This is a ten-part series – based on John Maxwell’s Best Selling Book “Put Your Dream To The Test: Ten Questions To Help You See It and Seize It!” This week, Pastor G talks about “The Tenacity Question: Am I Steadily Moving Forward, Closer to My God-Given Dream?”
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 37:4
I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. ~ Revelation 2:19
Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; ~ Revelation 2:25-26
ὑπομονή — Hupomoné — Persevere
Patiently enduring in steadfastness throughout the challenges of life.
κρατέω — Kratéō — hold fast
to place under one’s grasp, to seize hold of, to put under your control.
Rule #1:Take one more step. Rule #2: Refer to Rule #1. ~ H. Jackson Brown
They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. ~ John 19:17-18
HOW TO BE TENACIOUS ABOUT FULFILLING YOUR GOD-GIVEN DREAM
1) PROTECT YOUR DREAM FROM ENEMIES
All who hate me whisper together against me; against me they devise my hurt, saying, “A wicked thing is poured out upon him, that when he lies down, he will not rise up again.” 9Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. But You, O Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, that I may repay them. ~ Psalm 41:7-10
Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. ~ Matthew 7:6
For as he THINKS within himself, so he IS. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you. ~ Proverbs 23:7
2) DON’T WAIT FOR PERFECT CONDITIONS TO START
He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good. ~ Ecclesiastes 11:4-6
A year from now you will wish you had started today. ~ Karen Lamb
3) PRACTICE THE RULE OF FIVE
[David] took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine. ~ 1 Samuel 17:40
4) EVEN WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL POSSIBILITIES, YOU ACTUALLY HAVEN’T
Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” ~ Mark 10:27
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus… ~ Matthew 14:28-29
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
GO DEEPER REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1) When you remember Pastor Greg’s message, what was one takeaway point that really stuck with you? What did you think of the stories of the snail and the little engine? How about the “Don’t Quit” poem he shared?
2) When it comes to tenacity, how tenacious are you about pursuing what God has placed in your heart to pursue? Do you tend to give up quickly when things are harder than you expected them to be or do you find an inner strength to keep going? Where does that strength come from and how do you tap into it?
3) Which of the four “How To Be Tenacious …” action steps resonated with you most as you face the current challenges of your life? Why?
READ: Mark 10:27, Matthew 14:8-9 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
1) Do you really believe that “all things are possible” with God? Why or why not? If an unbeliever friend said they don’t agree and named several impossible things (ie: being able to fly, being invisible) how would you explain the true context of Jesus’ statement here?
2) If God commanded you to fly or commanded you to be invisible or commanded you to walk on water (a seemingly impossible thing) would you be able to do it? Why or why not? If you tried 100 times and failed but you were still certain God was commanding you to do it what would you do next?