Sermon: Persistence – Key To Dealing With Negative Patterns/Habits

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Topic: The Decision To Confront Negative Patterns/Habits – from Seeds of Destiny Devotional by Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche | Date: Friday, 15 June 2018.

SCRIPTURE: And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Genesis 32:25-26.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is persistence that wears out resistance.

Previously, we noted three keys to dealing with negative patterns and habits in life, which are identifying the pattern or habit, deciding to confront the pattern or habit and actually confronting the pattern or habit.

Now, the fourth key to dealing with negative tendencies and habits is the refusal to give up the fight.

In dealing with the negative tendencies/habits, you must fight with the mentality of refusing to give up the fight. The angel of the Lord told Jacob, “let me go, for the day breaketh,” but Jacob refused and seemed to have told the angel, “I am not letting you go anywhere until this negative tendency of my life ends”. That was the mind-set that gave Jacob victory; it was a mind-set that refused to give up in the face of battles.

Why, then, is it important not to give up in the face of battles? It is persistence that wears out resistance; anywhere resistance is found, what you need is to match it with persistence.

Beloved, refuse to give up the fight. In the course of the fight to terminating the negative patterns or habits in your life, there may be setbacks but you must never allow temporary setbacks to become a permanent outcome. For instance, you may have vowed never to drink or smoke again and you stay without drinking or smoking for a long time; but all of a sudden, you find yourself in the trap of alcoholism and tobacco smoking and then the devil tells you that you would never overcome the habit. Just tell the devil that he is a liar and that you have overcome it already.

Beloved, refuse to give up when victory or the expected result seems to be delayed; even if your testimony appears to be delayed refuse to give up. Even when you have toiled all night and caught nothing like Peter (Luke 5:5), refuse to give up.

Remember this: It is persistence that wears out resistance.


  1. Refuse to give up in the fight of confronting negative tendencies and habits.
  2. Be tenacious in fighting to win the battles of life.

PRAYER: O Lord, I ask for the grace not to give up in fighting the battles of destiny. I ask for the impartation of the spirit of tenacity, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.


DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Kings 14:1 to 15:24, Acts 10:1 to 23, Psalm 133:1 to 3, Proverbs 17:7 to 8

AMAZING FACT: Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 15/06/1752 – Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.

QUOTE: If you have made up your mind to get to the top, then you have made up your mind to be a fighter. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

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