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“God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭2:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬ We all have heard the saying, “ When the going gets tough, the tough get going” My question is how do you keep going when life gets tough? We have all been there before. Where everything in life seems to be stacked against you and you can't seem to see through what your currently facing and you feel like giving up. And some of us do give up, some of us just trudge along conceding this is my reality forever, yet others get to work and begin maneuvering the whale of an obstacle that is in front of them one step at a time. Which one are you? Persistence is often talked about synonymously as society’s industry standard for success. This skewed 21st century perspective of persistence usually envelops certain key terms like endurance, stamina or this “never give up can do” mentality. These are undoubtedly noble characteristics to employ. However, there is a problem with them, they rely solely on one-person…yourself. Not considering what God says about it. In this passage we read in Romans, the word persistence translates in the original Greek as the word hupomone. Hupomone literally means abiding under, as one would abide under a heavy load. This is not a hyped up self-talk ‘You got this bro’ kind of persistence or passive acceptance of one’s current circumstances. This persistence is a manifested, Spirit led, strong fortitude in the face of opposition. Godly persistence is rooted in three distinct soils. Lack any and you’ll surely wilt under the pressure of persistence. The first soil of persistence is vision. Without vision we perish. Without vision there is no purpose. Like a ship without rudder is a man without vision. Vision keeps you steadfast in your pursuit even when your situation seems like an insurmountable storm. The second soil is the soil of hope. Hope keeps us going, operating in the firm belief that there is a better tomorrow. It’s the expectation, anticipation and confidence that God’s promise written on your heart will be fulfilled no matter what you find yourself against. The last soil is like rich topsoil that fuels our ability to persist. That is the soil of conviction. This soil feeds an unwavering assurance that we are called by the Most High to move mountains and shift the landscape of this world. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Therefore we are qualified to tackle any adversity that comes our way. We are overcomers and conquerors in His Name. Whatever He has written in your heart and spoke over you life, WILL come to pass. We persist because we know this to be true. We persist because we know we are that much closer to breakthrough. We persist not only for ourselves but also for those around us whose breakthrough is dependent on our ability to persist. Everything God orchestrated in life will require a certain level of persistence because there is worth on your life that requires you to work out your walk. Persist like your purpose depends on it. Because it does.

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