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How to Persevere?

May 11, 2020

James 1:4 … Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

This verse led me to ask “How do you persevere”?
The answer seemed to be ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit’.
Zechariah 4:2-6 … He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand{menorah} of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left. So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord.”?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.
So what is this lamp stand with seven branches which are lamps filled with golden oil?
Judges 14:18 … “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”
=> His Holy Spirit{strength} empowered Word{golden oil}

His Holy Spirit empowered Word enlightens the eyes –1Samuel 14:27
And brings joy to the heart –Psalm 19:8
The joy of the Lord is your strength!  –Nehemiah 8:10
His Holy Spirit empowered Word enables you to
Fix your eyes on Jesus-the author and finisher of our faith
And “run” the race with patient endurance=perseverance! –Hebrews 12:1-3
Psalm 19:7-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned [reminded, illuminated, and instructed]; In keeping them there is great reward. …
… 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.


Word Study
.From NetBible Ja 1:4 , Heb 12:1 , Heb 10:36

  • perseverance[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, {cheerful, hopeful}endurance, patience
    *in the NT the characteristic of one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
  • complete[3648] = perfectly sound, whole, wanting nothing
  • Perseverance produces maturity, completeness –James 1:4
  • Perseverance produces proven character and hope-A hope that does not disappoint because of God’s love poured out by the Holy Spirit –Romans 5:3-5
  • Perseverance allows you to “run and finish” the race  –Hebrews 12:1-3
  • And receive what was promised=great reward! –Hebrews 10:35-36


Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judges 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! –Psalm 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
Judges 14:6

=> His Holy Spirit empowered word

From NetBible Ps 19:8 , 1Samuel 14:27 {honey enlightens}

  • enlighten[0215] = illuminate, bring light, insight
  • The entrance{doorway} of Your words gives light{enlightens}; It gives insight to the simple. Psalm 119:130