Gems 2015 — April 16 Scripture Selection: II Kings 1-3

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 16 Scripture Selection: II Kings 1-3

Food for Thought: II Kings 2:1-15

Tenacity! It is a very good thing! Elisha dared to desire and request a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, and he got it because he refused to allow himself to be separated from the prophet, even when he was told to stay behind. His tenacity really paid off. We, too, need tenacity, which really is perseverant, daring faith, for every aspect of our lives.

Like Elisha, tenacious people cannot be dissuaded, regardless of what is said to them, or how many people say it. Nor do the difficult circumstances in their lives deter them. Their mind is made up, and they remain convinced and in the fray until they gain the results they are aiming for. As the apostle Paul said in II Timothy 1:12, “For this reason 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 what I have committed to Him until that Day.”

The apostle Paul continued in verse thirteen advising, “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” Tenacious people are careful about what they say. They do not waver. They are not double-minded, and their confessions of faith are consistent, which is exactly what is required for the desired end. (The Shunammite woman of II Kings 4:17-36 is a great example.) Jesus Himself tells in Mark 11:23 of the power of speaking in faith without doubting in the heart. Similarly, Hebrews 10:23 encourages us in this: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

The word tenacity implies that, despite perseverance being put to the test, it is relentless. James 1:2-8 speaks of how patience (endurance) is produced during a trial and that when patience has been allowed to complete its work, the end result is a positive one, which is motive of great joy, something the double-minded and unstable cannot experience. The perseverant ones stay the course and eventually win because faith is on their side. Don’t give up!

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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