Houston Forward Times

14 May 2014 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson, II

7 STRENGTHS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS

Bible Fact: God uses a combination of spiritual characteristics to bring Christians to the point to glorify God.

The Big Idea: Growing Christians exhibit more positive spiritual qualities on the inside that cause them to get more personal blessings from God; while at the same time, they also become increasingly more effective and highly attractive to sinners in the world.

   Lesson 7: The Strength of Perseverance/Faith

Wilma didn't get much of a head start in life. A bout with polio left her left leg crooked and her foot twisted inward so she had to wear leg braces. After seven years of painful therapy, she could walk without her braces. At age 12 Wilma tried out for a girls basketball team, but didn't make it. Determined, she practiced with a girlfriend and two boys every day. The next year she made the team. When a college track coach saw her during a game, he talked her into letting him train her as a runner. By age 14 she had outrun the fastest sprinters in the U.S. In 1956 Wilma made the U.S. Olympic team, but showed poorly. That bitter disappointment motivated her to work harder for the 1960 Olympics in Rome--and there Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals, the most a woman had ever won. ---Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute, Jan, 1992, p.10.

  1. How does perseverance/faith act or what does it look like?

  1. PERSEVERANCE: keeps going when inner strength is gone and the human will keeps telling you to give up or stop or you can’t make it one step further. To keep advancing on hope when everything else is going. To succeed at something when you or others think you cannot get it done. Perseverance is doing better than your best.

  2. Quotes about perseverance:

  • “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” ― Vince Lombardi

  • “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
    Confucius, Confucius: The Analects

  • “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius

  • “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ― Thomas Edison

  • “If you are going through hell, keep going.” ― Winston Churchill

  1. Where does perseverance/faith come from?

  1. Perseverance comes from hope and hope is the mother of faith and faith is the mother that births every creation, invention or success; Hebrews 11:1, 3

  2. Perseverance comes from the unction of patience to keep doing what you are doing to get the results you desire; Ephesians 6:13

  3. Perseverance is initialized in prayer and works together with the Holy Spirit against the enemy of God, Satan; Ephesians 6:18

  1. What is the outcome or reward for having perseverance/faith?

  1. People that do not show forth perseverance/faith receives nothing from God; James 1:6-8

  2. People that press their point in a certain matter trusting God for their outcome and do not quick will arrive at a peaceful, prosperous, powerful place that is preserved just for them; Hebrews 11:6-9

  3. God honors perseverance/faith with great reward:

  • Ruth was rewarded for her diligence not to quick seeking to know God’s will for her life; Ruth 2:16
    • A dead father-in-law; a dead husband; a dead end future in Moab

    • She was motivated by hope not to quit following Naomi

  • Joseph was rewarded for not quitting against unbelievable personal crises in his life; Genesis 41:37-44

  • Job was rewarded for his will not to quit but to trust God with his outcome; Job 13:15; 23:1-12; Job 42:10-12

 Notes:

  1. THE TOOL BOX THIS SATURDAY@7:01am-8:19am

  2. Funeral for Emma Brown’s sister is Saturday,

  3. Prayers for: LaShay Walkes, Annie Stewart, Joseph Taylor, Zelda Miller, Ty Davis; Sheryl Russo; Roy Phillips, Gerald Gistand, Kevin Joseph, Jr., Douglas Moore family, Pat Douglas, Clarence Adams family, Robert Williams family, Henry Dillard, Pastor Coby Shorter, Emma Brown,

  4. Be sure to mark each second Wednesday on your 2013 calendar for prayer at HSBC at 7pm -8pm.

  5. YDM (ages 2-18) IS MOVING TO SUNDAY MORNING in April 13th at 9:15am – 10:15am…bring a child or youth with you on that date…