Summary: Message No. 7 in the series "The Pay-off of Perseverance"; Perseverance will produce outstanding outcomes in my life, if I allow perseverance to finish its work in my life.
Series: The Pay-off of Perseverance
Message #7: The Good Things Perseverance Produces In My Life – October 14, 2007
Big Idea: Perseverance will produce outstanding outcomes in my life, if I allow perseverance to finish its work in my life.
Eleven Outstanding Outcomes Perseverance Will Produce In My Life
Outcome #1: Maturity
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature… James 1:2-4
Maturity is the process of change, resulting from our relationship with God, that requires perseverance as we grow by leaving behind old and childish ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, and relating to others.
Tough times mature us by giving us opportunities to think biblically
and grow emotionally, morally, financially, and relationally.
Humble people allow hard times to reveal how they need to grow and where they need to change.
Outcome #2: Wholeness
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be… complete, not lacking in anything. James 1:2-4
The Greek phrase, complete, not lacking in anything,
means to become whole by growing into a healthy and productive person in all areas of life.
Hard times reveal unhealthy attitudes and unhealthy patterns of thinking, behaving, relating, spending, parenting, leading, and following that God wants to grow us in.
The process of becoming a healthy and productive person requires perseverance in applying God’s word.
Outcome #3: Growth
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:15
People who do not stay the same, but change, are those who humbly accept their need to grow, listen to God’s word, learn it, and live it out over the course of their lives, no matter how many times they fail. They persevere by getting up every time they fall down.
People who do not give up on listening to God’s word, learning God’s word, and living out God’s word, grow up.
Outcome #4: Productivity
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness…knowledge…self-control… perseverance… godliness… kindness…and love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
An effective and productive life, flowing from our relationship with Jesus, is a life that consists of doing good to others, learning and living out God’s word, controlling our attitudes and emotions, not quitting no matter how many times we fail, reflecting God’s character, being kind and not rude, and showing love.
Growing in each of these areas requires perseverance.
Outcome #5: Dependency
If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt. James 1:5-6