Do you feel like giving up? I urge you to keep moving forward even if you don’t feel like it. Scientists have proven the power of persistence through an experiment. A one-ton ball was suspended from the ceiling next to a suspended cork. An electrical mechanism kept the cork swinging back and forth, gently bouncing against the iron weight.
After many days of pounding by the cork, the researchers noticed the iron ball moving ever so slightly. The cork continued to knock against it until the heavy ball eventually swung widely back and forth. No one would have believed that a cork could move an iron ball, but it did! And the only reason was the little cork kept pounding away and wouldn't stop.
It’s so easy to quit when we we’re facing a difficult situation. Most people quit before the answer comes and the miracle occurs. The Bible clearly teaches the power of being persistent. The Canaanite woman received her miracle because she continued to pursue Jesus when circumstances told her to stop (Matt. 15:22-28). Jesus specifically told us to not quit praying even when nothing seems to be happening (Luke 18:1-8). The apostle Paul told us to not quit doing good because we will reap if we don’t give up (Gal. 6:9).
Are you the little cork facing the iron ball? Don't give up! Keep pounding away. If you will keep knocking you will soon see your situation change. Persistence is the most overlooked way to receive God’s blessings.
READ THIS SERMON—JONAH, part 1 "Unwelcome Assignments" by Kent Crockett
WATCH THIS MUSIC VIDEO—“The Great Unfolding” (A very encouraging song by Steven Curtis Chapman)
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