By Dr. Francis Akin-John
It takes consistency and determination to push aside the powers of hell and obtain the victory you desire. If you and I constantly fluct-uate—wandering back and forth and in and out of faith—we will never reap anything enduring for the Kingdom of God.
To pro-duce powerful results, we must be constant in our commitments. We must be “steady-as-she-goes” —fixed, unchanging, and steadfast. It’s all part of being diligent.
- Persistence is also a key to remaining diligent. When a person is persist-ent, he refuses to relent. He is tenaciously immova-ble, even in the face of opposition, and unbend-ing until his objective is achieved.
Withstanding opposi-tion and braving adversity is just a part of the walk of faith. In order for us to resist attempts to abort our dreams, we must be persistent. This is the kind of commitment required to live and walk in faith.
With this in mind, Heb-rews 11:6 could be read:
“God is a Rewarder of those who are hardwork-ing, attentive, busy, const-ant, and persistent in their pursuit of seeking Him.”
- A casual approach will never get you to the trium-phant end of the spiritual race God has placed be-fore you. You have to give 100 per cent of your focus and energy in order to press throu-gh the barriers that will stand against you to keep you from making it to the fi-nish line.
Diligence and all that it entails is a requirement for you to get to a place of victory. So now that we’ve discussed what dili-gence looks like, it’s ess-ential that you make sure you’re right on track in this area so you can fully acc-omplish what God has asked you to do. Are you diligently seeking God and His will for your life? This is the perfect day to make sure your answer is yes!
EVANGELISTIC LOCAL CHURCHES
For more than 30 years now, I’ve studied churches that grow evangelistically. I long to see churches that reach non-believers and make genuine disciples who then reach others. I long to see healthy local churches that lift up Christ and make people His true disciples.
Unfortunately that is not happening in large enough numbers. Too many local churches are small, sick, struggling and stagnant. Why is this so? Why is it hard for local churches to get people converted to Christ in large numbers and regularly today?
Here are some facts of this matter:
- We’ve lost our wonder over Jesus.
Read the book of Mark, and take note of how many times people who were amazed or astonished at Jesus immediately went and told others about Him (e.g., Mark 1:21-28).