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A Prayer & Devotional for Self-Discipleship

    Rosana D' Alessandro 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 Perseverance

 

- A Prayer for  Perseverance
 

O Precious Savior, Wonderful Lord, In-filling Holy Spirit…


Thank you Lord Jesus for this moment of sharing as I kneel down in the glow of your love and mercy.


Thank you for my ability to work, to play, to plan, and to be your child.


In these times of my distress, please give me Perseverance


I seek your power to be patient as the ways of the world seem to assault me.


I seek your power to be patient with the people with whom I work and live.


I seek your power to be patient as I await your appearing again upon the earth.


I seek your power to be patient with the aches, pains, sufferings, and adversities of my life.


I know there is a proper time for all things.


I know I can cast upon you all my burdens.


When I am exasperated and feel the heat of anger because things are not working as I think they should…touch my heart and instill your patience within me.


Help me be still and know of your presence.


When the frustrations of life overtake me because of goals I have not achieved, remind me your goals are my true destiny.


When disappointment rages within me over failures and setbacks, show me how all things done in your name are successful in your eyes.


When the pain of life consumes me, show me the future.


As I hold dear to all you have for me in the future, show me the time of rejoicing and singing in your name is just ahead.


When I am confined in the prison of my doubts and uncertainties, show me how waiting upon you yields blessings so numerous all the seas of the earth cannot hold them all.


In the name of the Precious Savior, Wonderful Lord God, and the In-filling Holy Spirit upon whom we can rely.
 

Amen


 

- A Devotional for Self-Discipleship
 

Persevering…

2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance. (NIV)

Many days in our life are not easy. Our teenage years are often filled with the uncertainty, doubt, and anxiety of growing up. Our senior years are often filled with the uncertainty, doubt, and anxiety of what lies ahead of us as we near the end of our life. The years in between are often filled with the stresses and strains of trying to raise a family, build a career, and build enduring relationships. Every stage of life carries with it the risk of trauma and loss. It seems that every week we face a new challenge of some kind. In this life, in this world, we need a spirit that perseveres. We must not let setbacks, failures, losses, pain, and suffering turn us away from our God. It is the aim of the force of darkness to blind you and make you believe God is not listening. The force of darkness wants you to believe that God does not care about you. The wonderful truth is that God is listening to you and to your heart. God is tuned into every thought you think. God knows more about your tough days than you do. God blesses your perseverance. God is with you as you struggle. God is with you as you weep. He never leaves you alone. He is always ready to minister to every hurt and need. It is because God is so willing to be there for you, that you must persevere and be there for Him as one of His sons or daughters.

Staying the course…

Luke 18 1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town, who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.' 4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' " 6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (NIV)

Many of us want to give up sometimes. Life has a way of beating up on us and we get tired. However, there is NO EXCUSE for giving up on believing and trusting in God, in Christ, and in the work of the Holy Spirit. Satan wins every battle if you do not keep on keeping on. Satan can destroy your body, he can take people from you, and he can destroy your world. What Satan cannot destroy is you without your consent. You can decide to remain, to stay, to never move right or left from Christ’s path for your life. You can stay focused and stay on track. You can decide to remain in Christ’s love and grace. Even when you feel terrible in emotional or physical ways, you can remain on the side of Christ. Eventually, your prayers are answered, your longings for righteousness are fulfilled, and your yearnings for a touch from the Master’s hand rewarded.

How love always perseveres…

1 Corinthians 13:7 Love always perseveres. (NIV)

Love always perseveres and never looks back. Love never stops, never quits, never doubts, and never goes against the good. Love never loses sight of the goal of glorifying God with all we have and with all we do. Love perseveres over all obstacles because the stakes of winning are so high even thinking about quitting is not an option. Love perseveres because Christ perseveres, because God perseveres, and because the Holy Spirit perseveres. These three in one are love. Love perseveres because love is too exuberant to stop. Love has so much energy within it no one can prevent love's upward progress.
 

The secret of perseverance…


Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (NIV)

You know you must persevere. You know you must do the will of God. You know that when you have persevered and done the will of God there will be a reward. The secret, if there is a secret, to persevering and doing the will of God is to take your selfishness out of the picture. Take your eye off the prize and bury what you want in selflessness. When you lose yourself in Christ’ love, care, and compassion then perseverance and doing the will of God becomes automatic.

