Don’t Give Up…

By Patrick Hawthorne

stony path

 

This post is out of the norm for me.  I prefer to stay with teaching the Word but I feel that a little edifying is needed.  I sense weariness within the Body of Christ and just want to offer a bit of encouragement.

To begin, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  I have been tempted on numerous occasions to quit.  “Quit what?” You might ask.  Well… to quit blogging, to quit teaching the Word, to quit caring about living holy and pure before the Lord… to just quit life and live the remainder of my life as a hermit out in the woods away from people.

Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. (Galatians 6:9 Amplified)

I don’t know if you are aware, but Satan is a very real enemy who knows that his days are limited.  As such, he is doing his best to cause discouragement among the Body of believers.  Just as he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he is even so tempting us.  He is tempting us to quit, to give up, and to throw in the towel.

What is the solution?  That is simple… keep your eyes on Jesus.  Look away from all the distractions of the world.  No matter what may come your way, refuse to take your eyes off Jesus.  Consider Him…meditate on Him, talk to and with Him.  (Hebrews 12:1-3.)  Before you know it, the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will encompass you completely.  Suddenly, you will find the urge to quit has been replaced by a second wind so that you may continue your race.

Now, for a little exhortation.  “Shut the blasted news channels off!”  Most – not all mind you – of the major media personalities would not know Jesus even if He walked up, tipped His hat, and said, “How do you do?”  Quit meditating on the words of unbelievers who are promoting their own agenda or fears.  You are not of fear but are of faith.  Act like it!  Keep your eyes on Jesus and quit opening the door to discouragement.

As always, this advice is just as much a pep talk for me as it is encouragement for you.  Be blessed.

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19 comments on “Don’t Give Up…
  1. I have an inkling of what you are going experiencing. I, too, have cut way back on my news watching. But, I still very much am engaged in my local body of Believers. I’m to gregarious to go off to the mountains. Be blessed.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    Thanks friend, I needed that

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Patrick I was immensely blessed. I needed this before I go off this weekend to preach for a retreat. I’m also been working on preparing some courses to teach overseas soon too…so this is timely.

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  4. I wish there was a news outlet. I can only find editorializing or yellow journalism. You are so right, stop seeking answers from the mouths of unbelievers.

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  6. With all the evil being broadcast I don’t want the mountains, too cold, but a deserted beach island would work wonderfully. I’ve stopped watching news almost completely and when I get overwhelmed with all that is going on the Lord says, “focus on Me! Focus on Me!” and that is exactly what I have to do. Thanks for the reminder.

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  8. Elihu says:

    It’s funny… my spouse and i were talking about this very thing early this morning. I said I’d have no problem being a hermit—I would thoroughly enjoy it—but one ought to be in the world in order to shine the light of Christ. Keep on striving, my friend!

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  9. dawnlizjones says:

    “You are not of fear but are of faith.” Been spending the last few nights next to my father’s hospital bed. Good encouragement. Thanks, bro.

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