There are two more reasons you need to develop staying power are: (1) It overcomes prolonged illness. When sickness saps your physical, emotional, and mental strength—that's when you need staying power. The Bible says, "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?" (Proverbs 18:14). Charles Spurgeon was known to multitudes as "the prince of preachers." His ministry impacted London and much of the British Isles. Yet he was so sick that he had to spend a lot of his time resting in Southern France. His wife, who became an invalid after the birth of their twin sons, transcended her physical limitations with staying power. Though paralyzed, she directed from her bed an unprecedented book distribution effort. And it's largely because of her staying power that Spurgeon's books are on the shelves of more people around the world than the books of most other ministers. (2) It overcomes financial limitations. George Muller, who founded homes for orphans in England, is a prime example of staying power. He saved the lives of thousands of children, and he did it by faith. Many times he didn't have the money to buy food for their next meal, but he never complained. Instead he prayed. And in response to his faith, money poured in from all over the world, much of it from people he never knew. Muller lived by the scriptural principle: "Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;" (Romans 12:11-12).
"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25)
By the grace and mercy of the Father, the believer is kept from stumbling to destruction during the long journey of life and will be presented blameless and pure before the throne of God. As followers of Christ, we must keep ourselves in the love of God as we anxiously wait for the return of the Messiah. During this time of waiting, we are promised that God will keep us in His hands and we will not stumble away from His great purpose. Instead, nothing will snatch us away (John 10:29) and we will reside with Him for eternity!
Week #31 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 19-21
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 16-20
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 87-89
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 13
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 37-42
Friday: (Gospels) Luke 23-24
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Thessalonians 1-3