A Constant, Ongoing Decision

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:5-11

Perseverance means sticking with it even though it might be hard. The path gets narrow as those who are struggling give up. Do not give up, because it is hard to get started again. Just keep swimming!

Perseverance is commitment. It is like finally letting your spouse know that you are going nowhere, even if it has been difficult. It is that commitment to keep going no matter what comes your way or how heavily tested you are, for you are in it for the long haul. Now you know you will never again put food above the Almighty Lord of All.

Never consider giving up. This is not just a decision that you make one time. This is a constant, ongoing decision… first every hour, and then every day. The desire to please God starts off your day and it finishes your day.

Why do you have to keep it in the front and center? Because there are all kinds of things that stop you, distract you, and pull at you. The world does not want you to lose weight, the smokers do not want you to stop smoking, your drinking buddies do not want you to stop drinking, etc. I am sure that you have sensed this by now. Misery loves company, so the demons do not want you to overcome, to be born again, and to be saved from your old self. The world wants you to join them in every kind of dissipation.[Peter 4:3-4]

Day by day and step by step you make every effort and walk on the narrow path and enter by the narrow door. Keep going and you will make it!

 

Read more in The Tablet