7. A TENACIOUS ENDURANCE

"He who serves under the bloodstained banner of Immanuel will have that to do which will call for heroic effort and patient endurance. But the soldier of the cross stands unshrinkingly in the forefront of the battle. As the enemy presses the attack against him, he turns to the stronghold for aid, and as he brings to the Lord the promises of the Word, he is strengthened for the duties of the hour."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Endurance--the stamina or lasting quality to press on in spite of pain, adversity, fatigue, stress, etc.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

In 2 Timothy 2, Paul shares profound points of inspiration and instructs us on the threats to one's endurance. He then goes on to share how to strengthen ones stamina to eternal ends.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I choose not to expose myself to things that engender doubt and kill endurance.
  • In spite of trials and tests, I choose not to be discouraged, but to trust in God and in His Word.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, help me to ever be willing to follow You in the path of suffering, for it is that way that my character is made perfect. Yet victory is not just about prayers; it is about me exercising my God-given ability to proact and to head off potential endurance killers. That is what I would do to avoid the endurance killers whenever I can."