If you feel like you cannot live another day in a loveless marriage, I’m talking to you.
If you feel like you’re holding on by your financial fingernails, I’m talking to you.
If you feel like you cannot pray another prayer for a sick loved one, a wayward child, or a hardhearted spouse, I’m talking to you.
If you feel like you’re the only one doing what’s right while the rest of the world rides the bullet train to destruction, I’m talking to you.
If you feel like you’re the only one committed to remain sexually pure, I’m talking to you.
The rest of you may leave the room.
For those who remain, here’s what the Lord wants to say to you today: You cannot quit.
Because Christians don’t quit.
Christians persevere under suffering.
Christians remain faithful during dark times.
Christians pray even when nothing happens.
Christians keep believing even when everyone else gives up.
They say with Job, “Even though he slay me, I will continue to trust in him.”
They say with Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, “Our God is able . . . but even if he doesn’t, we will not bow.”
They say with Jacob, “I will not let you go until you bless me.”
They say with Stephen, “Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do.”
They say with Jesus, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Your flesh wants to quit, but the Spirit of Christ that lives inside you will give you the ability to hold on. And not just hold on, but be victorious. When you are weak, Jesus will be strong in you. When you think you can’t take another step, pray another prayer, or survive another day, you will, because Christ will strengthen you. And when you get through this—and you will—your faith will be stronger, your testimony will shine, and you will receive the crown of life that God promises to those who persevere under trial (Jas. 1:12).
Dear friend, don’t quit. One day very soon, it will be worth it all.
Now it's your turn. When have you encountered a situation where you wanted to quit but you didn't?What happened when you persevered?
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