by Moody Adams Even winning can become tiresome. The years can beat a person down. The leading runners can faint. There is a limit to how long a mortal can keep on pushing. But there is no limit to how long Jesus Christ can keep pushing.
God’s Word says, don’t give up, but look to the Winner within you: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:1-3). The power to persevere
“Have you not known? have you not heard, that the ever-lasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? … He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall re-new their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).
With Jesus Christ living in your heart, you have a never failing power source. The God that dwells in our hearts never faints. He never grows weary. He never quits giving His power to the faint. He never ceases to increase the strength of those with no might.
Jacov Riis said, “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter, hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it but all that had gone before.” You have the right to claim the perseverance of a stonecutter.
Perseverance won over the mighty Roman Empire The apostle Peter wrote to warn persecuted Christians scattered throughout five Roman providences (I Peter 1:1). In just a very short while the government was to impose such fiery trials upon them that mere mortals could scarcely endure: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified” (I Peter 4:12-14).
But Peter assured them they would be “kept by the power of God”: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honors and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (I Peter 1:3-9).
And history records they were kept by the power of the Spirit within them. Rome accused them, burned them, tortured them and stripped them of every thing. But finally Rome ran out of power, died and passed into the sea of oblivion. But the Christians kept marching on triumphantly. They were kept by the power of God.
Claim your perseverance today. Claim your treasure! With Christ in your heart you have the power to persevere. Obstacles, handicaps, persecutions nor weariness can defeat you with Christ in your heart! File your official claim to the power to persevere. Open your mouth and declare with the Psalmist, “I will go in the strength of the Lord God” (Psalms 71:16) and go in that strength for the rest of your days. I will not give up!