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The Promise of Perseverance

By: Adriana Hayes

I had the opportunity to speak at a women’s retreat in Prescott, Arizona. The conference spanned Friday to Sunday and I spoke four times. The theme of the conference was “Enduring Hope” and the circumstances surrounding my invitation were nothing short of God orchestrated! They had chosen Romans 5:3-5 as their passage: “Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us” (NASB).

Given my long-standing history with suffering, I was familiar with this passage. As I began to dig deep into it, asking the Holy Spirit to give me fresh insight, while pouring over commentaries and podcasts, a few things jumped out at me that I’d love to share with you.

First, I strongly felt the Holy Spirit urging me to lead a public invitation for salvation on the first night …

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