Never turning back…

Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (NIV)

The road of our Christian faith is a long and difficult road to walk. There are voices behind us calling out to us to come back and forget about this faith business. There are voices behind us telling us the walk of our faith is too difficult and things would be easier if we just forget about living this Christian life. There are voices behind us that want us to turn back to living our old life of sin, darkness, and hopelessness. The voices behind us tell us there is no use in going on because our unseen God has no power. The voices behind us tell us our unseen Jesus is just a myth. There are voices behind us telling us our unseen Holy Spirit is just a story and of no effect. What lies we hear coming from behind us! What a lie it is that we serve a God of no power! What a lie it is that God does not love us, care about us, or watch over us! What a lie it is that our old life of sin is easier! What a lie it is that our old life of sin with all its pain, darkness, and loneliness was somehow better! On this road of the faith, you must remember our God is to be worshipped in love and He is not to be fooled with. In God's time and in His will, God will welcome you into Heaven. For this road of our faith leads not to some earthly mansion but to our heavenly mansion. We do not take the slings and arrows of those who seek to persecute us without knowing full well the consequences for them and for us. For them, for those who reject God, reject Christ, and reject the Holy Spirit, there is a fire waiting. For us, if we do not turn back there is Christ's eternal joy and happiness. But to achieve our Christian goal we must not turn back. We must listen only to the kind and gentle voice of our Shepherd who leads us home

Never giving up…

James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (NIV)

Your world is full of trouble. In the future, the world's trouble may impact you, your loved ones, your employment, your home, or other important parts of your life. We do not live in a perfect place like the Garden of Eden. Yet even in the Garden of Eden, trouble slithered in and temptation was placed before Adam and Eve. In walking your daily walk of faith, you must make a continual and conscious effort never to give up believing, hoping, and trusting in God. In the midst of our many troubles, we have a God with a powerful arm. Our job in the midst of these many troubles is to keep the faith, keep others in the faith by our perseverance, and keep our heart in a position of never giving up. Many people in the world consider it total lunacy to worship, praise, and pray to a being we cannot see. Yet we know that in the end and at the end, we will be given mountains of blessings. We know even in any present trouble no matter what trouble may come to us, we will most surely be comforted, blessed, and kept strong by God's mighty hand. Because we will be comforted we shall never give up. Because we will be blessed we shall never give up. Because we shall be kept strong we shall never give up.

Never giving in…

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14Do everything in love. (NIV)

There are times when you want to give up and give in. There are pressures and forces of darkness and evil that twist you and turn you. The power of evil lurks behind you and whispers in your ear while at the same time this same dark power tries to directly crush your spirit with an in-your-face assault. In your dark and lonely moments, when you think you do not have the strength to wage this war, you must remember you have more going for you than you can ever know. At this minute, as you read these words, Christ Jesus is standing next to you pouring out His spirit of strength, encouragement, and sustaining power upon you. At this very minute, as you read these words, Christ Jesus is calling upon you to hold fast and not give in. For Jesus knows what is just ahead of you. Jesus can see the golden rays of heaven that will someday wrap their splendor around you. Your crucial battle in these minutes with this present darkness can be won not by your human will but by your simply turning your human will in the direction of God's will. There are many costs to standing firm for Christ. However, there is no cost greater than the cost He paid for each of us upon His Cross. Because He did so much, He knows you can do this little bit of standing firm and never ever giving in.

The power to stay where you are…

Psalm 103:26 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. 27 But you remain the same, and your years will never end. 28 The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you." (NIV)

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. (NIV)


For some people, there are times in life they feel compelled to change everything because everything seems so rotten and awful. Perhaps you know too well about these times. However, we are blessed by God to be able to stand up against tough times. You are blessed by God to have a spiritual, moral, and behavioral spine. Your spiritual, moral, and behavioral spine enables you to fight back against the powers and forces that want you to crumble under the weight of temptation, chaos, and an unraveling of life around you. When you face a crisis, no matter what the circumstances, you can stand up to the forces of evil that want you to change. In life's ups and downs, there is a time to change and a time to remain fixed. It takes wisdom to know what to do in every circumstance and it takes a heart willing to only go in the direction of God's will to gain and possess this wisdom. What everyone must keep in mind is changing is not always God's will. The essential message of our faith in Christ has not changed in two thousand years. Through every crisis, through every trial, and through every tumult, our essential message has remained the same for two thousand years…the redemption and salvation through faith in Christ. There will be times when you desperately want to change parts of your life, but you must pray earnestly God keeps you where you are if it is His will to keep you there. You must also pray earnestly that God does move you to change if your changing is His will. In the end, at the very last moment of our life, where we live, what obstacles we encountered, and the circumstances we had to face, make little difference. For in the end, as we see Jesus and feel His arms wrapped around us in Heaven, the only thing that will make any real difference to God will be whether you remained steadfast in your love, in your devotion, and in your service for Him.

