Bible Study Outline on Spiritual Perseverance
Having spiritual perseverance is important. Spiritual perseverance help us make the decision to obey God’s command over our fleshly desires. When you persevere, your faith will grow stronger and this will help you to become a more mature Christian. We need perseverance to develop all the qualities of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The 9 fruit of the Spirit cannot be developed overnight but it requires self control, self discipline and perseverance. WIth God’s help, you can develop Christ’s likeness.
Spiritual perseverance helps you to develop good habits that will make your life change for God. Examples of good habits include reading the bible, praying, loving one another, humility, gentleness, and etc. Each of us has a spiritual gift from God to help build up the church. You must develop your spiritual gift and use it to serve the church and help others. For example, some people have the gift of teaching God’s words. You must keep on practicing your spiritual gift until you are good at it. Repetition will enhance your skill.
We will all face problems. When you face problem, you must turn to God in prayer instead of trying to solve it yourself. God wants us to discuss all our problems with him. When you become a believer, you agree that Jesus Christ is the head of your life. Therefore, you must now give him permission to take in charge of all aspects of your life. If you don’t give God permission to guide you, he won’t because God gives us a free will. It is up to you give your life to God.
You must always cling on to God and not walk away into the world. You have to know the bible so that you can discern between right and wrong teachings. There are many false prophets and teachers so you must be careful that the teaching you take heed is truly from God.
You can develop spiritual perseverance by exercising self control daily. For example, you must not be greedy and eat too much. You must have self control and not speak bad words. As you exercise self control in various matters you do daily, you will find that your spiritual perseverance becomes stronger and stronger. You must develop the habit of reading and praying daily. You can start by taking small steps to attain your goal in having strong perseveance of faith in Christ.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12 KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5 KJV)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9 KJV)
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV)
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. (2 Timothy 2:12 KJV)
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. (2 Thessalonians 3:13 KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. (Hebrews 12:1-17 KJV)
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13 KJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:2-4 KJV)
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. (Revelation 3:11 KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:36 KJV)