Don’t Give Up

Confidence In God
Hebrews 10:35-39
Hebrews 10:35-39 (NIV) Bible Gateway Online
35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 – You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
37 – For,“In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.”
38 – And,“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
39 – But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
This passage of Scripture is screaming the words, “DO NOT GIVE UP”.
There has been several times in my life where I wanted to just quit and walk away from what God called me to do.  The only comfort I have in saying this, is that I’m not alone. Some of the most godly men in history have felt the same way. Look with me at two biblical examples who felt the same way at different times in their lives. First we have Elijah in the Old Testament and second we have Titus in the New Testament.
Elijah was an Old Testament Prophet that walked with God and even took on the 450 prophets of Baal. In the archives of history this moment for Elijah was a confidence builder moment. Read 1 Kings 18:16-19:15a, and carefully observe the power of God through the use of one man.  Elijah even taunted the 450 prophets of Baal.  Yet in the days that followed this miracle of God done on behalf of His servant Elijah. We find Elijah hiding in a cave in fear for his life.  He is in hiding when God speaks to him.  God asked him, “What are you doing here Elijah?” “Go back the way you came.”  Elijah had a mountain top moment followed by a valley of fear. Elijah for a brief moment in history had lost his confidence in God.
Now let us examine Titus in the New Testament.  Read all three chapters found in Titus.  Notice that he was sent to a city of great evil. He had been sent to a place where no christian would want to be. He had to remain strong and faithful to his calling.  Titus was a younger man of God and because of this the elders did not respect or accept him. In this letter from the Apostle Paul you can see clearly that Titus was having a hard time ministering to the people of Crete. Chapter 1:5″The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished” Titus was given a huge task to finish what the Apostle Paul had begun. Paul knew that Titus would get discouraged and want to just give way and say I’m done God, I can’t take anymore. Which is exactly why Paul told Titus to set the example for others to follow. Look with me at verse 7 and 8 of chapter 2. “7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”  Paul gives Titus these words of encouragement in order that Titus would not give up on the lost people in Crete. In chapter 3 verse 14 Paul reminds Titus of the mission at hand. “14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”
Each of these two men Elijah and Titus experienced what it feels like to want to say I quit. Both men were confident in God, but they still needed encouraging words to get their focus back on track.  From a worldly viewpoint, each of these two men would have been justified in walking away from tough times.  In today’s society it is sadly happening to many people who walk with The Lord.  They find themselves backed into a corner with no way out and simply just quit.
Have you ever felt like you have had enough and you just want to quit?
DO NOT QUIT. Please read with me Hebrews 10:35-39 (NIV) Bible Gateway Online.
35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 – You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
37 – For,“In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.”
38 – And,“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
39 – But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Hebrews 10:35-39 (NIV)
It is time for the people of God to open our eyes and see the urgency of persevering in our faith, not giving in, but remaining CONFIDENT IN GOD.
What are you confident in?
Pastor G

 

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