Never Give Up

NEVER GIVE UP

You are too close to your breakthrough. All hell is breaking loose in your life because you are on the brink of a miracle. And the enemy is trying to discourage you. But don’t give up. Hang in there, even if you must hang on by a thread. God is about to answer your prayer, so keep asking, seeking, and knocking. God cannot ignore your faith.

PERSIST
 
In Luke 18, Jesus told a parable about the importance of persistent prayer, saying, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (verse 1). The word faint in this verse means to lose heart, to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out and exhausted. Sometimes the battle becomes so intense that we feel too tired to pray. Or we have been waiting for such a long time we become discouraged and want to give up, but delay is not denial.

The Bible says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). If it is worth having, then it is worth fighting for, so be aggressive in your faith. P.U.S.H. Pray until something happens! The victory will be worth it all.
 
FOCUS

In Jesus’s parable, a certain widow woman understood the power of perseverance. She continually came to the judge, pleading for justice. “Avenge me of my adversary.” But this judge “feared not God, neither regarded man” (verse 2). This man did not care about God or people, but this woman refused to take no for an answer. In the morning, she appeared before the judge, and in the evening, she did the same. Every opportunity she had, she came to the judge with her request.

One thing that jumped out at me in this parable was how focused this woman was. She wasn’t asking the judge for a million things. Sometimes we do not receive answers to our prayers because our focus is broken. Sometimes we need to concentrate on one request at a time and pray until we get a breakthrough before jumping to the next petition.

CONSISTENCY
 
So, the widow was focused and shameless in her persistence, and for a while, the judge ignored her. “But afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me” (verses 4-5).

“Continual coming” – that is the secret to prayer, consistency and determination. Some people believe that if you pray for something more than once, you do not have faith, but this parable proves otherwise. Faith will stir you to keep bringing up that request to God because you are convinced he will answer you.

My mama did not pray for me once. Once would not have worked for me. I was in the world and in the gangs, but my mama kept asking God to save me. And finally, one day, God got a hold of me, and I surrendered my life to Jesus and submitted to his will for my life to preach the Gospel.

“And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily…” (verses 6-8).

TRY AGAIN
 
I want to encourage somebody to ask again. Pray again. Fast again. Give again. Try again. You’ve come too far to give up now. Don’t throw in the towel. You are too close to your breakthrough. God is about to step into your situation and turn it around speedily. Your answer is on the way.

Hang in there just a little while longer. That unsaved spouse is about to give their life to Christ. That child that has been running wild is about to come to Jesus. Your finances are about to take a turn for the better. Your sickness is about to disappear. Keep on believing God. He will come through for you.

ONE PRAYER AWAY  

Remember the man at the pool of Bethesda. He was sick for thirty-eight years, but he came to the pool every day, waiting for the stirring of the waters, praying for his chance. And one day, Jesus singled him out and healed him. But what would have happened if he decided not to go to the pool that day? What if he said, “Nothing has happened to me all these thirty-eight years? I quit.” He would not have received his miracle.

But he mustered enough determination to arrive at the pool that day, and his faith got God’s attention. Jesus passed by all the hundreds of people gathered there and focused on that one man. “Rise,” the Lord told him, “Take up your bed and walk.” “And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked” (verse 9). This man was determined to get healed, and God rewarded his faith.

Be encouraged. Don’t lose heart. Your requests are not going unnoticed. God has heard your cry and seen your tears, and he is about to answer you. He said in his word, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou know not” (Jeremiah 33:3). Keep asking. You could be one prayer away from your miracle. Never give up!

God bless,
Pastors Sean and Aimee Pinder
Pastor Sean invites you to a Miracle Breakthrough Service on July 29 in Dallas, Texas. Admission and Parking are FREE!
Doors open at 6:30 PM | Service starts at 7:30 PM
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Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
777 Watters Creek Blvd. Allen, TX 75013

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