January 23, 2017

2 Timothy 4:2: “Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.”

The definition of persist is “to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition.”

In order to be persistent, you have to be constantly moving. You have to continue steadfastly in the course of action. If you are still, even for just one second, you will lose ground. It’s like swimming against the current of a river. You start drifting backwards the moment you stop. But, if you are with a team, they can help push you forward even when you feel like giving up.

The same concept is true in your walk with Christ.  Each day, you must be persistent in your thoughts, habits, words, actions, and attitudes.  You have to surround yourself with people who will pray for you and push you towards Christ, especially on the days when you want to give up.

In what areas of your life do you need more persistence? How is the opposition you face affecting the message you proclaim?  Ask God for support and steadfastness in your relationship with Him.


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