Christian Persistence


1. Often the difference between heaven and hell is persistence.

2. The value of persistence was highlighted recently in the news.

3. If you fail to learn persistence you will fail to get to heaven.


I.   Focus on Possibilities, Not Circumstances

1. Remember the power of God.

2. Rom. 4:17-21

II.  Remember Others Who Have Made It

1. V. Alexeev and 500 lbs.

Alexeev, a legendary Olympic weight lifter, was the first to lift 500 lbs. in the Clean and Jerk. In this lift 500 lbs. was thought to be impossible. Alexeev thought it impossible himself. He would lift 499½, 499¾ but not 500. One day a trainer loaded up the bar to over 500 but didn’t tell him. He lifted it as usual and then was told. Word got around that 500 wasn’t the impossible barrier that everyone thought and soon all the top lifters broke the 500 lb. barrier.

After it had been done, others could do it. Others have faced the hardships and challenges of the Christian life. So can you.

2. Heb. 12:1-2

III. You Don’t Know What You Can Do Until You Have To

1. Grandpa at Okinawa

My grandfather was in the navy in WWII. He was in the Pacific war. At the battle of Okinawa, when the Kamikazes were raining down on the fleet, the ship Grandpa was serving on was hit through the bow at the waterline. Grandpa was sent with others below deck and sealed in. He was ordered to seal up the breach or the ship would sink. With water coming in the holes in the ship and rising Grandpa and others had to work mostly underwater to seal the breaches.

It was this experience that caused him to pass on to me these words, “You don’t know what you can do, ’til you HAVE to.”

Who knows what you’ll be faced with as a Christian. Fact is, whatever comes you CAN endure it. Others have before you. You can too.

2. Rev. 2:10

Short outline for a Wednesday night devotional.

9 Responses to “Persistence”

  1. Randal says:

    You wrote, “The value of persistence was highlighted recently in the news.” The statement made me wonder what the news piece was that caused you to mention it.

    Two good examples there. Thanks!

  2. There was a capsized boat in the Gulf of Mexico some time ago. If I recall there were three football players aboard. One survived … the one who hung on until help arrived. Seems the other two gave up and drifted away from the boat.

  3. You are wonderful.

    God Bless You.

  4. Lynda Greene says:

    Enjoyed your number #update, on falling from Grace..very much.

  5. Judith Matata says:

    When you fall spiritually one has to wake up and stand to face the storms that come your way,As christaians we should never say we are beaten by certain situations we are more than conqueres and we are winners

  6. To God be the glory for putting it in your mind to put up this short outline on persistence. It is very short and indeed very useful as it is very needed at this very time when every things seems to melt down. As for Christian, we need persistence in order to make heaven.

    God bless you brother, more grease to your elbow.

  7. lily says:

    Glory to God for giving you wisdom to share this wonderful message.thanks a lot and more power. God bless u more

  8. Edith says:

    its so nice to have this kind of topic, its so wonderful to medidate and shares to our congregation, Godbless you all!!

  9. Sir.,

    It’s Great to have a God knowing You can anything for good.

    I will call upon the Lord, that the Lord will make a way, He will

    provide and just leave it all up to Him.

    Las Piñas Church of Christ
    256 Bohol Street Timog CAA BF International
    1740 Las Piñas City Church of Christ

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