Determination + Perseverance= Success

Dr. Anthony W. Adams
Dr. Anthony W. Adams

Determination can be described like this: First, we wish; second, we decide; third, we determine; and possessing our resolve, we press on and on until our ultimate aim has become a reality.  Webster stated that “Perseverance is the act of persevering; persistency; steadfastness; constancy; continued pursuit of an aim or an enterprise; persistency in any thing undertaken.” The reason I place these two words (determination and Perseverance) together is because determination fosters perseverance. For a person to be successful, he or she must be determined because determination will bring the necessary power to accomplish his or her goals. However, determination must be accompanied by perseverance in order to achieve success.

The writer of Hebrews stated, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful…So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (10:23; 35, NIV).

The idea of the word persevere is that we are to bear up under difficult circumstances.  However, this is not the idea of doing so in a very passive manner, but rather with an expectant determination, strength, and courage that resists defeat.  It is the idea that we are not giving in or giving over to the idea of giving up.  This passage is telling us that in order to receive what God has promised we must endure.

French Arrington stated concerning Hebrews 10:35, “As long as salvation involves future promises, believers need to persevere.”  Andrew Murray declared, “Between the faith that accepts a promise, and the experience that fully inherits or receives it, there often lie years of discipline and training needed to fit and perfect you for the inward possession of what God has to give.”

William Barclay observed, “Most people can start well and almost everyone can be fine in spasms.  To everyone it is sometimes given to mount up with wings as eagles; in the moment of the great effort everyone can run and not grow weary; but the greatest gift of all is to walk and not faint.”  The Child of God needs to be like the postage stamp.  The usefulness of a postage stamp lies in its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

The Lord said in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (NIV).  However, the key is to do the will of God and persevere in the faith until we receive what He has promised.

Question: What advice can you give to someone who is holding on to hope but has not yet received?