Sermon Notes:Perseverance and the Christian
The Following are Pastor Crutchfield’s notes from the 2/10/13 service at Compassion Church of Katy.
Our Christian faith is not meant to be a moment in our lives. God’s answer does not always make its self known right away. One of the key ways we express our confidence in God and our faith is through perseverance. Perseverance is when we stay the course in our faith even when things may seem difficult.
Consider the words found in,
“ Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there, and praying for all believers.”
When things seem at their hardest we should not stop praying, but in fact pray harder and more often than ever ! Perseverance in the face of hardship is one of the ways we as Christians separate ourselves from the ways of the world. In our Perseverance we show our loyalty to God, and that which he has taught us.
Part of perseverance involves continuing and consistently applying God’s teachings in our daily lives. We see this in the words of ,
“But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in what ever they do.”
One of the biggest dangers that come with the struggles we face in live is they will cause us to forget God, and what he has taught us through our faith. Perseverance is about staying the course in our Christian walk even when things don’t seem like they are working out the way God promised.
Author C.S. Lewis once had this to say on the topic of perseverance,
“God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. “
Isn’t it interesting that he links perseverance with sincerity. The more sincere our faith the more likely we are to persevere.
Robert H. Schuller founder of the Chrystal Cathedral said
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
Rev. Schuller wasn’t talking about physical toughness, he was speaking of spiritual toughness. As Christians this is part of where we draw our perseverance from. The stronger that we grow our faith the easier it is for us to persevere. The tougher we are spiritually the harder it is for us to be distracted by the struggles of our life in this world.
There is a difference between perseverance and being obstinate 19th Century minister Henry Ward Beecher put it this way,
“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”
As Beecher says perseverance from a Christian perspective is about having a will strong enough not to be swayed from our faith, and what we know to be true about what it teaches.
Perseverance like much about our faith is not easy. Also like much of what we should practice this is the point. It is by persevering in our faith that we draw the power to endure what life throws at us. It could be said that our ability to persevere a is an outward sign of just how strong our faith is. Each struggle we persevere through prepares us for the next. This is how we prepare to endure events that we doubt we can.
- Perseverance – Whose Responsibility Is It? (mgriffinrobert.com)
- Use God’s Strength to Heal Your Broken Pieces (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- Sermon Notes:Patience and The Christian (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
- The Perseverance of Faith! (theoracle.cc)