Thursday, November 23, 2017
Words of the Week – Don’t Give Up!
By Barbara Bryant (Contributing Religion Writer)
Published September 6, 2012


Barbara Bryant

Ever heard yourself thinking or saying, “Something’s gotta give.” Bad grammar, but we all know what it means.

Your inner man is saying, “This is too much for me, God. I can’t take this anymore. If it is not one thing, it is another and if something does not give, I’m going to give up!”

I believe there are times that life will give you reasons to give up.  There will be moments when you want to quit church, quit the ministry, quit the job, quit the business, quit the family, sit down and do nothing, but you can’t.  God’s word tells us to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). 

I am writing to tell you, don’t give up. You are on the brink of a miracle. More importantly, the Lord wants you to be strong in the day of adversity.

Proverbs 24:10 reads, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” This scripture insinuates that your spiritual strength is revealed in the way you cope with adversity. On that note, you should not become discouraged and give up when you face challenges.

I’ve discovered in my personal walk that when you are strong in the Lord, you can bear your burdens easily. But if you are weak in your spirit, even a small burden can be too heavy for you. Therefore, you must seek to be filled with the strength of God everyday. You must persist and persevere in order to experience the fullness of God’s blessing in your life.

My friend, enter this day in triumph! The fact that you are a believer means you will suffer because all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).

But in the midst of your ordained suffering, know that God is moving even in the emptiest and darkest places of your life to lead you to victory. Second Corinthians 2:14 says that God always leads His people in triumph.

I know you may not understand why God chose you for the trial you are facing right now, but God does. God is fully aware of where He has ordered your steps. And when YOUR appointed time has come, your change will come.

Be strong in Jesus’ Name.


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