PERSISTENCE

Jun 13, 2023

Moses thought that as he displayed the miracles and signs that God told him, Pharaoh would let the Israelites out of Egypt instantly but his expectation wasn’t met. It took longer than he had anticipated for Pharoah to let the children of Israel go.

Exodus 3:2-20 2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush [was] not consumed.

7-8 And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land…

18 Then they will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, ‘The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’

Exodus 19-20 But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.

Amidst the wonders of God, the devil was still stubborn but what broke His back was persistence: that grace that prevents a man from throwing in the towel.

In God’s kingdom, nothing great happens overnight, so if you are the kind that is used to quick results and manifestations, you will be frustrated in this journey. 

Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you [and] test you, to know what [was] in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

For every manifestation that you want to see whether God has spoken or given you a dream, there is a process that will cause that promise to come to pass but if you try shortcuts, the results will be premature.

Unfortunately, many people throw in the towel when they are still being processed by God. If you want to win with God, stay in His hands; allow the Potter’s hands to model and rework you.

A typical example of persistence or staying power is the story of Joseph; he had to go through a process before the dream of becoming a big man in Egypt would come to pass.

Psalms 105:17-19 [17]He sent a man before them— Joseph—who was sold as a slave. [18]They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. [19]Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.

The hand of the Lord was upon Joseph but for him to get to the place God wanted him to be, he had to go through certain things. 

The most important thing is not going through the process but the attitude you carry throughout the process. An entire generation perished in the wilderness because of a wrong attitude.  (Numbers 32:13)

 As long as you are in the hands of the Master, it is well for no man can take you out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28).

Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

You must understand the seasons of life: seasons of passing through waters and those of fire. However, be conscious of His presence because that is what brings comfort. If God spoke, He will take you through those seasons.

Joseph learnt many lessons in the house of Potiphar and many things were placed on the inside of him. God did not defend him when lies were being told about him but Joseph never allowed the accusations to enter his heart: He kept the right attitude even in prison (Genesis 39:20-21).

The reason why many of our miracles are short-lived is because we cut short the process and so do not get the virtues to stay up there and enjoy success.

You cannot be successful in what you do if you are inconsistent. All this comes back to persistence. 

Read 1 Peter 5:10 and pray this scripture into your life if you are going through hard times.

Further study

Genesis 50:20

Ezekiel 2:2

Romans 12:19

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.