And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
(Romans 5:3-4 NASB)
PERSISTENCE IS THE CHARACTER OF REFUSING TO GIVE UP
For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, “Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.”
(Luke 18:4-5 NASB)
PERSISTENT PEOPLE WILL IRRITATE YOU
PERSISTENT PEOPLE ARE DRIVEN BY BOTH WILL-POWER & WON’T-POWER
For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.
(Proverbs 24:16 NKJV)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
(Matthew 7:7 NKJV)
DEVELOP PERSISTENCE BY APPLYING A.S.K.
I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
(Luke 11:8 NKJV)
Life Group Questions
What is persistence, and how is it helpful with life’s pressures? Give examples.
Share how you can apply the persistent widow’s story (Luke 18:4-5) to your destiny.
How you would apply “will-power” and “won’t-power” to develop good character?
Share how A.S.K. can help you develop the character of persistency.