After doing a quick word study on my word for the new year, persevere, I realized that it compliments the name God gave me years ago. When I worked at the crisis pregnancy center, my boss led a study and told us to ask God the name he would write on our stone, as Jesus mentions in Revelation.
I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ Revelation 2:17b
The name I heard was “conqueror.” Though my new name and my word of the year have different meanings, they go hand in hand. Together, they are words that every Christian must become familiar with because we are each called to persevere so we can conquer! It takes perseverance to hold onto our faith in Jesus; we must fight the urge to go back to our old ways; the way of sin is a much easier way to go because there is no resistance. Stand strong, mighty warriors! We must persevere to conquer!
For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:21-22