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~ Pastor's Encouraging Words ~

  We will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9
Here are three more enemies of perseverance you'll have to defeat
each day this year:

These are:

(1) Lack of resiliency. George Vaillant identifies resiliency as a significant characteristic of people who navigate the different seasons of life from birth to old age. in his book "Aging Well" he writes, "Resilient people are like a twig with a fresh, green, living core. When twisted out of shape the twig bends but it doesn't break; instead it springs back and continues growing." That's an excellent description of perseverance. We must not become dry, brittle and inflexible. We must draw on God's grace and endeavor to bounce back no matter how we feel.

(2) Lack of vision. Everything that's created is actually created twice. First it's created mentally, then it's created physically. And where does our creativity come from? God, our creator, who made us in His likeness (See Genesis 1:27). A God-given vision will keep you moving forward when nothing else will. The lack of one will stop you dead in your tracks.

(3) Lack of purpose. Rich Demoss remarked, "Persistence is stubbornness when you lack a sense of purpose." It's very difficult to develop persistence when you lack a sense of purpose. Conversely, when you have a passionate sense of purpose, energy rises, obstacles become incidental and perseverance wins out. A world champion boxer put it this way: "Champions aren't made in gyms, they are made from something they have deep inside them--a desire, a dream, a vision. They have last-minute stamina. They have to be a little faster, and they have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."

  I hope that these five lessons on perseverance have help some of you when you start to think that the best way is to "just give up". The scripture teaches us that "We will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9      Through God's Holy Spirit He has made us flexible, life can pull us in so many different ways, cause us to twist and bend in ways that hurt to a point of just throwing in the towel. But there is hope because God has given us this hope that comes through His Son, Jesus Christ that when all is said and done we will stand before our Creator and hear those words, "Well done my good and faithful servant, enter in and rest."

The scriptural key to success is — running the race each day.
See Hebrews 12:1-2
So, this year -- persevere.

God bless all of you - See you Sunday!

Pastor Steve Haynes
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