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Running with Perseverance 5/15/15 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 12:1

As Christ followers, we are called to persevere. But what does that mean? Oswald Chambers says, “Perseverance means more than endurance—more than simply holding on until the end.”

Perseverance is not simply “making it.” It is not even a completion of a task. Perseverance in the Christian walk means straining forward with effort, intentionality, and most importantly maintaining a deep intimacy with God. We are able to persevere because we have faith. Faith is not emotional—rather it is a strong and vigorous confidence. We do not deny reality, but instead live in assurance that our Holy God is Sovereign, in complete control, and more than able to carry us through. Chambers continues to say, “God ventured His all in Jesus Christ to save us, and now He wants us to venture our all with total abandoned confidence in Him.”

In what area of your life are you struggling to persevere with assurance? It could be something big—an illness, loss of a loved one, or unemployment. Maybe it’s something mundane like the day to day grind of motherhood, a hard day at work, or keeping up with the laundry. James 5 reminds us to think of Job and consider God’s character in our perseverance. “You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” We persevere not with our own strength, but by a deep faith in our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Daniel is a Biblical example of committed perseverance through faith. When he learned of his fate to be thrown in the fiery furnace, he said, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods.”

To persevere is not merely to survive—it is to thrive.

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