There is nothing hidden except it is a secret and there is nothing found except it is a treasure. Col 1:26, Deut 29:29 .
You need an attitude attaining the altitude and what you grow with is what u flow with. Understanding perseverance is the attitude that you need to have to attain greater altitude in this world.
Perseverance involves doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Perseverance means unrelenting persistence however, it is a choice.
Because of the perseverance of one woman, the name of a disarrayed family was restored. (Ruth). It takes only one person to make the stand in order for generational curses to be broken.
Inasmuch as perseverance is a choice, it still needs an approval. James 1:2 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him/
Perseverance is the most difficult things in this world and therefore not meant for lazy people. Our natural tendency is to run while perseverance is the opposite of our natural self and requires supernatural intervention.
What encourages perseverance?
- Understanding of the word of God Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee
For ever o lord your word is settled in heaven
Luke was not a disciple but he wrote a book consisting of 24 chapters in the bible because he understood the word. He did research. Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus
Prov 1:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made
The sword of the spirit is the word of God Eph 6:17.
- Vision: Chase a target Ruth 1:11- 14 Turn again my daughters, Go your way…But Ruth Clave to her.
What keeps you going is your vision. Ruth saw, she clave to her because she had a long time stay, though my husband is dead yet I still have a purpose. There is a reason why I am here which is not being fulfilled yet.
When you have a vision, there is a desperation. Phil 3:14 Paul Said: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
Vision has a price tag and has a prize to be won. Vision = Price + Price. The price for the prize is perseverance.
Hebrew 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God
The reason why Jesus endured the pain was because of the joy that was set before him: Vision.
When you loose vision , you loose mission. A vision that is not scary is itself a nightmare and a vision that’s too small is a wishful thinking
- Prayer: Before perseverance comes prayer. Ruth 2:2 Let me now go to the field and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.
There are 2 types of perseverance: Carnal Perseverance and a spirit filled Perseverance
Carnal perseverance takes you a step further but the spirit filled perseverance takes you to the mountain peak.
Ruth prayed for grace before she thought of persevering. As a matter of fact, you pray to persevere. Without prayer there can’t be perseverance.
The breakthrough was eminent sprout in Ruth 2:10-12 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust
Perseverance does not give your helpers good sleep…Keep knocking Ruth 3:18
Formula for perseverance = Prayer + work + tarrying (Extra effort) + FINO
FINO = Failure is not an option. After perseverance comes blessing and Fame Ruth 4:12-15
The name of Boaz and Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus according to Matthew appeared in number 11 while their name appeared in number 32 Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus according to Luke.
Number 11 means spiritual belongingness, refinement, balance or fulfilment while Number 32 means the totality of men on the earth. The number 32 is used 11 times in the Bible.
For every human action, there is God’s reaction therefore it is human action that produces divine reaction.
Preacher: Bro. Emmanuel.