2 Corinthians 11:25 “Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;”
2 Corinthians 11:26 “[In] journeyings often, [in] perils of waters, [in] perils of robbers, [in] perils by [mine own] countrymen, [in] perils by the heathen, [in] perils in the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils in the sea, [in] perils among false brethren;”
…From yesterday…
Paul further asked another serious question providing another interesting answer:
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Romans 8:38 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,”
Romans 8:39 “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wao! Those were powerful words from Paul worth listening to.
Now the question is, “How can we develop the same doggedness and ruggedness?”
Friend, the first thing that makes a man dogged is what I call the power of purpose. When Paul had an encounter with the Lord and got converted, the first question Paul asked was, “Why am I here?”
Acts 9:6 “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”
After his conversion, the first thing Paul sorted out was his purpose for living. Beloved, salvation is simply the first step on the road to discovery of purpose. Knowing your purpose helps to develop that Never-say-die attitude.
God spoke to Apostle Paul, and he got an understanding of his purpose and this led to his doggedness.
To be continued…
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