Reasons To Never, Ever Give Up
“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” 1 Kings 8:56
If you’ve never suffered disappointment in your life, or if there is not now nor has there ever been a time in your life when it seemed a desire of your heart would never be realized, then, this is not for you. In fact, you are probably already perfected in your faith and you should probably just expect to be translated into Heaven any moment now. HA!
But if you are like the rest of us, disappointment and differed hope are not strangers. They are not friends either, but we are well acquainted with them. The one strains our hope and the other robs us of joyful expectation, both leading to discouragement and a desire to just give up. Over time we can become weary under their load.
But, Jesus tells us we need not ever succumb to those two deceivers. The feelings may occasionally come, but we have a strong and sure defense against them. The key to doing that is first and foremost an unwavering trust in the integrity of God’s Word and the surety of His promises.
God is not a man that He would deceive us in anything, ever, at anytime. That’s just not His nature. God doesn’t make promises and then fail to keep them. God doesn’t have a timetable as men count time for when He will act or not act. God’s time is always now.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is not then or soon or was. It is present tense, active and forceful now in the moment it is declared, believed and acted on. Faith is now!
When you pray believe that you receive. It is at the moment of prayer that our faith is made alive, because what we say in our prayers is the measure of our faith. So, we say with confidence what God has already promised concerning us, with confidence in Him, not in the eloquence or craftiness of our prayers, but in simply trusting in His Word.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24
Believing is the foundation and force of our faith. We honor God when we simply, in childlike faith, take Him at His Word.
Faith and love work hand in hand. Love says,
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Fear is born of uncertainty and ignorance, a lack of knowledge, and at its core is the absence of love, because love perfected in us casts out all fear.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Where fear and doubt or unbelief are absent there is the place for faith to thrive. Where faith thrives nothing is impossible. Now the Word of God is the foundation of our faith because the Word of God is life. Jesus is the Word and that Word is life. The life of Jesus is the Love of God expressed. So we can say that the Word is Love and Life.
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” John 14:10-11
The Words of Jesus are the works of God and they are inseparable. God cannot be separated from His Word or His works. What we say by faith, concerning anything in our lives that the Word of God has promised of His presence to be with us and in us, puts us in touch with the works of God.
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak…” 2 Corinthians 4:13
We can say it this way. When we say of ourselves what God has said concerning us, our lives, our circumstances, our loved ones and friends or His Church, then we are speaking the Words of God and His works over all these things and they will come to pass if we do not faint, grow weary and give up.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
To consider Jesus is to consider Him in relationship to our lives, that He is with us and in us and what He endured we also can endure and gain the victory that He has already won for us.
Situations and circumstances come and go and depending on our willingness to actually believe God we can cause them to change despite the magnitude of their appearance and any given time.
In the sermon where Jesus taught what would happen when we speak to the mountain (Mark 11:22-24) He was saying, we can change our circumstances. Indeed we can change things in the physical world by the use of something in the spiritual world, words. What we say by faith in God’s Word has power to do enormous good because God has already said. “Amen” (So be it) to His Word.
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
What we say in opposition to the facts and reality of the negative situations we face can seem awkward or even foolish to our finite human ways of thinking. But, we should not be dissuaded by this because God has told us that His ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
God’s Word, His ways and thoughts are one and the same. His Word and ways are eternal and in them is the power to transform the temporal things of this world. Jesus said His words are spirit and they are life.
The Word cannot be seen by human eyes the way we see physical things. At least, not any more, until Jesus returns in power and great glory. Now the Words of God are spirit. They cannot be seen with the human eye but they are eternal and filled with power to change everything.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
Abraham understood this and believed in something He could not see because He believed what God had said to Him.
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.” Romans 4:18
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God…” Romans 4:20
“He staggered not,” means he didn’t doubt, didn’t try to rationalize or figured out how God could do what He said, and therefore, because He couldn’t figure it out He couldn’t believe. No. He didn’t do that. He simply believed God and acted on what God had said with no more proof than He is God and what He says goes.
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” Hebrews 10:35
God will never give up on us and we don’t ever need to give up on His Word. He and His Word are one. Hang in there, your reward is on the way. You are closer now than when you began to believe.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Numbers 23:19