Summary: By perseverance the snail reached the Ark. -Spurgeon Praise God that the Holy Spirit gives you the ability to bounce back from defeats, discouragements or difficulties. Paul wrote, "As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way, in great endurance,

We Will Reap If We Faint Not (Gal. 6:9,10)

"Let us not grow weary in well doing for in due season we will reap if we faint not. As we therefore, have opportunity, let us do good to all men. Especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Gal. 6:9,10)

Illustration: Postage stamps are getting more expensive, but at least they have one attribute that most of us could emulate: they stick to one thing until they get there.

Quotes:"Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife."

(Tommy, 5) That kid needs to get more of an understanding of long haul.

Quote: As a teacher, I’ve overheard a lot of interesting things from my students. For instance, when Andrew, age 5 and very much into computers, was saying the Lord’s Prayer, he did well till near the end when he said, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from e-mail."

Gusty C.—Lampman, Saskatchewan

Ill Epigrams on Perseverance

- There aren’t any hard-and-fast rules for getting ahead in the world -- just hard ones.

- You don’t have to lie awake nights to succeed. Just stay awake days.

- There is no poverty that can overtake diligence. -Japanese proverb

- By perseverance the snail reached the Ark. -Spurgeon

- Triumph is just "umph" added to try.

Source Unknown.

Too many seem to lack resilience, endurance and staying power in our world geared toward convenience. Surely, it was not convenient for Jesus to go all the way to Calvary for our sake, but the writer of Hebrews tells us, "For the joy set before Him, He endured the crossing, despising the shame, and is now set down on the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such sufferings of sinners against yourself lest you be weary and faint in your minds. For you have not resisted to the point of shedding blood in your battle against sin." (Heb. 12:3,4)

Illustration: The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him.

J. Stowell, Fan The Flame, Moody, 1986, p. 32.

Illustration: There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.

David Lloyd George.

Here are some helpful scriptural truths on perseverance, resilience and steadfastness of hope in the truth that we will reap if we faint not:

1. RENEW - Renew your energy with praise of God’s love, faith and hope in you throughout the day. Praise Him for His perseverance, power and persistence in all aspects of His will. He will not fail you or forsake you until all of the service of the house of God is finished. Be strong and courageous and act.(Josh 1:9) We cannot endure unless we go back to draw upon the refreshing living water of God’s attributes. He is the perfecter of our faith. He is the one who is at work in us both to will and do of His good pleasure.

Illustration: All the way my Savior leads me

What have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercy,

Who through life has been my Guide?

Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,

Here by faith in Him to dwell!

For I know, whate’er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well;

For I know, whate’er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me

Cheers each winding path I tread,

Gives me grace for every trial,

Feeds me with the living Bread.

Though my weary steps may falter

And my soul athirst may be,

Gushing from the Rock before me,

Lo! A spring of joy I see;

Gushing from the Rock before me,

Lo! A spring of joy I see.

2. RESTORE - He restores my soul, David wrote in Psa 23:1,2. Thank God that He will never leave you wanting for the endurance needed to finish God’s tasks. Whatever you are lacking He will replenish your spiritual gas tank with the fuel needed to cross the finish line. Some allow themselves to get weary in well doing because they dail to take time to thank God for His restoration that He works through His encouragement in Christ, consolation of love, fellowship of the Spirit, His affection and compassion. (Phil. 2:1,2)

3. REMEMBER - Remember that we always need the doctor to heal our hurts and work His miracles of emotional, mental and spiritual revitalization. We are not adequate in ourselves, but our adequacy comes from God. Jesus said, "It is not those who are healthy that need a physician but those who are sick." (Matt 9:13)

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