Acts 27:25 Keep Up Your Courage

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Acts 27:25

When on a path to accomplish something, there are often many different types of difficulties that one may face. Sometimes people are warned that these difficulties will occur, other times they are not warned.

If no warning is given, many people will end up quitting the journey and go another direction. They lose all hope that they can finish the task.

Some will keep going, despite the difficulties, if they had already been warned. They will trust others that they will be able to make it.

As Paul was on a boat headed to Rome, they ran into a bad storm. He had a vision that they would survive it, though everything looked bad. He encouraged the sailors to keep going because he had faith in what God had said.

Throughout the years there have been some people who have said that being a believer is easy. The reality is that as a human being there will be many difficulties in life. As a believer, there are even more difficulties added, because the world is against the true believer of God. Many like to look at the end of the bible and see the promise of heaven and perfect life, but forget that they are still in this world and get discouraged at the challenges bombarding them daily.

The journey through life is very difficult when one has hope in God and knows what the future can hold. It is even more difficult for those who do not have hope in God.

Every believer must keep his eyes upon God and the promises of God. He has promised that anyone who trusts in Him will make it through to the end. They can have courage to keep going through the tough times.

Just like Paul, you probably have some major problems in your life that appear to be setting you back or attempting to stop you. Do not live in fear, give up or get discouraged, God is still with you in the midst of those troubles.

Remember that Jesus saved you and will continue to save you, as long as you put your trust in Him. Have courage that God will bring you through to the end in heaven for eternity with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you not be discouraged when you face troubles; that you will put all your hope in God and His promises; that you will stay on the path God has for you; that you will have courage to keep walking with God; and that God will give you the strength to keep moving forward with Him.

Luke 22:32 Use Failures To Strengthen Others

But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:32

Every person has had the problem of failing at something at some point in their life. They set a goal for something, but was unable to attain it for some unknown or known reason, thus failed.

Failure is something that no one really wants to go through. It means that one was unable to accomplish something and fell short in his abilities. One often feels worthless and useless in light of failures.

As Jesus is preparing for His arrest and death, He tells Simon that He is praying that his faith does not fail. He adds that when he, Simon, returns from his faith failing, he is to strengthen his brothers.

It is common for people who go through some type of failure to want to give up and quit. They feel as if they cannot do it and no longer want to try.

Every person will fail, if for no other reason than that each person has faults to overcome. No believer is exempt from this either, but will have times in which his faith fails and he really doesn’t trust God as he should.

Instead of giving up and quitting, the true believer will get up and move forward with God after a failure. That failure can be used to strengthen and teach others what to look for and what not to do.

In every failure there are some things that led up to that failure that could have been avoided. When a believer returns to God after failing God, he can use what he has learned to strengthen and train others on how to avoid failing God.

There will be times that you will fail in your walk with God. You will let your faith go and fear to override. You will step into sin, rather than trusting God.

It will hurt you when you fail and cause you to want to quit. Rather than quitting, allow God to pick you up and move forward.

Once you are picked back up and restored to God, allow God to use your failures to His glory. Show others where you went wrong and how they can avoid making the same mistake and failing God. Build others up by being real, rather than hiding your shame of failure.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your faith in God will never fail; that you will walk with God in all your ways; that you will allow God to use your failure to build others up; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and mercy towards you in times of your failing.

James 1:4 Hang In There To Be Made Complete

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

When people start out to learn to do something new, they want to be a professional at it immediately. Very few people like the idea of having to work at it, being patient while learning and growing.

With this attitude, many people will strive to cut corners in the learning and will end up short of their goal or they end up giving up because of the difficulties involved. This can be seen in every age of life and every area of life.

James encourages the believers to continue to persevere so that they may become complete and having all that they need.

Growing as a believer in Jesus is not something that is instant nor is it always easy. Going through difficult times, sets a person up to learn and grow more mature. Just as a child that is growing physically, must be patient and will go through many growing pains.

Just as in other areas of life, believers will often try to cut corners in learning to grow in Jesus to become a mature believer. Instead of persevering through prayer and study of the bible, they gloss over both, cutting many corners.

