• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Values — PERSEVERANCE — Seeing It Through


“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Ephesians 6:18

Perseverance — steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose or a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement

Who has never been discouraged? Who has never faced disappointment when pursuing a goal and being delayed time after time? Anyone? Anyone?

Most, if not all, of us have, to one degree or another. But, when we persevere despite the setbacks, eventually we reach our goal and many times in an even greater measure than we had anticipated.

Perseverance doesn’t come easily. It costs us something. Mostly, the costs are emotional and attitudinal. But it can often cost us in more tangible ways. Financially, relationally, physically and materially, and that price can be very high.

Jesus modeled the greatest measure of perseverance anyone can ever know. He did it by fixing His focus on the end result He was pursuing not the moment by moment test and trial He had to face on the way to it.

“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. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3

Perseverance is a value of the heart that causes us not to give up in pursuit of our righteous cause or purpose when resistance, discouragement, disappointment or protracted time comes to rob us of our zeal, our energy and passion to reach our goal.

Perseverance steels our resolve to keep pressing forward no matter how long it takes or how many obstacles we have to overcome along the way. The devil may come with all kinds of challenges and attacks against us but we are persuaded that God in us is great than the devil in the world.

The key to our success is in the direction of our focus. Jesus looked to the “joy that was set before Him.” That joy was our redemption from death, hell and the grave. It was His love for us that kept Him on the journey to the cross. And it was His love for us that kept Him on the cross until the work of salvation was finished. “Tetelestai!,” It is finished!, He shouted as He gave up His life.

And now we have that same spirit of perseverance living in us, particularly in the area of prayers of intercession for brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, and that with all perseverance.

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Ephesians 6:18

The most effective assault against perseverance is lethargy and the pull of the things of this world, entertainment, pleasure, recreation, none of which are inherently evil, in fact they can all be very good for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, but they too often become a pathway to diminishing our faith in God and a desensitization that results from the compelling, subtle temptation to be easily dissuaded from the idea that we can make a difference and more specifically that our prayers matter.

By perseverance we press through the fog of that lie by keeping our eyes on Jesus until we see Him one day face to face.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…consider Him who endured… lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:2-3

Persevere until you see your reward.

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