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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Learning to Imitate Faith/Patience and Pursue Persistence

In review of Hebrews 6:12 it says, “Do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Bottom Line:
Don’t be complacent, rather imitate those whose faith and patience was revealed in God’s promise being realized.

What this means to me:
I shouldn’t become complacent. Rather I should look to those before me and imitate their faith and patience. God’s promise to them was fulfilled.

Today verse is another one from Hebrews chapter 6 where Paul tells us that we eventually need to move away from the basic teachings of Christ and move toward becoming more mature in our understanding and faith. Paul is confident that we are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. For our God is not unjust. He has not forgotten how we have shown and continue to love to him by caring for others around us. Paul's great desire is that we keep on loving others like this for the rest of our lives. If we do, then we won't become spiritually lazy, sluggish or indifferent. Instead, we are to follow the example of those before us who inherited God's promises because of their faith and endurance.

In my own life, to keep from being lazy or indifferent, I usually need something that drives my interest or passion.  If I do, then my persistence becomes the fire in my bones that burns with a white-hot intensity that nothing can put out! It can carry me through ridicule, rejection, and reversal, and it doesn't’ always require a public approval or a pat on the back.  Persistence gives me the power to say in faith, “Mountain get out of my way, for nothing is impossible!”

The victory can be mine if I persist!  The Bible promises me that faith is the victory that overcomes the world.  A persistent person won’t hesitate, rather the would be bold and daring; they would take action nor would they allow themselves to be controlled by their circumstances or by others.

Nothing great has ever been accomplished without persistence. I shouldn’t focus at yesterday’s mistakes or play the blame game! I should know that the victory is already mine; pursue it in Jesus name.