Most want to be instant large believers doing great works for God. Living as one who does great works for God, comes with slow growth and struggles. God uses difficult situations to help build the believer up.

Instead of getting frustrated, cutting corners or giving up, the believer must be willing to persevere in his training. The more God is allowed to train the believer, the more he will be able to do for God and the greater his trust in God in every way.

He will become a mature and complete believer in the end.

God will allow difficult situations to occur in your life, in order to train you to trust in Him and do what He commands. Rather than fighting God and trying to cut corners, do what God says and grow despite what is occurring.

Persevere in running hard after God and becoming like Jesus more and more. As you hang in there and don’t give up, God will make you complete and provide everything that you need for life and to be more like Jesus.

Never ever give up! Hang in there and you will make it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will persevere in the situations God brings into your life; that you will do all God commands you to do; that you will grow in maturity in Jesus; and that God will provide for all that you need so that you will never lack anything.

Numbers 14:3 Giving Up Too Soon

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Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt? Numbers 14:3

Having dreams to accomplish or do something is a thing a lot of people have. They have a vision to do something great and begin to move forward with it, with a lot of excitement and expectation.

As they are moving forward, suddenly they hit a road block or an obstacle. The majority of people will suddenly give up on their vision. They freeze and quit, not knowing how to get over or around the obstacle. They feel as if they cannot move forward, no matter what they do.

By the miraculous hand of God and many miracles, the Israelites had left Egypt. They had food and water provided for them by miracles in the wilderness. They had the great vision of going into a new land and possessing it.

Now when they see that land, they see some obstacles. Immediately they lose vision and give up. They no longer want to move forward, but go back to what they know and understand. They are willing to go back to slavery and lose their freedom, then to attempt to take the new land with God’s power.

This kind of action is common with many believers today. They become a believer. Shortly afterwards, they get a vision from God to do something. As they move forward, they hit some obstacle blocking them. Then they quit too soon. They do not give God the opportunity to do a great work through them.

Giving up and quitting is easy to do. It takes more strength and faith to keep moving forward with what God has said to do. However, if God has said to do it, it can be done…in His way and in His time and in His power.

Don’t let some obstacle or hardship in your life block you from the vision God has given you. He has promised you a new land, go in and take that land with His power. What He has called you to, He will accomplish.

Quitting too soon, will always guarantee failure. God is not a God of failure, but of success.

Don’t allow yourself to go back to the old ways of living, but be victorious in God’s strength. Keep the vision alive and move forward!

I pray today that you will know what God has called you to do; that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward; that you will have a God-sized vision; and that God will do great things in and through you.

Job 6:8-9 Wanting To Quit

“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!” Job 6:8-9

Under the great pressure of all the loss Job had gone through, he was requesting that God would take his life. He could not see where he had gone wrong with God, but believed the fault had to be with himself. Since he felt the guilt, he wanted to die and get it all over with.

People all over the world go through many different types of pressure. For many, the pressure gets to be too much and they want to end it all. The method that they choose to end it all is very often suicide.

Everyday thousands of people attempt suicide to end the pain of whatever they are suffering. Many of those people succeed. They believe that death is the easiest way out of the pain and that they have no other choice.

Not every one goes to the point of suicide. There are many, even among believers, who desire that God would take their life. They quietly desire that somehow they would die, rather than live with the pain and trouble of life.

Job was at this point. It was good for him that God did not grant his request. In the end God blessed him with a lot more than he had before.

There will be times that you will want to quit. You will feel the pressure that God is allowing you to go through is too great for you.

Your real challenge will come in as to whether you are trusting God or not. Are you trusting that God will not give you more than you can handle?

Satan and this world will try to break you down and destroy you. God is trying to build you up into someone great. Both create extreme pressure and at times great pain. Both may cause you to want to quit and give it all up.

Let go of this temporary life and trust God for it. Allow Him to do what is best in your life. Seek Him during the painful times and do not give up. Do not be discouraged, but trust in God. Do not quit or desire for God to end your life.

I pray today that God will give you His peace and strength; that you will trust God’s path for your life; that you will not be crushed under the pressure God allows; and that you will not give up.