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;”
2 Timothy 1:12 “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
Friend, how convinced are you about the personality of God? How convinced are you about your assignment, vision, purpose and the abilities God has deposited on your inside?
Paul boldly said “…I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded…” Meaning I know God and I am fully persuaded about Him. I am convinced beyond “reasonable and unreasonable” doubts about God and the assignment He has comitted into my hand!
I have met several people who says God has called them to do this and that but are foot-dragging just because they’re not too sure or convinced. They seem to hear God alright but then find it difficult convincing themselves.
Beloved, the gist is this, if God called you, you’ve got to call yourself!
Until you’ve convinced yourself, you can’t convince any other person! Conviction births doggedness. Jesus was convinced about who he is, his mission and the Master who sent him.
John 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
He knew whom he has believed and is not confused at all.
Peter had a dogged conviction as well. Hear this:
To be continued…
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