Keep On Keeping On
“So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9, AMP)
As a Baby Boomer of the 60’s, we had an expression that reflects the meaning of this verse. We said, “I just keep on keeping on.” This phrase rang through my ears every time I listened to Bob Dylan’s song, “Tangled Up in Blue.” In this verse, Jesus explains the benefits when we “keep on keeping on.” We show that we keep on keeping on, whenever we: listen carefully and follow Jesus’ instructions; are persistent despite obstacles, opposition or discouragement; persevere, endure, and are tenacious in our faith. We keep on keeping on, walking forward in our faith no matter what whenever we refuse to give in to fear, doubt and unbelief.
The impact of persistent action is illustrated by the effect that running water has on solid rock. Over time, a persistent drop of water will wear away solid rock. Sadly, many Christians, fall into the following behavior patterns: “Well, I tried it once, but nothing happened.” “I know I shouldn’t, but somehow I keep falling off the wagon.” Why is that? Why do we give up, cave in and quit so easily?
Child of God, I encourage you to examine your life. Do you start reading God’s Word with the intention of daily meditation and study, but quit before you have created the habit? Do you spend time in prayer and thanksgiving every day, or wait until you are in a jam and face a crisis? Do you tithe only when you have extra money?” Do you choose your favorite pastime or recreation over church on Sunday mornings? If your answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, I encourage you to ask God to show you where you need to “Keep on keeping on.” Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Trust Jesus and His grace. No matter what, keep your eyes on Jesus and keep on keeping on!
Father, thank You for never changing or wavering in Your love for me. Holy Spirit, teach me to set my eyes on Jesus at all times and to be consistently obedient and faithful. Jesus, with Your grace, I can penetrate any difficulty, and nothing is impossible for me. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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