Archive for February, 2015

‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’

– Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

Is determination a character trait I am born with, or is it a learned behavior, or both?

Consider the child that learns to walk. What do we learn from this example on the subject of determination and walking by faith? When you read and reflect upon the verse of scripture provided as the inspiration for this post, what is explained as the remedy for overcoming the hindrances of sin’s entanglement?

‘For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.’ – Proverbs 24:16 NIV

Is it that we learn determination, or the troubles of this life Jesus said we would have begin to affect us and influence within us a desire to quit, give up, give in, or is this capacity within us when we are born too? Consider this, even the Son of God sought to renegotiate His divine purpose of surrendering His life on the cross when He cried out to the Father, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ – Luke 22:42 NIV

The baby that learns to walk does so because they are determined to. Instinctually they are internally driven by their desire, and purpose, to achieve the goal of walking because of their desire to and internal drive to fulfill their divine purpose to walk upright. The word of God and the Spirit of God work together in the heart and mind of the child of God to inspire, nurture, and cultivate the same disposition and resolve for the child of God to display ‘determination’ as they walk by faith.

Father, bless us and help us to allow Your word and Your Spirit to continually cultivate within us the necessary resolve and determination to allow us to walk by faith and experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.’

– Psalm 51:10, 12 NIV

Ever got sick of succumbing to a sin you’ve struggled and wrestled with in your faith walk with God? Ever wondered why your faith in Christ has not yet brought about deliverance from a particular sin? In the midst of your frustration, remorse, and grief over your sin, have you ever heard the still, small voice of God whisper to you, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, and my power is made perfect in your weakness,’ as He whispered to the Apostle Paul?

Have you discovered the remedy of feeling sick of your sin?

‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ – Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

The word ‘determination’ resonated with me during the time I read and reflected upon Psalm 51 today. And from this 4 thoughts along with it:

  • My conscious recognition of my need for God, His grace and mercy, must increase and outlast my capacity and propensity to sin in order to remain sensitive to God’s holiness, sincere in my faith walk towards holiness, and be deliberate and intentional about not succumbing to the darkness within me, or the world around me.
  • How do I learn to be determined?
  • Am I as determined in my pursuit of intimacy with God as I am with others?
  • Do I consistently allow my sin, my past, the darkness, or the troubles of this life to discourage my pursuit of God?

Resolution: God’s arms are always open to me. ‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ – Romans 7:24-25 NIVĀ 

Father, bless us and help us to be determined to press forward, push past, and persevere beyond our sins that so easily entangle us being deliberate and intentional about experiencing the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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