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“Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Luke 18:5 What is persistence? According to the dictionary it is the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action despite difficulty or opposition. There are many instances in the Bible where someone was persistent to achieve their goal. We read in Luke 18:1-5 when Jesus tells the story of a woman who continually went to a judge asking to be vindicated. It was because of her persistence that  the judge finally vindicated her. When we kneel to pray for a…

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your way, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 Abraham and Sarah were given a promise of children, but Sarah was unable to conceive. Instead of waiting on God for the promise, she tried to hurry the promise herself by allowing Abraham to have her servant, Hagar. Hagar was only doing what she was told, but when she conceived, Sarah became furious. Although, Sarah had made the mistake,…

“And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?” (Nehemiah 4:2) When Nehemiah set out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, it was not an easy task. The walls had been destroyed 152 years before that and many thought it was impossible. Nehemiah and those helping rebuild the walls were met with opposition from many sides. They faced ridicule, threat of…