So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Imagine if there was a way to look back and see how many times you quit when you were so close to succeeding; Every time you stopped running when the finish line was just around the corner; Every time you stopped pushing on when you were just about to break through.
Unfortunately, many times we give up just when we should have persevered a little bit longer.
What if the problems in life are rarely ever failure. Instead, it is the decision to quit right when you are on the edge of a breakthrough that kills what could have been.
Persevere! Press on! Through God, victory is within reach!
As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.
Jesus, racked with pain from the lashings and beatings he received, was so weak that the Roman’s had to pull this man, Simon, from the crowd to carry the cross for Him.
Trials can bear down on us to the point where the weight can seem unbearable. After a pattern of getting knocked down and getting back up, we can grow weary and begin to lose hope.
But Jesus is in the midst of every battle we face. He’s there to prop us up when we don’t have the strength to stand. The Holy Spirit is there to remind us of all the times Jesus has brought us up out of the valley. Don’t ever lose hope!
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
We’ve all watched a game where the outcome seemed to be inevitable. One team is losing so badly that it would take a miracle for them to win. But suddenly the game-changer happens: The play no one expected turns the tide and gives the losing team a renewed sense of hope.
That one play in that one game doesn’t just give us hope for that day, it changes our attitude toward every game after. The next time our team is struggling to make a comeback, we recall that game-changing moment and remind ourselves there’s still hope.
My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:12-13
Jesus told us we would face trouble, but He promised to walk with us through the fire and carry us. In the middle of a storm, we can have joy and peace as we anchor ourselves in the unchanging goodness of God.
There is a peace that is beyond human understanding. It’s that ability to carry on with life even though there is turmoil raging around you. That kind of peace can only come from Jesus and it can only be had by faith.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Staying grounded when adversity strikes and remaining anchored in times of success are the attributes we should always strive for. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt successful, but I persevere, knowing that God has something greater in store.
When life is extremely good, it’s easy to stop relying on Him. But to be successful in life you must keep your connection to God close at all times, relying on Him daily in your decision-making, your prayer life, reading His Word, being thankful always for the good and the bad.
You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf — Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed… and the Lord will be with you.”
2 Chronicles 20:17
When you’re put in a position that threatens to upend your life, your first inclination is to armor up and fight. But relying on your own strength to conquer such an enemy can go all wrong without Jesus running interference before you.
When every fiber in your body is screaming, “Fight!”, resist and fall on your knees. Lay your burdens at the feet of Jesus and allow him to give you direction and strength. He will not lead you astray!