Recently, I was on vacation visiting my god-sister in Florida. One of the many conversations we had ended with all the plans, hopes, dreams, and visions she has for her future in life and in ministry. I remember thinking there is no way she can accomplish all of that without God. I know her though and the life she lives. I know that she knows Who holds her life in the palm of His hands. I know without a shadow of a doubt she will indeed accomplish everything her heart desires and more. She knows God. She has tenacious faith.
There was one thing that kept beckoning me when I began to study Paul’s life. It was his go-getter character. Paul lived a tenacious life. Everything he did was done with his whole heart. If he believed in what he was trying to accomplish he did not slack! It did not matter if he was persecuting believers or ministering to them. On both ends of the spectrum, he approached life by always giving his all. This man was beaten to the very door of death, thrown in prison, gossiped about in churches where he ministered, gossiped about by friends, stoned, and shipwrecked. So many more discouraging things kept happening to him, but he kept the faith. He knew his end goal. Let me tell you it would take the hand of God to get me to the point of trying again if a lot of those things happened to me! He kept going time and time again! I wondered as I studied his life how many times is he going to get back up again? The answer is plainly as many times as was needed.
Tenacious: to keep a firm hold of something, to cling, to be determined…
Sometimes, life is hard and we want to give up on our goals. Ladies, have you ever been walking on the path of life and come to a fork in the road? A place where you wanted to give up or you did not know if it was worth it anymore? Guess what? Keep the faith! God can take you places that no man can if you dare to dream! God has given you the strength through Jesus to do everything. Brother Paul was aware of his human nature, but he also knew with God on his side he could get the kingdom business accomplished!
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians4:13
I am convinced Paul knew that no matter what was coming as long as he held on to his faith in Jesus he would make it to the other side. In his humanity, of course, he had times he wanted to throw in the towel and give up. When you encounter Jesus though and seek his face continually you become more like him. Your character begins to change, which has an effect on your countenance. A tenacity of faith begins to grow within your spirit because God is working in you. We have to remind ourselves by speaking out loud that he is completing that work!
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
What are those things in the secret places of your heart you think you cannot do? God wants to help you wreck the world for Jesus!
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