Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE. Join us at 6 PM EST.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”
Booker T. Washington
“Persistence is what gives losers a winner’s edge. Persistence is what makes winners out of losers, what makes winners out of quitters.”
Sir Winston Churchill
“The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.”
Revelation 2:2 MSG
"I see what you've done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can't stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause that you never wear out.”
# 1 Unconquered sins.
Hebrews 12:1 AMPC
“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.
2. Undefined goals and purposes.
Hebrews 12:1 AMPC
“. . . and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.”
Seven keys to determining your goals.
First, becoming like Jesus in character and life-style.
Second, develop the fruit of the Spirit and seeking out the gifts of the Spirit.
Third, live a life that glorifies God in everything we do.
Fourth, work and provide for our families.
Fifth, be a good husband, wife or child.
Sixth, maintain a godly character in an ungodly society.
Seventh, give your tithes and then add offerings as directed by the Word and the Holy Spirit.
# 3 Deadly distractions.
Hebrews 12:2 AMPC
“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. . .”
Philippians 3:14 KJV
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
I Corinthians 10:13 NIV
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
4. Losing motivation.
Hebrews 12:2 AMPC
“. . . He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Seven keys to keep on keeping on.
1. Believe in what you’re doing.
Acts 13:41 NLT
“‘Look, you mockers, be amazed and die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.’”
Isaiah 48:17 MSG
“I am God, your God, who teaches you how to live right and well. I show you what to do, where to go.”
2. Know you have the ability to succeed.
Matthew 17:20 AMPC
“He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
Mark 9:23 NIRV
"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for the one who believes."
3. Keep your faith focused on your goal.
Two important things about our faith:
First, no doubting.
Matthew 21:21 NLT
“Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.”
Second, do not underestimate the importance that exercising your faith in the pursuit of your goals or the things God has called you to accomplish.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT
“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”
4. Never look at the wind and the waves, i.e., the circumstances.
Matthew 14:28-30 AMPC
“And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]!”
5. Realize that “no” doesn’t just mean “no” it often means “know.”
6. Encourage yourself.
1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
7. Never Give Up or Give In.
When you feel like giving up. . .don’t.
Luke 18:1 NLT
“[Parable of the Persistent Widow] One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up”
“On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting, died.”
Adlai E. Stevenson
“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.”
President Calvin Coolidge