PERSEVERANCE

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

  http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

INTRODUCTION

 

WINSTON CHURCHILL – “Never give up… Never give up.”

 

MY LIFE PHILOSOPHY – TURTLE and RABBIT

Poster n my wall many years – THE RACE IS NOT ALWAYS TO THE SWIFT BUT TO THOSE WHO KEEP ON RUNNING.

 

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE!!!       Hebrews 12

Heb 12:1-3   Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

 

2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

perseverance = faithfulness

 

TRANSITION

Look at Heb 12:1-3 – learn about perseverance

 

CHALLENGE GIVEN  3b

WE TEND TO GET WEARY AND QUIT

not grow weary and lose heart. 3b

 

written to Jewish bel who lost everything, about to DISCOURAGEMENT great problem among Christians

“Heartbreak Hill.” In the Boston

 

 

TRANSITION

RUNNING METAPHOR used by writer

        GET RID of anything holding you back

        DON’T QUIT, keep going

        KEEP EYES ON THE GOAL, Jesus

 

I. LET US THROW OFF 1b

       A. EVERTHING THAT HINDERS

Heb 12:1   let us throw off everything that hinders

RUNNER: heavy clothing, heavy shoes, etc.

SPIRITUALLY – OK things but slows up spiritual growth

 

WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK IN YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE?

        Fear of rejection, failure

        Lust for things and pleasures God says ‘no’ to

        Pleasing people around you

        Laziness that keeps from meaningful daily devotions

                Not study Bible, learn; Not attend church

        Greed for money, things

        Focus on appearance

        Using opposite sex to meet needs

        Wrong priorities – too busy (examples)

        Bad habits

 

TRANSITION

So we need to throw off whatever holds us back

        And what tangles us up

 

       B. SIN THAT SO EASILY ENTANGLES US

the sin that so easily entangles,

RUNNER: long robe tangled up in, etc.

SPIRITUALLY – NOT OK what keep us from growing, trip up

WHAT IS  TRIPPING YOU UP IN YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE?

‘Favorite’ sin you don’t want to let go of

Secret activity you know is wrong

Anger, unforgiveness, bitterness

Disobedience, something you know God wants you to do

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FALL DOWN?

Eric Lindell (Chariots of Fire) won 440 after falling down

TRANSITION

RUNNING METAPHOR used by writer

        THROW OFF

                Anything holding you back

                Anything tripping you up

        DON’T QUIT, keep going

 

II. LET US RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE  1c

       A. EACH MUST RUN A RACE

the race

 

life is a RACE: from here to goal, finish line

        PAUL uses that analogy from the Olympics often

        Takes focus

        Takes determination

        Takes self-discipline

        Takes training and practice

Life not a PICNIC, panic and fuss when things get hard

Life is a RACE – against self, sin, world, flesh, Satan

 MARATHON RUNNER fall, crawl to finish

 

GOD DETERMINES the course of your life

Where born, gifts & personality, strengths and weaknesses,

 

 

 

       B. EACH MUST RUN THEIR OWN RACE

marked out for us

Each have DIFFERENT RACE to run

        Different obstacles, challenges, difficulties

FINISH LINE same: God’s glory, being more Christ-like  

CROSS COUNTRY in HS – flags marking course

 

TEMPTATION: think our life so much harder than anyone else!

        Different, but not harder or easier

 

RACE NOT EASY: obstacles in way

        Tired, weary of keeping going

C. EACH MUST KEEP RUNNING

Run with perseverance

NOT run with speed

BUT run with perseverance

        Why the TURTLE beat the RABBIT

 

NOT some times doing great in Christian life, growing, praising,

Other times act no different than those not Christians

BUT steady, consistent, faithful

 

TRANSITION

RUNNING METAPHOR used by writer

        THROW OFFAnything holding you back

                                Anything tripping you up

        DON’T QUIT, keep going

        FOCUS ON THE GOAL

 

 

III. LET US FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS  2

2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus

RUNNER looks ahead,

        NOT at other runners

        NOT at scenery

        NOT at conditions, weather

        NOT at self, how feel, tired, etc.

        BUT at goal

                Or get off track and wander in wrong direction

                Or stop running entirely, sit and rest

JESUS must be our reason for living, our goal

2 Corinthians 5:7   We live by faith, not by sight.
FOCUS ON JESUS, not self, etc.

Colossians 3:1-4  Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory

 

TRANSITION

Several important truths about Jesus in this verse:

       A. HE IS THE AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH

the author …  of our faith,

AUTHOR of a paper, book knows it better than anyone

        Copyright rights to it

 

JESUS knows the Christian life better than anyone else

        Jesus knows US better than anyone, even us

HE STARTED the Christian life in us so He is in control of it

           

TRANSITION

STARTS our faith and oversees it

ENSURES ITS GROWING TO MATURITY

       B. HE IS THE PERFECTOR OF OUR FAITH

perfecter of our faith,

So He can get us thru everything

Won’t quit, give up – carry us through to end forever!

 

BECAUSE HE IS THE AUTOOR & PERFECTOR OF OUR FAITH we are motivated to persevere

 

TRANSITION

We are to persevere keeping our eyes on Jesus

        He is the BEGINNING of our faith, the one in charge of it

        He is the FINISHER of our faith, bringing us to maturity

        He is the EXAMPLE for our faith

 

       C. HE ENDURED THE CROSS

who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame

 

3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men

 

EXAMPLE OF: keeping eyes on goal

                Perseverance no matter what

 

He paid for it all

He knows what it is like

 

No matter what we face, Jesus knows it, He understands it.
There was a joy set before Him through which He endured the cross – the joy of the Lord was His strength and it is ours.

 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE CROSS

        Keeps everything else in perspective

        Example for us

        Goal for us

        What He did for us more than what we do for Him!

       D. HE IS SEATED AT GOD’S THRONE

and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

VICTORY through perseverance

        Race doesn’t last forever, soon over

        Then joy, victory, blessing with Him

 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS to keep a steady course in life

CLIMBING MT – keep eyes on point to reach

 

CHALLENGE FULFILLED  1bff

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

James 5:10-11  Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

CONCLUSION



C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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