Have you ever been challenged so much that you want to give up? You know, throw in the towel? Perhaps you have been 'battling' for what seems like a very long time. Your struggle might be financial, or physical, or perhaps it's internal: the conflict of doing what's right or giving up a specific habit. People contend with weight issues, healing matters, or just the attempt to hold on for a change. Any lengthy trial can be wearisome.
Paul wrote in Galatians 6:9 "..let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Another translation uses the word 'faint'. If we do not give up we will obtain victory in the proper time. That's the key - not giving up! Our continuation of standing in faith, believing and persevering will bring us closer to the victory we need, if we remain steady. How can I do that, you say?
The book of Hebrews is filled with examples of people that stood the test of faith and pressed through their situation onto victory. We can learn from them. Hebrews 10:23 says "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."
One way to help us continue in the good fight of faith is to hold on, embrace, regulate the confession of our hope without hesitation! We must say what the Word of God says. Declaring the end result instead of what we are seeing or experiencing. (Calling those things that be not as though they were.) That's what faith is! Faith is first believing - then seeing! Continual complaining or talking the problem will NOT change it! Only faith and God's Word will! (Heb. 4:12) Gaining control over our mouth is crucial in securing success.
Another helpful aspect is doing the latter part of Heb. 10:23 "....not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together..." I know, most people don't want to hear that! "Go to church, are you serious??!!" YES!! (emphatically stated!) "WHY", you ask? It's quite clear really.
First of all, attending church brings us into a fellowship of like believers. People going through situations similar to ours. (That's right, we're not the only one) Coming together, others can be encouraging, having testimony of victories along the way, brings hope.
Secondly, going to church, sitting in a God-breathed, anointed, God-inspired environment can bring motivation to press on! The minister, that has so lovingly, prayerfully, diligently prepared that anointed message, just for us, generates faith and hope for which we are so desperately grasping. Thus we are revived! Now, we can make it through another week in faith believing, hanging on, pressing closer to the victory. In fact, the triumph is within reach - we can see ourself conquering! Hallelujah!
These are just a couple of methods that can strengthen faith and encourage tenacity. And as Heb. 10:36 says, "For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise." On to victory, through the power of His Word - Never give up, never surrender!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."