Don’t give up! Just give in – In His Word 1-23-17

Don’t give up! Just give in to Jesus– In His Word 1-23-17

Some days we are so tired of dealing   with life itself that we just want to throw up our hands and shout “ I give up!” God’s Word tells us different!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:1-11
We need to resolve to keep going, walk with God as our guide even when things feel as if they will never get better; God is with us in our trials, He will bring us through when we trust in Him to do so. Despite how we feel we need to press on for the prize is before us!
 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
  I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. Philippians 3:12-18
If we do not give up our fight to do the right thing we can indeed press on and finish the race (our lives) He has given us.
Running in Track as a child I found exhilaration at approaching the finish line. No matter how far behind I was, how tired I was or how defeated I felt I would push out of myself a little bit more to get there. I was not a first place runner but I did not let that stop me from running as fast as I could toward the white line on the ground that signified that I had completed the race. As I became a teen I began having mild asthma and this shortened my running in damp weather. Some times I would run that long run as if I were running against time; I would run to complete the race before I had trouble breathing.  I found that if I stayed calm I could run quite far before my lungs ‘caught up with me’ and reminded me that they needed more air. I had to press on and keep my eyes on the finish line. One day in P.E. my coach put me in a 440 race not understanding that I had breathing problems. She did not listen to my protests but looked at them as an excuse. I was so upset at her and figured she just thought I was lazy; I put it in my head to win the race to prove I could do it.  Coming around the final curve I thought I would collapse but then; I set my mind on the finish line and I ran the race with all my heart, all my strength and every breath I had in me. I came inches from beating the first place runner.  Even though I could not breath at the end of the race and had to throw myself on the ground to get the air out of my lungs; I proved to myself that I was not lazy and that I could finish the race.
Whenever I feel like giving up in life I am reminded of the ‘push’ I had that day and know that God will give me that extra stamina to complete any race He has put before me. There will be no temptation, no trial, not persecution that I cannot endure when I realize that God is with me in all that I do. It does not matter how many files you have to deal with piling up on your desk; or how many piles of clothes you have to wash, kids you have to feed, and hurdles you have to leap over to get to the next pay day. If God is with you, and if you remember that He is with you; ask, seek, knock.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 1:7
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:9-10
He will not forsake you, do not forsake Him; do not give up for God is with you. He will give you the encouragement to continue the race and will help you breathe at the end. That day running I found out that I could do anything I put my mind to do to prove the right thing. Do not fear what man can do to you, press on doing the thing that is right in God’s eyes.  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6.
 Trust God, continue in right living and be obedient to those in charge no matter if it seems like they do not believe you, God will help you through to the prize if you keep your heart and mind focused on Him and His goodness.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to follow You, to be obedient to those in authority over us and know that You Lord will help us through all things and there is no need to fear because You will help us through to the end of the race and find the prize is forever with You, in Jesus name, amen.
Read some more: James 1:1- 27, Hebrews 13:1-26, Psalm 9:1-20,  And Philippians 3:1-21

 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20