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Where’s your Determination lie?

March 16, 2012

It’s a simple fact that the most successful people are the ones who show the greatest level of drive and determination.  Lazy, half-hearted and careless people don’t usually go far in life.  Determination is a must have quality, even in our walk with God.

The people used most mightly of God in the Bible had determination, and it’s easy to see that.  Moses displayed extraordinary determination.  He stood before the most powerful king on earth and demanded that he free his slaves.  He led the people of God when they didn’t want to leave Egypt.  He led them when they want ed to go back.  He led them when they didn’t believe they had anywhere to go.  He led them when they sinned.  He led them when they murmured and complained.  Moses was a determined leader.

David displayed determination.  1Samuel tells us he fought a lion and a bear.  He killed a giant.  He raised an army and countless times defeated the Philisines.  He recaptured the land stolen during Saul’s reign. He fought all Israel’s enemies.  David was often victorious.  David was a determined soldier.

Paul showed remarkable determination in preaching the Gospel.  In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul gives us an overview of the struggles he faced while preaching.  Shipwrecked three times, marooned on an island, beaten, stoned, jailed, falsely accused, ran out of towns, robbed, and mistreated.  He went without food, without water, without adequate shelter and clothing all so he could carry the Gospel.

But was Moses simply determined to be a leader? David a warrior? Paul a preacher?  Or did their determination run deeper?  I suspect it did.

Henrews 11:26 tells us Moses “was looking ahead to his great reward.”  The root of David”s determination is given in Psalms 27:4 (NLT): “The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple”.  Paul famously told the church in Corinth “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

If Moses was simply determined to lead Israel, he might have quit after the turned on him.  If David was only determined to win battles, he might have given up when he lost a few.  If Paul was only determined to preach he surely would have stopped after his many misfortunes.  However, they desired to discover God’s rewards, live in His presence, and know Him.  If we can change our determination from “I must not fail” to “I must know Him” we to can overcome great obstacles and be used greatly by God.

Be Blessed


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