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March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014

"When You Feel Like Giving Up"

“All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.  For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”  Hebrews 11: 39 – 40 NLT

It’s not easy to live by faith.  We live in a broken world and that impacts us in many ways; just watch the weather for a few minutes.  Our bodies don’t work right.  Our relationships don’t work right.

This shouldn’t surprise us.  When God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden He warned them that life was going to be hard.  There’s a cosmic battle for your life going on inside and outside of you.

You battle your own sinful nature; you also battle against Satan Himself who wants nothing more than to “steal, kill and destroy.”  He can work in many different ways to achieve that.

And sometimes it just gets to us.  We want to give up.  That’s why God put Hebrews 11 into the Bible.  It’s a chapter that urges us to hang on because God hasn’t forgotten us and will fulfill His promises one day.

God has made lots of promises to us.  He promises to give us a future and a hope, (Jeremiah 29: 11).  He promises to take away our tears (Revelation 7).  And He gives us multiple other promises throughout His Word.

Hebrews 11 mentions a variety of Biblical heroes who demonstrated faith in God’s promises.  They were men like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Gideon, Samson and lots of others.  Don’t fool yourself; life was not easy for them either.  They endured many difficulties, yet they kept going in their spiritual journeys.

We have received something they did not.  We have received Jesus Christ.  They died still waiting for Him.  That changes everything, including us.  Jesus gave up His life so that we don’t have to give up ours.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don