November 15, 2020
The Power and Prize of Perseverance
Sam McVay Jr.
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Sam teaches about persevering under trial and the rewards the Lord has promised for those that love him.
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James 1:12 (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
There is a happy favor upon the one who perseveres under trial.
- They receive the crown of life
- It is a primary expression of love for the Lord
Hebrews 10:36-39 (NIV)
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”
38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Many have and many will “shrink back.”
They will do this in trial because of fear about and unbelief in the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness.
Perseverance is “faith manifest” and “proof of righteousness.”
Perseverance is also a “fertile birther”:
Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Perseverance to “full term” producing character (experience) > hope > Spirit filled love of God experience.
Many need hope in these times. And one primary way you get it is: prolonged perseverance!
Sam McVay, 2020, Sermon, November, November 2020, Perseverance