Pushing back against temptation…

1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (NIV)

You do not need to be helpless against temptation. You are helpless against temptation only when you have given up and decided you cannot fight back. Indeed, you might be helpless against temptation using your own power and your own will. With just your own power you are indeed helpless to fight against the sinister power that wants to drive you into the ground…the sinister power that urges, cajoles, and wants to draw you into doing what you know you should not do. However, if you want the power, you can find the power to stand against temptation by asking Christ to help you push against temptation. In pushing back against temptation you must realize you do not have to be alone at any moment of your life. Christ is always with you and He will push back against your temptations that beg you to do wrong things. When you combine your will and His will, when He and you push back against temptation, no power of temptation can overcome you. When your hands and His hands push against the dark urgings within your soul, then both He and you can defeat the forces of evil plotting your failure. Most importantly, you must understand a maximum effort on your part is mandatory. You must push back against the darkness with all your might…push back against the darkness lurking about you. To be able to push back, you must pray hourly to always be in alignment with His will, to always be in alignment with His power, and to always be in alignment with His love.

When you lose faith…

1 Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

What’s the use? Why believe? Why not just walk away? Why not just forget about this faith thing? What not just forget about God? These questions are questions people ask when any shred of their faith has been lost or any part of their faith capability has never been energized. Every person on earth who holds any belief in God will be confronted with times when their belief ebbs away and seems to disappear. When you lose faith, you must remember to stay the course. When you lose faith, you must remember Christ came to earth and willingly suffered the torture and pain of the Cross so you would believe. When you lose faith, you must keep your mind focused on what Christ has done for you when He was upon the earth rather than focusing your mind upon what you want Christ to do for you now. When we lose faith, we lose faith because the power of darkness has come and overtaken us. When we lose faith, we live in the darkness and do not see the Light. When you live in the darkness you can regain the Light if you tell the truth…the truth you have lost Him and you want Him back. Finding Christ after you have lost Him is both difficult and easy to do. It is difficult to be honest and tell Him you have lost Him, yet it is easy to be honest and tell Him you want Him back. It is easy to be honest with Jesus for He understands you, loves you, and He will always make a way for you to find Him again.

Producing…

Luke 8:15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (NIV)

Having a good and noble heart is a wonderful trait. The heart alone, however, will not do us any good. In addition to the heart we must be able to listen to the small, quiet voice of God. When we read or listen to God’s wonderful words in scripture, we must let the Living Water of the words of God be absorbed into our heart and soul like the soil absorbs the rain. After our souls or innermost being has absorbed the Living Water of the words then we must retain the meaning, purpose, truth, and power of the words within us. Good soil retains the moisture of the rain. Poor soil does not retain the moisture. After we have absorbed the Living Water we must persevere and do the hard work of life by standing against Satan and his attacks, we must resist temptation, and keep going even when the storms of life try to push down or destroy us.

How you must never give up…

1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

No matter who you are, where you are, or what you must face each day, you must never give up. You must never give up being a true child of God. You must never give up trying to be 110% of who God wants you to be. You must never give up surrendering all you are to Christ. You must never give up trying to be righteous and devout in God’s eyes. You must never give up being the kind of person others can count on when they face all kinds of trials and difficulties. You must never give up because you are incredibly important to the world. You are incredibly important to the people around you. You are incredibly important to God. If you give up, it is as if you have thrown sand into the bearings of God’s great and wonderful machine called the kingdom of God . In the most personal of terms, others need you. Others count upon you. Others look to you to see the light and love of God in the world. When you refuse to give up, you change the world in which you live. When you refuse to give up, you encourage others to change themselves and their world. When you refuse to give up, you keep open the door leading to unlimited possibilities and unlimited potential in your life. When you refuse to give up, your light shines into the hearts of others and into the very heart of God.
                               
Source: Patrick Kelly, Shepherd’s Care Ministries
 

Courtesy: Rosana D' Alessandro