When making life decisions, there are two groups of people–those who give up and those who refuse to give up. In general, the majority of those who give up do so for different reasons. Contrary to what others may think, it is not always because of laziness or lack of ambition. Believe it or not they give up for reasons that very well may be are out of their control. Such as, illness, lack of finances, education, or family support.
Refuse to give up on God’s promises
Now for the sake of this blog post when I say, “Refuse to Give Up,” I am talking about God and His promises. What I know for sure is that when God makes a promise it will come to pass. 2 Corinthians 1:20 New Living Translation says, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.”
In other words, if He promised it in His Word, trust and believe you will see it. And if He put a promise in your spirit you can bank on it happening. Numbers 23:19 New Living Translation is very clear; “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
A time and a season
Another major reason people give up hope is a lack of faith and confidence in themselves and/or God. Now, there is an important factor to consider, and that is faith. Hebrews 11:1 New International Version says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” The Passion Translation puts it like this, “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”
No doubt, it can be hard to hold on to the promises of God. Especially if you have been waiting for a long period of time. One thing we must keep in mind is that there is a time and a season for all things. Simply stated, if you are waiting for healing in your body, refuse to give up. If you need money to start that business, refuse to give up. Are you praying for a loved one to receive Jesus; refuse to give up hope. Because God’s plans for you and your family are good.
Equally important, remember to keep the faith and trust God. Hebrews 11:6 New Living Translation says, “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
So, if you have decided to trust God and His promises, then this podcast episode is for you. Use the player at the top of this blog post or subscribe and listen via your preferred podcast platform. Then join Lady V and me as we go deeper in our discussion—Refuse to Give Up.
Scriptures Referenced in Episode Discussion
|1 Kings 17:1 and 18:41-46
|2 Corinthians 5:7
|2 Peter 1:2
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