by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday August 16, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Power of Persistence
To be a person who perseveres, it is necessary to:
Learn the difference between being a failure and experiencing failure in life. Once we are in Christ, we are new creations and our past failings are just that - in the past. Any future missteps are to be regarded as temporary defeats; they do not define who we are. The apostle Paul learned this lesson well. No matter how many times he was reviled, chased out of town or stoned, he did not consider himself a failure. Rather, he looked to His Lord to determine who he was - a forgiven sinner commissioned to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. (Acts 22:10, 21).
Learn that encountering trials and tests does not automatically mean to change direction. They may delay us in reaching our goals, but they are not necessarily a dead end. Look at trials, not as reasons to quit, but as opportunities that can assist us in reaching our goals. In moments of defeat, God wants to teach us something that will help us succeed later on. Paul did not interpret the tragic events of his life as signals to stop. He knew what God was calling him to do and was committed to accomplishing it. He also experienced the power of persistence to transform his character and give him hope. (Romans 5:3-4) Such hope sustains us, even in our greatest crises.
Through the work of His Holy Spirit, God will give us the ability to stay on course. Do not give up. Draw near to God and allow His power to sustain you.
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