But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:21)
Jude is writing the instruction manual for perseverance in this verse. This is the how-to, the nuts and bolts, the basic 4-step process to perseverance.
- Build yourself up in your most holy faith
- Pray in the Holy Spirit
- Keep yourself in God’s love
- Wait on the mercy of Jesus
When the journey seems too long, go back to the basic-4. When the struggles seem insurmountable, go back to the basic-4. When the loss overtakes you, go back to the basic-4. Perseverance is possible with the basic-4.
Today let’s start on step 1 and build the foundation for the basic-4: Build yourself up in your most holy faith.
How do we build ourselves up in our most holy faith? Like training for a marathon; through dedication, building strength and endurance, setting milestones, and recognizing our progress.
To build ourselves up in our most holy faith we have to:
1. Know God. Hebrews 1 tells us that to build up our faith we are to draw near to God and believe that He exists. The verse goes on to explain that faith is hope without evidence of seeing.
- And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:16)
- Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:1)
The Bible assures us that as we grow in our faith God will provide all that we need to sustain us. Because we are assured that God will provide for our every need we have no cause to worry.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
2. Refuse to worry. Worry is the antithesis of faith. Worry is an idol- it gets between you and God. Refusing to worry requires self-discipline and commitment to get ourselves out of the rabbit hole as soon as we realize it’s happening. Don’t worry- write it on your hand, put a sticky note on your mirror, in your car, on your checkbook. Just knock it off.
- So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 11:10)
- I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
The first step, the foundation, to perseverance is knowing God and refusing to worry.
To read more about topics in this blog: click here to read about refusing to worry click here to read “He knows my name!” click here to read about how God is your strength and your shield