“Ever Want To Just Give Up?”
Do you ever wonder what’s the use? Why keep praying that prayer? Why show up for something that is going to yield the same results?
Why clean a house that will get dirty again? Why cook supper for a thankless crew? Why show up to a dead-end job?
Day in and day out, it’s the same thing, same story, and same old tune.
Progress if any, seems to move like a snail. Of course the Devil wants us to think nothing is ever going to change, but in reality, nothing stays the same.
So what would it look like…..if you walked away from a cause that you know GOD has called you to be faithful to?
Or give up on a people HE has entrusted to you? Or abandon a task HE has given you to do?
What would it look like for you to let go of the dream? Turn your back in bitterness or defeat and strike a new path?
How would your life be better? Or worse?
My husband was abandoned by his mother at the age of 4. Tired of taking care of kids, living in the same place, with the same man, she was over the monotony of daily household chores. She wanted more. She wanted out and that’s exactly what she did. Like a thief in the night, she packed up a two-year old baby and left behind her other child, my husband, moving over 1000 miles away.
My mother-in-law gave up, and the emotional peril to my husband has been life-long.
Letting go of your cause may not be something so damaging….or is it?
Let’s talk about the consequences of walking away.
Chase down the path of giving up. Where will it take you?
Maybe you are a single person thinking about letting go of your purity? Or maybe Bible study is too difficult and you are having trouble comprehending? What about the diet? The one your doctor told you is imperative to good health?
What about the dream that’s stalled for the time being, because you have responsibilities to take care of, or GOD’S timing is not in it?
There are many heroes in the Bible who could have given up, yet didn’t.
Remember Joshua? He knew GOD would deliver the children of Israel from their enemies. He believed and stayed the course when no one else did. Eventually he received the inheritance promised while the others didn’t.
Then there is Paul…beaten, imprisoned, oppressed, harassed, and hunted…yet he never gave up for the cause of Christ…he was faithful. How many countless souls have come to JESUS because of Paul’s faithfulness?
What about Noah? Can you imagine how hard it would be to build a big, honking, gopher wood, cruise ship, while everyone is making fun of you? Bible scholars say from 55 to 75 years Noah endured the critics, the scoffers, and the naysayers….yet he saw the project through to the first rain drop. I guess you can say he didn’t miss the boat.
Whatever “good” you are doing in life…get ready…the resistance and warfare is coming.
Satan wants us to think the worst about our situations so we will give up. But what is the potential if you stay the course? Close your eyes and imagine step by step what your life could be if you hang in there for the good of Christ?
Who will benefit from your faithfulness? What will your golden years look like as a result of your faithfulness? What child will know JESUS? What generation will be most affected by your contribution of faithfulness? What will you family dynamic be like? Who will you bless? What rewards will you have to lay at JESUS’ feet one day?
The warfare is the bullet to stop you.
The enemy knows faithfulness always wins, but he wants to make the journey hard so you won’t finish.
If you are lost in a fog of monotony or discouragement today, don’t give up.
Maybe you feel GOD has turned his back or is withholding something from you….please don’t give up.
Perhaps life has changed and you can’t imagine normal or happy again….oh child there is too much at stake to give up now…..if you are in a place like this….you faith is on the line.
So why stay the course?
Why show up every day to the task GOD has put in front of you?
Because faithfulness matters.
The Bible says….
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
If we stay the course and be faithful….we will reap a harvest from all our efforts and toil.
Faithfulness affects every aspect of our life and every relationship including our bond with GOD.
Faithfulness means that no matter the valley you are walking in, no matter the hurt you are carrying, no matter the rotten circumstances you are dealing with and no matter what man throws your way…..
Being faithful means you trust GOD for the outcome.
Faithfulness tells GOD, you are in this journey with HIM till the end.
Don’t give up friend, don’t run out and don’t let Satan win…..
If you are faithful to GOD…..HE will be faithful to you.
Stay in the fight friends, GOD sees you…HE cares for you….and HE will reward your faithfulness.
I am sending love and prayers to all my readers today who are tired and wanting to give up. Fight for your faithfulness!
Here are some scriptures and worship links to encourage you to fight for faithfulness in all areas of your life.
Proverbs 28:20, Habakkuk 2:4, Matthew 25:13-21, 1 Peter 5:8-10, Revelation 2:10
Elevation Worship – Great Things (Worth It All), Your Promises, Fortress
I am so honored to be linking up with my sweet friend, Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup…on her blog purposefulfaith.com.