of heaven backing you! So get your game face on, keep pressing on and don’t listen to the enemy’s lies and discouragement. Persistence is key to seeing your God given purpose come to life!
You, the very person reading this, can and will be a hero this world needs, so take heart and listen to the promise God gave Jeremiah - "'They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the Lord.” (Jer. 1:19)
Jeremiah 1:9–14 (NIV) 9Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” 11The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. 12The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” 13The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?” “I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.” 14The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.
Jeremiah 1:19 (NIV) 19They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
When we realize that will rescue us when can have the strength to step out and fulfill of purpose.
For me, faith is what gives the perseverance. Faith tells me God did, God can and God will. It kind of goes back to the waiting thing: God works in his own time, but if I have this kind of faith, I can persevere until he finishes what he started in me.