Tenacity

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“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~Psalm 73:26

Tenacity – the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly.

Sometimes I forget something in my bedroom and not wanting to disturb my wife who is sleeping I feel around in a dark room to grab it only to walk into the light to see that I’ve gripped the wrong thing. Obviously I’m going back until I’ve have the desired item. Especially if it’s a pair of glasses. It’s not going to do me any good to walk around with someone else’s glasses. I have to let go of the wrong ones and go back for the right ones.

What are you holding on to today? I think if we could take time each morning before we enter our day and make sure we are possessing the things of God rather than the things of the world our days would be much more profitable.

Holding on to something that is destructive like anger or jealousy, pride or unforgiveness can affect the way we see. If my focus is on my circumstances and the problems that they bring, I’m not going to be a pleasant person to be around, it’s like every decision I make is filtered thru a distorted lenses and I might not respond the way I should.

Psalm 73 is a good example of what our day could look like if our perspective is skewed. I’m not sure how long Asaph stayed in that frame of mind before he let go of what he was holding on to. My tenacity can either make me or brake me, the humility it takes for me to loosen my grip of what I’m holding on to and to grab onto the life I have in Christ is what can set me free. If I show up to work wearing my wife’s glasses that I wrongly picked up in the dark room, not only will my focus be off but I’ll look ridiculous.

Asaph got caught up looking around and wearied himself by comparing his life to that of the “wicked”. I was taught at an early age not to judge another man’s life until you’ve walked in his shoes.

We are able to possess a tenacity that is fueled by spiritual vision, seeing things for what they really are, and become confident that our God is good! There is no comparison to inner peace and joy that only comes from being with God and His people. “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, Then I understood their end” vs 17.

So, if the daily grind is getting to you and you’re holding on to unhealthy notions about life, let go and walk into the sanctuary of God. That sanctuary is more than a place, it’s the literal presence of God. David finishes off Psalm 68 by stating;

“O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 15; Proverbs 16

Daily Quote:  “If you really want to experience God, go and make disciples.” ~Francis Chan

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young. ~Isaiah 40:11

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