What to do when you feel like giving up as a Christian

Romans 8:37

Quitting is not an option. God never quits; what he wants must happen; “And the LORD said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans” (Jeramiah 1:12 NLT). It is true that when we set out on something, we often experience setbacks that can discourage us and sometimes are weighty enough to get us “quit thinking”. Hence, knowing that we ought to behave like God hence quitting should not be an option; “Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect” (Mathew 5:48). As exciting as this sounds, it is not that easy. However, there are some simple but power things to do in order not to quit.

Remember the why. Abraham was almost quitting on God when he was asking to make his servant his heir, God simply responded by reminding about his promise son and assured him of His word from the beginning (Genesis 15:4-7). This is probably why God instructs us to write down the our visions so that we can always go back to it; “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it “ (Habakkuk 2:2). Sometimes what you need when you are about giving up is a reminder of why you started in the first place. Recalling the experience, inspiration, circumstances that got you on that journey in the first place can boost your enthusiasm and keep you going.

Renew your strength. Sometimes quitting is an option when inner strength has failed but God has a solution as always; “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:3). Inner strength can come in form of faith, joy, peace and the endurance to continue and we get there by “waiting” on the Lord. Waiting means staying; it means abiding, that is, just staying fixed on God. How do you do this? God back to God and tell him how you feel. This is not the time to be religious, it is the time to pour your heart out to God and tell him exactly how you feel. Elijah did this when he ran away from Jezebel out of fear; he was almost quitting (1 King 19:14)). This is the time to have a heart to heart talk with God and acknowledge your need for him “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Mathew 5:3). Also, hold on to God’s word and his promises concerning that situation. God is always concerned about the end “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10). On a final note, waiting on God can keep you going even when you strength is little; “And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them” (Judges 8:4).

Find support. Like Joseph we are not always privileged to have support from our loved ones but we can go seeking like Mary did. Elizabeth had been barren for years and then her husband became dumb and she became pregnant. This was an unusual situation and betrothed Mary who just became pregnant without meeting a man needed such a person in her support system. Sometimes what keeps us going is the people who keep encouraging us. It can be very energizing.

Finally, chose to believe and act as though the end will eventually come no matter what happens. Refuse to compromise on your stand. This is the winner’s Attitude.

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