Wininng over Thoughts of Giving Up

There was a baseball player who set the major league record for strikeouts with 1,316. The same player set a record for five consecutive strikeouts in a World Series game. The holder of both records was the great slugger, Babe Ruth.

If the enemy of our souls can not get us to get caught up in some habitual or serious sin or walk away from the life God has set out for us, his next plan is to wear us down little by little and just get us to give up.

We are brought to many quitting places throughout our lives. It's the place where the reasons to quit seem to be most reasonable.  Sometime others will join in the chorus and encourage us to quit a life of commitment.  It sounds so right… so sensible.  But quitting on God because of the pressure is not the way out. That pressure we feel is not meant to drive us from God, but to Him.

In response to the thought, “I just can not do this anymore,” is this truth from Scripture.

Philip. 4:13 (NASB)
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (the Apostle Paul wrote this in prison, expecting execution any day)

What we do not realize, because of the pressure in the moment, is that God is there waiting to help us. And we need His help.  Obtaining God’s help (His grace) is the way we crash though quitting points in our lives.  But for Him to come, we must petition Him with confidence and through prayer.

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The right thought for us when we have every good reason to quit and give up is

Psalm 121:2-3 (NASB)
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
[3] He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.

Turning to God while being tempted to quit is the difference between breaking through or falling back.  Every time you run to God and get grace, you become stronger. It is amazing.

Listen to one of my favorite stories:

When he was seven years old, his family was forced out of their home on a legal grounds, and he had to work to help support them. At age nine, his mother died. At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk. He wanted to go to law school, but his education wasn't good enough. At 23, he went into debt to become a partner in a small store. At 26, his business partner died, leaving him a huge debt that took years to repay. At 28, after courting a girl for four years, he asked her to marry him. She said no. At 37, on his third try he was elected to Congress, but two years later, he failed to be reelected. At 41, his four-year-old son died. At 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. At 47, he failed as the vice-presidential candidate. At 49, he ran for the Senate again, and lost. At 51, he was elected president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln, a man many consider the greatest leader the country ever had.

We win if we don’t quit.