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perseverance

I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t felt like giving up at one time or another.  Truth is it isn’t something a person generally deals with once and then never has to deal with again. 

I read a great book dealing with just that.  Principles of Perseverance by Wes Daughenbaugh.  This blog is a review of that book.

2 Corinthians 10:5  “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  Our thoughts can either push us forward or send us backward.  

“Your ability to continue obeying God, your perseverance, will be in direct proportion to how you guard and control your thoughts.”  (p 40)

Wes brought up the story of David and Goliath.   David’s agenda was to be obedient to his father.  He went to check on his brothers.  Upon arrival and the realization of what was going on, David stepped up to the plate.  He knew who His God was.  Who was this Philistine that thought he could defy God?

First  his motives are questioned.  His own brother jumps on him calling him irresponsible, insignificant, and wicked.  Then as if that wasn’t enough others joined in with the same response.    If David would have listened to even a portion of that, the story would have had a different ending.

Hypocrites are great at accusing pure hearted people of having the same spiritual problems they have but are unaware of.” (p.57) 

Next David is challenged by Saul.  David was only a boy.  What could he possibly know about fighting?  Maybe Saul thought that David was making a mockery of all of them.  However, David managed to present his case successfully.   Saul did try to get David to be something he wasn’t (all the garments, helmet and armour).   However, God had provided David with exactly what he needed.  David went as himself.  (What a great idea!)

Lastly Goliath tried to mess with David’s thoughts.   “You are in way over your head David.”   The Philistine cursed David.  I can almost hear Goliath laughing at David.

At any point in the story David could have given up.  Yet he knew God.  He persevered and saw victory.   Having his motives questioned, being pressured to be something he wasn’t, and being cursed at were all thoughts that David did not focus on.

Wes also talks about the ‘covering of grace’. 

“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Prov 15:15).   We could say, “All the days of those who react to their situation negatively are wretched, but  those who react positively have a continual covering of grace.”    (p 81)

What a powerful tool we have.  If we only make the effort to react with joy and praise to negative circumstances then we will have this covering of grace.    What exactly is this covering of grace?  It is the very presence of God in our lives that will enable us to overcome any situation that would otherwise bring us down.  I am reminded of Paul and Silas singing in the prison.  It was a choice that they made.  We always have a choice. 

What thoughts are you thinking? 

Principles of Perseverance – What to do instead of Giving Up” is a book worth reading.   

til next time

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February 21, 2010 - Posted by | spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Perseverance..what a great idea! You go girl!!! Stay with it.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | February 22, 2010 | Reply


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