I woke up today burden with a heavy spirit. It was surprising because I had a fantastic weekend and saw God move mightily. I anticipated waking up energized, but sadly I felt heavy.
All I know is that I’m compelled to write this blog with one simple message:
Don’t Stop Fighting
The landscape of our culture is littered with people giving up on things in their lives leaving behind a landfill of excuses and broken dreams. When things get tough or questions get too personal we “tap out” in fear of what we may have to change about ourselves. What frustrates me the most is this is what I hear and see in the lives of Christians!
I know people that will justify their decisions to give up with tepid excuses such as:
- “I fell out of love”
- “God wants me to be happy”
- “I am too independent to be married anymore”
- “The addiction is too strong”
- “It’s not hurting anyone”
- “I only look once and awhile”
Can I be blunt?
These are absolute garbage.
God’s not buying your weak excuses and He certainly is not going to allow you to use His Grace as a “Get Out Of Sin Free”-card.
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” – Romans 6:1-3
God isn’t a happiness piñata that you whack until you get the sugary life you want to spill out of Him.
As followers of Jesus it especially doesn’t work that way. The temptation of giving up is never above the Power of Christ working in you.
Listen to Paul’s words, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
So this means:
- The addiction you are faced with…God will provide a way to get help
- The marriage you are about to destroy…God will provide a way to work through it
- The person you want to hurt…God will provide you a way to forgive
- The life you feel that isn’t worth living…God will provide a way for you to see how much you are loved.
Everything we face in this life can be overcome with Christ. EVERYTHING.
Don’t let yourself checkout and not fight for anything. If things get tough, the money gets tight, the relationship grows cold, or the health gets fragile don’t be so weak in spirit and mind that you run. As Christians we are called to rise above these challenges.
If we don’t rise above, what are we saying about the God we say we believe in?
We follow a God that didn’t tap out when the nails were driven in His hands, He didn’t call it off when the whips hit His back, and He didn’t retaliate when the spit poured down his face from His mockers.
Don’t let your decision to give-up be fresh spit on the face of Christ. Stand-up, do the right thing, follow Christ, and don’t’ stop fighting!
He loves you more than you know.