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Imagine Is a Perseverance Word (4 of 6)
Series: Imagine - Believe in the Power of a Dream
INTRODUCTION: Choose the imperishable. See the invisible. Do the impossible. We must see with the eye of faith, seeing the invisible, seeing in the Spirit God's dream for our life. God desires to commune with our spirit. He desires to speak to us clearly. We need to listen to His voice and trade our plan for our life for God's plan for our life. Helen Keller was once asked what would be worse than being blind. Her reply was ''To have sight and no vision.''
I. DEFINING PERSEVERANCE
A. GREEK DEFINITION
1. Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
2. Greek word is used 32 times in the New Testament. It is translated patience, patient continuance, enduring, patient waiting.
3. The concept of remaining or abiding in a certain place
a. To remain in a place in spite of opposition, to stand against opposition, to hold out, stand fast, to abide in something, to keep something, to have courageous endurance
b. Greek word used in 2 Peter 1:6 - Hupomonee = lit. ''remaining under''
4. The concept revealed in this Greek word has the following different ideas:
a. Stand strong, hold up under, hold out - this is made possible by the expectation within the person for God to give strength.
b. The word patience, steadfastness, endurance refers to man's endurance when faced with the adversities of life, whether his reaction be one of passiv ...
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