Have you ever wondered why some people make it in life and others don’t. Well, I’ve decided to study this phenomenon and this is what I have discovered: The thing that sets successful people apart from the failures is simply tenacity.
Yes, it is their refusal to quit when things get tough. They have mastered the art of continuing no matter how tough things get. They resist the urge to quit. Some words the dictionary used to describe tenacity are: persistence, determination, perseverance, steadfastness, staying power, etc. Some people are great starters, but they are not such great finishers. They will get very excited about something at the start of it and at the first sign of difficulty they will quit.
I myself used to be a quitter, until I learned the truth and established myself in God’s word. I would go from job to job and at the first sign of discomfort I would leave that job and go on the next. There was just always something wrong with this or that at the job. This became a pattern and affected my family’s financial situation. It affected my self-confidence. I became ashamed of myself, because at the start of something I would get so excited and tell the whole world and then once I quite, shame would take over, because I didn’t see it through. And so the devil kept me bound in this cycle for many years. Until I decided to try God’s Word on for size. That changed everything. I soon learned that I was the problem and more than that I learned how to break the cycle by getting in alignment with God’s Word and not quitting!
If we are rooted in the Word of God we will find the tenacity that we need to see a task through to completion. Micah 7:8 says “Though I have fallen, I will rise” So when you fall and are tempted to quit, don’t …instead stand on God’s steadfast Word and get right back up again. Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” If the devil knocks you down seven times, then get back up eight times! That’s how you beat him and that is how you obtain success.
If you don’t develop the art of tenacity and not giving up then you will never become the person God wants and needs you to be. It’s that simple. You have to settle it once and for all that from this day forward quitting is no longer an option in your life.
One of the main reasons that people quit half-way is because they lack patience. They want everything fast and easy. At the first sign of just a little discomfort they turn and go the other way and choose the path of least resistance. In other words, they quit.
When you are tempted to quit, don’t run from God. Instead run to Him! Spending time with God and in His Word will cause you to become established, settled and quite immovable. Become like the person described in Psalm 112.6-8: “Surely he shall not be moved for ever…his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid.” When you become established, you become someone God can count on to do His will and work and thus you will be able to receive blessing upon blessing and become successful.
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Whenever you find someone abounding in the blessings of God, it is clear why – it is because they are strong and established. And if you won’t give up and remain faithful, then get ready to flourish like never before. You will surely be walking in success.