Diligence : persevering determination to perform a task; exercise of carefulness, persistence and determination in any endeavour to achieve a goal.
To be diligent: quietly and steadily continuing a task despite any difficulties. synonyms: hardworking, tireless, industrious.
Success is said to have happened when the right actions applied to the right task overcome resistance.
Colossians 3:23, 2 Peter 1:3
In what areas should we show diligence?
1.The word of God (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:6,17, Joshua 1:18)
2.In guarding our hearts (Proverbs 4:2)
3.Adding to our faith (2 Peter 1:5-7)
4.In making your calling and election sure ( 2 Peter 1:10-11)
5.In serving (Hebrews 6:10-12, 1 Corinthians 15:58)
6.In seeking the Lord (Hebrews 11:6, Proverbs 16:3, 8:17, Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
7.In removing the roots of bitterness (Hebrews 12:15)
8.In acting with discernment (Proverbs 23:1)
9.In stewardship (Exodus 15:26, Proverbs 27:23)
Benefits of diligence
1.Fulfillment (Proverbs 13:2)
2.Honor (Proverbs 22:29)
3.Creativity (Proverbs 21:5)
4.Favor (Proverbs 11:27)
5.Authority (Proverbs 12:24)
6. Value, addition and preservation (Proverbs 12:27)
7.Riches (Proverbs 10:4, Matthew 6:33)
What you honor, you give priority to, and what you give priority to you will be diligent in.
Victory requires diligence.
Everybody is diligent at something, but diligence is oftentimes misplaced.
Diligence will manifest with highest priority.
Whatever has the highest priority in your life got there though your honour because you value it the most.
When we honor something it is valuable to us and because it is, it has priority or preference in our lives.
Diligence has been misplaced because honor has been misplaced.
A big part in developing diligence is developing honor.
How to avoid misplacing diligence
1.Release your faith through words
Declare the specific areas in which you want to be diligent in.
2.Ignore your feelings
3.Refer to the word of God with honour
4.Prioritise the word
5.Practice giving the word a priority over other things