Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4 NIV)
What is determination? It’s an attitude that helps us to stick with it to the end. It’s not giving up. It’s a matter of faith and of the fruit of perseverance.
- Abraham reached Canaan through perseverance and determination.
- Joseph was determined to keep his faith and became governor of Egypt.
- Noah was determined to persevere with building the ark.
- Paul was determined that nothing would get in the way of reaching everyone he could for Jesus.
We need to be determined to fulfill the will of God in our lives. God expects us to be determined and preserver to remain faithful in our walk, with others and with serving Jesus. So, how do we maintain a determined attitude? The only way is through the Holy Spirit living in us but we also have to do our part.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV)
Determination means to endure to the end no matter the trial, no matter the suffering, not matter the work or sacrifice. It is working to accomplish goals and overcome obstacles. We keep trying and don’t give up. For the Christian it is more than just will power. Will power alone often fails us. Just look at how many people start a diet, an exercise plan or decide to become more organized. How many gave up and how many actually achieved and maintained their goals. We persevere through faith we can’t have one without strengthening the other.
When I quit smoking in 1995 it wasn’t the first time, probably not even the hundredth time I attempted to kick the habit. I thought I could do it on my own, through sheer will power but I failed every time. Sometimes I would make to lunch, sometime a week and when I was pregnant seven months. Finally, I gave it to God. And while it was difficult my faith and the power of the Holy Spirit helped to achieve a 14-year struggle. Praise Jesus, I will be smoke free 20 years next May (2015).
Never give up, never give in and accomplish what God would have you do.
A Prayer to live Determined
Jesus show me what distracts me from your plan and help me to live determined to fulfill your will.
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Links to other Attitudes in this series
Introduction to Attitudes