Determination

Hebrews 11:24-27(NIV) By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.  26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.  27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Determination is looking at insurmountable obstacles as opportunities to cry out for God’s supernatural intervention. The opposite of determination is faintheartedness.

Life is consisted of choices. If we make right choices, we experience the blessings of God. If we make wrong choices, we experience discipline, destruction, or even death. After wise decisions have been made they are carried out with determination. Wise choices will often be challenged by difficulties and temptations. E.g. if a young couple that is relating determines that we will keep sexually pure before marriage, that choice will be tested and they will have to be determined to work through their choices. And so will any choice that Persistanceyou make be tested.

Reaching one’s goals requires more than a skill: it takes determination. This means rejecting distractions, such as discouragement and doubt. Often, failure is due NOT to lack of talent or ability but to a lack of persistence during difficult times.

Hudson Taylor, who was a missionary to India, once commented: “At first the task looks difficult, then it is impossible; then it is done.”

Armin Gesswein—who was the founder and director of Revival Prayer Fellowship, Inc. and Ministers’ Prayer Fellowship—said, “When God is about to do something great, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something truly magnificent, he starts with an impossibility.”

May God give you a spirit that does not give up; a spirit of determination.

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