Developing Persistence In Your Life - Outline

Written by Harold Herring on .

Here is the teaching outline for Rich Thoughts TV.  

Someone once said:

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”

Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich and a speechwriter for President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said:

“The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.”

What does the Word of God say about persistence?

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.       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.       Knowing that 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.       Keeping your faith focused on your goal.

Two things about your faith.

First, don’t doubt.

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.

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

I will always remember the quote by Adlai E. Stevenson, a two-time nominee for President who said:

“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.”

Persistence and obedience are keys to success in life.

One final thought; your victory may be just around the bend or over the next hill so persist until you cross the finish line.

Dale Carnegie, the author of How To Win Friends and Influence People said:

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

However, my favorite quote on persistence comes from President Calvin Coolidge

“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.”

Revelation 2:19 MSG

“I see everything you’re doing for me. Impressive! The love and the faith, the service and persistence. Yes, very impressive! You get better at it every day.”

Ephesians 3:20 TPB

“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”