Don’t give up

One thing which I’ve been trying to develop in myself is a fighting spirit, a spirit that refuses to give up until the victory is won.

When I face an obstacle, my natural reaction is to get stressed and freeze up. I bury my head in the sand and hope that the problem will go away by itself. Now that’s not a positive way to deal with problems, so instead I’ve been trying to cultivate the habit of not giving up. Now, if I face a difficulty, I keep trying to find a solution to the problem until I see my breakthrough.

As Christians, we should always keep battling on because God has promised that we will be victorious if we don’t give up.

Promises where God guarantees us the victory can be found in Romans 8, where Paul tells us that God works all things for the good of those who love Him, and assures us that we are more than conquerors through God who loves us. In Jeremiah 29:11, the prophet tells us that God has plans to prosper us and Galatians 6:9 tells us to “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” In 2 Chronicles 15:7, we are also encouraged to “be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded”.

The Bible is full of stories of people facing obstacles and overcoming them by God’s grace.

David defeated the giant Goliath with just a pebble, overcoming a mighty warrior who was much bigger, stronger, more experienced and better equipped.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the King’s idol and were thrown into a fiery furnace. God delivered them from the flames by sending an angel to protect them in the fire and the escaped – victorious – without even the smell of smoke on their clothes.

Abraham was about 75 years old when God promised him a son. The patriarch had to learn not to give up as he waited patiently for 25 years before his wife delivered him his son Isaac.

The ultimate example of God giving us the victory when we don’t give up comes in the example of Christ. Our Lord was crucified and buried, but was raised to life. Christ’s victory over death teaches us to not give up, for even when our circumstances seem hopeless – dead and buried – God can resurrect our dead dreams.