Start to Finish

Romans 5:3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance (NASB).

The world is full of starters, but there are far fewer finishers. Many people are gung-ho at the onset of certain tasks, but once there is the slightest opposition, they lose heart and give up. Perhaps you are one of them. God’s desire is for you to develop perseverance in every area of your life. He wants you to be a finisher and to remain motivated when faced with difficulty.

A lot of people flee from adversity because they are scared of conflict. They avoid hardship, but many times God leads us into trials. He allows us to walk through tough times in order to develop perseverance in us. Most people lack the ability to finish because they either run or quit when they encounter adverse circumstances. Perseverance only develops when your faith is tested (James 1:3).

Not finishing what you start is a sign of immaturity. James 1:4 says, “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (NIV). If you don’t discipline yourself to finish what you start, you will never be a complete person. You will lack confidence, and your faith will stumble.

Being a finisher requires great strength and self-control. The devil doesn’t want you to finish things, so he fights you every step of the way. He attacks your spirit, soul, and body. But you must remember you are fighting the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). My wife Heidi says it is a good fight because we are fighting from victory, not for victory. Hallelujah!

Be encouraged: Do not quit! Finish what you have started. God has given you the grace you need to complete the task at hand. May your level of endurance increase today.

James 1:12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him (NIV).

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