In part one I spoke about persistence and the importance of it. I shared a revelation which God had shown me about persistence.
Persistence will get you what friendship can’t.
In this post I aim to show you how powerful persistence is. We need to be persistent if we are going to accomplish anything of worth. There is a certain level of tenacity that is required to accomplish great things. Great feats were never accomplished by men and women just sitting down but by tenacious people, people who never gave up and people who would not accept defeat. They were persistent.
Jesus tells another story about persistence in prayer. We find the story in Luke 18:1-8
A lot of people including myself lose heart in prayer. Because we don’t see the answer we lose heart and stop praying but God is encouraging us to be persistent. He wants us to be tenacious. Don’t give up.
This story in Luke 18 is interesting because the judge does not fear God or man. He is an extreme case but we see a change in this hard man because of persistence. Listen to what he says,
” And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, Though I have neither reverance or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man,
Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give me intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or at the last she come and rail on me or assault me or strangle me.”
There is power in persistence. The last story I am going to use is in Judges 16:1-17. This is the story of Samson and Delilah. In this story we see persistence working but in a negative way. Delilah has been asked to find out where Samson gets his strength. You would think Samson would see what was really happening but he doesn’t or chooses not to see. Delilah kept pushing and pushing and in Judges 16:16,17 we read,
And when she pressed him day after day with her words and urged him, he was vexed to death.
Then he told her all his mind and said to her, A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my birth. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.
Persistence broke down the barriers of one of the strongest men in history. Don’t underestimate the power of persistence.
Breakthrough comes when we are persistent.