The Spirit of Persistence – MFM 16 April 2019
MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 16 April 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – The Spirit of Persistence
TOPIC: The Spirit of Persistence (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 16 April 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 13:23-35
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:1-5
MEMORY VERSE: “And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.” – Mark 10:48
In our walk with God as well as in our secular endeavours, one important quality that will make us succeed is persistence. It is the ability to keep working towards your goal in the face of difficulties and challenges. Champions and leaders in secular and spiritual spheres of life would tell you that persistence took them to the top and is the same force that is keeping them there.
What does it mean to Persist?
It means to be insistent i.e to hold fast and steadfast to a purpose despite obstacles, challenges or discouragement. It is to refuse to stop and insist on your goals. One of the wonderful spirits that every believer must possess is the the spirit of persistence. Nothing in life can take the place of persistence. Many believers give up too soon in the things that would have changed their story. In the book of Luke 19:62, the Bible says no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Many Christians that were fervent in the Lord before suddenly turned back because they lack the spirit of persistence. Many believers that were at the edge of their breakthrough suddenly turned back because they lack the spirit of persistence.
It was the spirit of persistence that made the woman in our Fire Scripture to win the heart of that Judge who feared not God, neither regardeth man. Some people in the Bible became celebrity even when the world had completely written them off. Somebody like Hannah would have remained a barren woman but because she possessed the spirit of persistence, she became the mother of one of the greatest judges and prophets in the Bible. Elisha would have remained like the other sons of the prophets, but because of the spirit of persistence in him, he received the double portion of his master, Elijah’s spirit.
The spirit of persistence will help you not to miss the day of your visitation. It will help you to overcome the spirit of failure at the edge of breakthrough. It will help you not to fall in the day of adversity. It was the spirit of persistence that kept Bartimeus shout to Jesus for mercy and help, even when others were telling him to keep quite. The spirit of persistence got Bartimeus Jesus’ attention, the restoration of his sight and the change of his story.
Whatsoever that will bring sweetness will also bring sweat and whatsoever will bring gain will also cause pain. Beloved, endless laughter cannot just come without any challenge. When you say you are tired of coming to church, tired of fasting, praying and studying the word of God, the enemy is not tired of launching his attacks against you. Be persistent and the Lord shall see you through, in Jesus’ name.
YOU MAY ENCOUNTER MANY DEFEAT, BUT YOU MUST NOT BE DEFEATED.
Expected and unexpected breakthrough shall come to you.
- I will not give up at the edge of my miracles, in the name of Jesus.
- I will not miss the day of my visitation, in the name of Jesus.
- I will not miss my divine opportunities, in the name of Jesus.
- Spirit of persistence, come upon me, in the name of Jesus.
- I will not give up, my enemies and challenges will give up, in the name of Jesus.
- O Lord, arise and change my story, in the name of Jesus.
- I will overcome the spirit of discouragement, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide).