Never quit because God will never quit on us!

This week we encourage you and also ourselves not to quit on believing in God because God will carry us through the situations we’re facing - even this pandemic.  

God wants us to always remember that our times of trial can make us stronger. We know that God can carry us through the storms of life because the Bible tells us so. Scripture tells us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). Every difficult situation you face, whether big or small, is preparing you to be stronger. God will use your trials to produce greater faith and strength if you allow Him to. Your pain has purpose, even when you don’t understand why in this moment.

In Africa we have tales about animals and today let us share with you the reason as to why the chicken sits on her eggs. It the story that teaches us never to quit.  To persevere and be patient in all circumstances and situations.

Long time ago, the chicken, the cow and the goat lived in the same house.  They lived as friends and shared everything and celebrated each other’s success. They grew up and it come the time for them to get their partners.  The time came also for them to be blessed with young ones.  So the chicken was the first to be blessed and when time came she got something that did not resemble her that looked like a stone – the egg.  She shouted with joy and celebrated and days went on and she continued getting the blessing of the “stones”.  A time came also for the goat and the cow to be blessed and each got wonderful gifts with all features that looked like them!  Beautiful ears, eyes, mouth name it. Soon they started grazing with their loved ones. Chicken was full of envy.  She started questioning God. why did you bless me with stones?. how will I ever live with this shame?.  What happiness do I have in leaving these “stones” behind and seing my friends walking with their loved ones?.  In frustration, bitterness and anger chicken went and sat on her “stones” and cried so much. “God, can you give me one good reason not to quit?” When goat and cow came to visit her she refused to be comforted and continued sitting on her stones until 21 days were over. Suddenly the stones started moving! One by one the” stones” hatching into beautiful chicks ! All in number the chicken had 30 beautiful chicks!

Perhaps, you are tired of trying and, in all probability, you’re spinning your wheels and getting nowhere you are just sitting on “stones”.  You may see other people “less deserving” getting ahead, and you are stuck in the same place. Life might have gotten monotonous. Feelings of inadequacy seep into your mind. Or, a setback has caused you to fall back into old, destructive patterns. Now, you could be off-track, discouraged and your energy may be drained.

But wait. You count. Your life matters. No matter what you are going through today, God has not given up on you, so don’t give up on yourself. God says even in frustrations I will make you fruitful. Decide now to get off the treadmill of negative thoughts and see beyond the present moment. God has a wonderful plan and place for you. And your future holds great promise.

It doesn’t matter how impossible your situation appears to be or how long it takes, your time of victory will come. You will rise high. You will flourish. So don’t quit, give God glory, by rising as high as you can.

Your life is full of countless possibilities. You have too much yet to do, too many lives to positively influence and too many dreams to make manifest to quit now. Your time for victory, too, is coming. So whatever may be troubling you, turn it all over to God and progress ahead. There is no obstacle too big for God to turn around for your greater good. He is working right now on your behalf and is “going before you and making the crooked places straight.” (Isaiah 45:2-3).

Therefore, stand in faith and say, “I am not going to give up. I’m moving forward with God,” and “I’ll become all that God intends for me to be.” God hasn’t brought you this far to leave you here. He is about to do something greater than you can ever imagine. So, continue your pursuit. Don’t stop now. And keep on going.

In the Bible, I read about the Prodigal Son. A father had two sons and the younger son asked his father to give him his portion of his inheritance early, from the family estate. The father granted his request and the young son set off to distant lands and begins to waste his fortune in debauchery. A famine hits the country, the young son’s money runs out, and he finds himself destitute, in horrible conditions. Finally, the young son comes to his senses and although unsure of the welcome he’d receive, returns home.

Upon seeing his son, the father who had been watching and waiting for him, ran out to greet his beloved son with opened arms and rejoiced that the son found his way back home. (Luke 15: 11-32)

Nothing could separate the son from his father’s love, and nothing can separate you from God’s love. So, persist onward, under God’s love, guidance and care. Then watch in awe as he blesses all areas of your life. And peace, joy and victory will be yours.

Because trials can come upon us suddenly and without advance warning, they seem to end up in one of two ways. If we know what Gods basic will is for our lives and we trust Him, then well have the confidence and the faith that no matter what we see or feel, God is working out His perfect plan in His timing and way. However, as so many of us are finding out, if we dont know what Gods will is for our lives and we dont trust Him, then our faith and our confidence erodes in trials and we sink.

