Giving Up


Giving Up


What should we do when we feel like giving up? Be honest with God about our feelings. It's in the Bible, Psalm 13:1, TLB. "How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need?"
God has promised strength when we need it. It's in the Bible, Colossians 1:11-12, TLB. "Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light."
Giving up often causes us to miss the best God has to offer. It's in the Bible, II Corinthians 4:16-17, TLB. "That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won't last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God's richest blessing upon us forever and ever!"
When our hearts condemn us, we should not give up. It's in the Bible, I John 3:19,20, NIV. "This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts; and He knows everything."
God's presence is not always a glorious, fantastic, awesome display - He might be in a still small voice. It's in the Bible, 1 Kings 19:11-12, NKJV. "Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice"
You are not alone. Deuteronomy 31:6, NKJV. "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Though we make mistakes, we are still in God's hands.  Psalm 37:23-24, NKJV. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand"
Mistakes happen and sometimes we fall - don't give up, get back up. It's in the Bible, Proverbs 24:16, NKJV. "For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity."
Nothing can separate us from God's love. It's in the Bible, Romans 8:38-39, NKJV. "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Trust God and wait on Him. It's in the Bible, Isaiah 25:9, NKJV. "And it will be said in that day: 'Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.'"
God will not fail you in your day of adversity. It's in the Bible, Psalm 57:2-3, NKJV. "I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth"
Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on God. It's in the Bible, 2 Corinithians 12:9,10 NKJV. "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

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