Staying Power: Part 2
Pastor Sam Adeyemi
Last week we established that you cannot see the fulfillment of God in your life without having staying power. This is because there are conditions to receiving the fulfillment of God’s promise as seen in Galatians 6:9. In verse 7, we see that sowing is the well-doing.
Now we know that words are seeds, actions are seeds, serving in somebody’s organisation is a seed that would be harvested when you start your own. The way you’re treating your parents is seed-sowing because before long you’ll also become a parent.
First, You cannot discuss a harvest without seed sowing and you have to be deliberate with your actions.
Secondly you have to align with the seasons. Life works in seasons. You have to be sensitive to your season that you’re in and to maximize that season. Not every action is appropriate for every season. There’s a time to sow and there’s a time to reap. If you want to live a frustrated life, do something when it’s not the season for it. There’s no one eternal season on this planet. The cycle is a sowing season, waiting season and harvesting season
The third condition is “if we faint not”. We must develop the capacity to persevere. Perseverance is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. You will experience difficulties and obstacles. It will not be a walk-in-the-park.
“I do not think that there’s any other quality more essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything even nature” John D Rockefeller
Little talent with great perseverance will achieve more than great talent with little perseverance. Great anointing with little perseverance will waste the anointing. Anointing can be wasted as seen in 1st Cor. 15:10. If we’re Christians and we don’t have staying power you can’t bring to fruition a lot of the blessings God has provided. 2Kings 13:14-19 we see that limited perseverance frustrates the anointing. You have to keep striking until you achieve the desirable results.
The generation that has it the easiest is the least persistent. Galatians 6:9 describes the law of the farm. The farm hits you with the reality that growth takes time. In life, most times, you will need to persist on something to a degree where an additional little effort would lead to a breakthrough. This is called the tipping point.
To develop persistence;
1. Ensure that you’re pursuing God’s goals. Long-suffering is one of the fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit can birth the quality in you but that’s only when you’re not pursuing your own agenda. In Psalms 23:1, if God is the one guiding you, His grace would be provided to make up for your weaknesses.
2. Control your attitude. Your thoughts. The things that frustrate you are the things outside you. But your thoughts can be controlled as seen in Romans 12:2. Take responsibility for your thoughts. Attitude is not a gift, it’s a choice. Take control of your emotions. In the midst of a discouraging situation, ask the Holy Spirit to help you as seen in Phil 4:6, Habk 3:17-19 and James 1:2.