So, lets take a minute to review exactly what is Gods basic will for our lives and how we can trust Him in it. Its easy to say that God will use our trials and our suffering to accomplish His will, but what exactly does this mean?

Gods will for all mankind is that we might have a personal and eternal relationship with Him through salvation. As John 3:13-17 says, Christ came so that all might be saved. Gods will for believers, however, is much more specific. He wants all Christians to be conformed into His image by the process of sanctification. (Romans 8:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 6:1) In brief, He wants to reproduce His Life in us.

I have always thought t that Gods basic will for our lives is that we be conformed into Christ’s image, but for some reason I never realized the full ramifications of this statement. Not only does God want us to be conformed into His image of Love, joy, peace, etc., but also to be conformed into His image of endurance, longsuffering, forbearing and perseverance. This is what the process of sanctification is all about.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century wrote: ''The wondrous theme of the Bible that frightens so many people is that the only visible sign of God in the world is the cross. Christ is not carried away from earth to heaven in glory, but He must go to the cross. And precisely there, where the cross stands, the resurrection is near; even there, where everyone begins to doubt God, where everyone despairs of Gods power, there God is whole, there Christ is active and near. Where the power of darkness does violence to the light of God, there God triumphs and judges the darkness.''

Trusting God Is Essential - If we are going to learn longsuffering and the ability ''never to give up,'' then we must learn to unconditionally trust God. This is the means by which Jesus accomplished all that God intended Him to do. And, its the same with us.

What exactly is trust? The Greek word is peitho, which means ''to rely upon, to have confidence in or to believe in.'' Think about it for a moment. Trust encompasses absolutely everything. Everything we think, say and do is built upon either trust in someone or trust in something. Most of us have learned the hard way that if we put our trust in material things or other people, well usually be let down. That leaves us with just two other options: either put our trust in ourselves, which again most of us have found out to be deadly (see Proverbs 28:26), or put our trust in the Lord. We cannot do both. We cannot fully trust in God and trust in ourselves at the same time. We must choose one or the other.

For Christians, Hebrews 2:13 tells us that there is only one correct answer. We must unconditionally trust in the Lord and Him alone. He is the only One who has all the answers to life. He is the only One who knows all the intricate plans He has for our individual lives. And He is the only One who can control what comes in and out of our lives. Trusting God means cleaving to Him with unreserved confidence no matter how we feel, what we see or what we understand; being fully persuaded that what He has promised, He will perform in His timing and in His way. (Romans 4:20)

By experience, most of us have learned that Gods ways are often far beyond our human understanding. Thus, if we are to walk with Him, love Him and experience His Life through us, we must unreservedly cling to the assurance that whatever He allows in our lives is for a purpose. Being able to trust Him, rely upon Him and have confidence in Him in these times is absolutely essential. If we give in to doubting His Love and His care at this time, we can easily lose our way. Its impossible to do His will and learn longsuffering without being able to trust Him completely!

One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 37:5, which says: ''Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He will bring it to pass.'' Trusting God is simply knowing and being absolutely assured that He will do all He promises and  perseverance is the certainty that what we are looking for, will happen. Trusting God is the basis of that perseverance.

Trust incorporates many things, from knowing what His will is to walking it out. And, of course, it incorporates the whole process in between. The more we understand what trust really is, the more well be able to confidently walk out His will.

Comforting thought for the season

At one time or another, all of us have experienced a setback or endured a significant loss. Maybe that's where you are today; perhaps you've lost a job, a relationship, or even someone or something you love.

If so, I want to encourage you with Matthew 5:4. Jesus says, "Blessed and enviably happy…are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!"

I used to think this was odd. I wondered, "How can we be blessed if we are mourning?" Then God helped me understand that our times of pain are actually perfect opportunities to receive and experience His supernatural comfort.

In fact, having a problem is one of the best places to begin again. Why? Because God's comfort goes far beyond any ordinary kind of comfort. He is the only One who can carry you through the pain and help you to actually become a better, more powerful person than you were before.

With God's help, we can look at our pain as an opportunity. I believe we can have an attitude that says, "This may be tough right now, but I will never give up. I'm really hurting, but I'm going to bounce back!"

Our prayer for the season

 Our heavenly father my family and our reader strongly believes your word in Romans 8:28 that says, "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them" May your Holy Spirit help us today to press through and seek you God for help and comfort through this trying moments. Let us God never to quit because we know our heavenly father you will never quit on us. For we humbly prayer this in the sacred name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.