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  1. Persistence and resilience are two words that have been seared into my brain during my years of research in computer science.

    Persistence refers to the retention of data when the power is removed. Resilience has to do with ensuring that even in the event of an unexpected failure, the system recovers from that event in a consistent state.

    Nowadays, most of our computers work on this basis, and often, even when computer users are incredibly stupid, we manage to recover most of their work.

    Our spiritual experience should be persistent and resilient. And it is not just sound advice for when things get tough and the end of the world is nigh.

    This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus Rev 14:12 NIV

    Implicit in this description is that patient endurance (persistence and resilience) is not just for the moment, but something that is practiced and tested over a lifetime.

    When I was doing research on persistence in computers, I set up my algorithms and ran them on a testbed for weeks. I changed the parameters so that I ultimately knew how it was going to work in the good times as well as the bad. If you want to get these things to work, you don't just read books about it and summarise what others have done.

    Christian persistent and resilience is something that we need to practice even now.

    • Thank you for this post. I was looking for a description on characteristics of steadfast endurance. I didnt find it on this page until i read your post; ‘ Persistence refers to the retention of data when the power is removed. Resilience has to do with ensuring that even in the event of an unexpected failure, the system recovers from that event in a consistent state.’
      God bless you

  2. This lesson shows a correlation between the “faith in Jesus” and “the faith of Jesus.” For example, when a situation presents itself or we have a Red Sea in front of us. We need the “faith of Jesus.” We need to claim to God’s promise that He will make a way out of no way.

    In Isaiah 43: 1 - 2, “ 1But now thus says the LORD,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
    2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
    when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you (ESV).”
    Isaiah 43: 1 - 2 talks about how we should have “the faith in Jesus.”

    We need to remember that He will never forsake us.

    The “faith of Jesus” implies that we have to emulate Jesus’ faith in our life. When we see the Red Sea in front of us, we need to have “the faith of Jesus” to walk through it by faith. In Philippians 4 : 13, the apostle Paul declared “ I can do all this through him who gives me strength.“ When we have “the faith of Jesus, no mountain is insurmountable.

    This lesson is telling someone who is reading now that you need to have “the faith of Jesus” by reading your bible and remembering that God loves and has a plan for you. The “faith of Jesus” means that you had a close encounter with Jesus and nothing on this earth will shake or trouble you. We need the faith of Jesus and in Jesus to be victorious every day.

    Have a blessed week in Jesus’ name!

  3. In teaching we use the term ‘scaffolding’ to describe breaking up a large assignment into smaller parts so that students can learn the skills of each component before successfully putting everything together into a larger whole. I see the everyday “smaller” tests of faith all part of the scaffolding for the big exam that’s coming. In my experience, students who procrastinate and instead skip all the scaffolding are successful with the final exercise.
    (Luke 16:10)
    “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.“

  4. our "Good works" are to be "By Faith," in Jesus, works and not works by our own efforts to do them but by trusting God the Father and His Holy Spirit to help us do them as per how Jesus His Son did them as an example for us.

  5. Unwavering loyalty will need to be practiced long before the time of the end, or it will become very difficult to maintain it under the pressure coming from the opposition to our faith. Patience – ‘steadfast endurance’ -, seems to be that which is referred to when comparing our living in the kingdom of God to a race which ”God has set before us ..” – Hebr. 21:1-2; Matt.25:1-14.

    During that 'time of tribulation', one might still be able to worship the Creator in quite solitude on Sabbath, or, if still safe, among others in the forum of the 'market place' through testifying to His Mercy and Grace. But should one be called upon to face open threats of persecution when doing so, our conviction of the faith need to be stronger than the fear of persecution and death.

    We only know of some of the circumstances under which the faithful will be pressured to end the race, to give up the price awaiting the faithful, faltering under the immense pressures to comply with the beast’s demands. The testimony of the martyrs from the past speak loudly to the cruelty of the persecution by those who are convinced that they are doing God’s work.

    There is never a time during this ‘race’ which allows us to let down our guard and take our resolve to stay faithful for granted. Remember that mankind is facing a great deception which presents itself as the light from God even now. Yes, we need to not only have faith ‘in’ Jesus, but we will need to have the faith of Jesus to stand strong until “the Words of God are fulfilled.” – Rev.17:17.

  6. When we "walk according to... the Spirit", which means "living by faith... our lives are changed."It is a mystery, but God can work in us, so we evidence fundamental changes. To face inner modification requires an exercise that only some people are willing to do. Slow innovations are easier to deal with than abrupt and profound transformations, although sometimes we must stand these too. We must be open to this now and prepared for what is coming. Reconstruction daily!

  7. Standing firm in one’s faith, and not getting resentful in the face of verbal attacks from the devil is what I would call resilience. Just like Jesus refuted the devil with memorized scripture that’s the only way that we will overcome him. We need to build a wall of memorized verses around our hearts.


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