This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.
The Bible has a lot of big themes, but one we don’t often think of is “struggle.”
- Think of all the struggles in the Bible: good vs. evil, battles, flesh vs. spirits, and the list goes on.
- Contrary to popular belief, being faithful to God and following Jesus will not exempt us from hardship and suffering. In fact, we may very well suffer more hardship and loss because of our faith (John 16:33). We all face adversity, but how you face adversity defines you.
- To overcome adversity, we need to have grit. Grit is toughness and perseverance. When we look at God’s calling on our lives, we see that we need to persevere. We also need to be gentle and humble. You can have grit and perseverance while also being a kind, caring, and humble follower of Christ.
- If you are following Jesus, you carry the Holy Spirit with you. He is with you through adversity and will supply your needs (Philippians 4:13). God doesn’t promise to keep us out of harm’s way all the time. He promises to be with us all the time. We should consider it joy to endure hardship (James 1:2-5).
- To build grit, change your view of Jesus. He’s not a vending machine, but a fire. To get more warmth from a fire, draw close to him. Develop your spiritual life. Fast and pray. Study God’s word. Seek discipleship, and seek to disciple and mentor others.
Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- There are a lot of struggles talked about in the Bible. What sort of struggles have you gone through in your own life?
- Read Matthew 5:45. Jesus says that it rains on the just and the unjust alike. What does he mean by this, and how is his teaching relevant for our lives today?
- What does it look like to have grit? Would you say you have grit? Why or why not?
- Read Philippians 4:13 and James 1:2-5. What do these verses taken together teach us about enduring hardship for God?
- Think of prayer and fasting, Bible study, worship, and discipleship/disciple-making. What steps do you need to take to build up more grit or spiritual perseverance?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.