Go Deep On The Go

“Persevere”

Introduction:

I had the awesome privilege of pastoring for 37 years. I know what you must be thinking; He must have started when he was in diapers. Very Funny! I have always loved to watch people become successful in life, especially in their Christian walk. Today, in our study, we will look at one of the characteristics of every successful person I know. They are not quitters; they do not give up; they persevere. I often used this piece of advice with my two daughters; Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

Preparation Recommendations:

  1. Find a quiet place.
  2. Get comfortable, but keep awake.
  3. Have a cup of water or beverage to quench your thirst.
  4. Have your Bible open to the book of James Chapter 1:2-4
  5. Meditate on the study. Have a pen and a journal to take a few notes.

Prayer:

Father, it is always good to spend time with you. Enlighten my mind as I look at this study. Teach me what you want me to know and help me live according to Your Word. I am your’s Lord, show me throughout my day what you would want me to do. Holy Spirit guide me and make me into the person you designed me to be. I pray this in the Name of Jesus.  Amen    

Scripture and Thought:

  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

I have watched people jump from job to job, ministry to ministry, church to church, and even spouse to spouse. They are very good at starting, but finishing?  Not so much! Whenever they encounter a trial, test, or temptation, they run or quit what they had started in good faith. James says the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Not just a little while, but until perseverance finishes its work. That sounds like until there is victory. Perseverance does two things. First, it makes you stronger. Second, it leads to achievement. No wonder why we should “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever we face trials of many kinds .”

Think about this today: Are you a quitter? Do you give up when the going gets tough? Are you stronger when you quit? Are you more victorious as a quitter or after you have persevered?

Closing Prayer:

Forgive me, Father, when I quit too soon, and for believing the Christian life would be a broad and easy path. Help me to be strengthened through perseverance, and help me to see the victories perseverance brings. I desire to be a tool in your toolbox today, Lord. Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil. I pray this in Jesus’s mighty name. Amen

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Bill Fix loves people as he lives a fulfilling life. He has written several books and has continued to minister as "The People Pastor" since his retirement as a Lead Pastor. His most incredible thrill is witnessing people excel in their spiritual life. He was a Lead Pastor for thirty-seven years and has equipped hundreds of people to do various ministries in their church and community. Currently, he is a Director on the Board at Community Care Services and is a member of The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. Pastor Bill and his faithful wife Dottie recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. They have two adult daughters married to Godly men, four grandchildren, and are looking forward to being Great Grandparents. Pastor Bill and Dottie are blessed. Pastor Bill Fix began his pastoral career as a children's pastor and has written several children's books. He gives his parents credit for grounding him with principles and truths about life. He knows what good parenting is. His book New Dad Genius is for new dads. Pastor Bill and his entire family have performed illusion programs for hundreds of audiences in and outside the church as a hobby and ministry. He has used ventriloquism, puppetry, art, comedy and more to illustrate a message and put smiles on faces. The People Pastor Bill Fix has a ThD, enjoys education, and has many hobbies like writing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. This author is a popular officiant at weddings, funerals, home dedications, and other pastoral services. He desires to be a blessing as he lives out Matthew 5:16, his life verse. His books reflect who Pastor Bill is and what he believes.

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