Spiritual Grit

How to grow your spiritual grit

February 14, 2021

Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone. (Song of Songs 4:2)

At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. (Acts 14:1)

But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. (Acts 14:2)

“Jesus promised his disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” William Barclay

So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord… (Acts 14:3)

The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. (Acts 14:4-5)

But they found out about it and fled to Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, where they continued to preach the gospel. (Acts 14:6-7)

Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. (Acts 14:19)

They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. (Acts 14:19-20) For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again. (Proverbs 24:16)

Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. (Acts 14:21-22)

Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger for false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. (2 Corinthians 11:24-27)

How much opposition does it take for you to stop doing God’s will?

Spiritual grit is the decision to push through challenging circumstances, situations or seasons in order to do God’s will no matter what.

I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50:7)

“You can tell the size of a leader by what it takes to stop him/her.” John Maxwell “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Mike Tyson

Learn to separate the pressure from stress.

Pressure is EXTERNAL.

Stress is INTERNAL.

To have grit, we must learn to live in HIGH pressure with LOW stress.

I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50:7)

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