Hebrews 12:1b NKJ “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
Did you ever feel like you just wanted to quit? Throw in the towel? Give up? Let the chips fall where they may and walk away?
We’ve all been there, wanting to quit. Wanting to quit an exercise program because it’s too hard, wanting to quit a job because the pay is too low, wanting to quit school because it’s just not working. Perhaps the things you want to quit are bigger than exercise or jobs; you may be considering quitting in marriage or your relationship with God.
It’s become very easy to quit in our day and age and current culture. The problem if we quit before God gives us the green light is we can easily fall into a “quit mode” and never really finish anything because we lower our expectations.
Endurance (refusing to quit) is not a popular word; by default we think of difficult things when someone says, “endurance.” Where can we find the power to endure when it’s acceptable to quit when the going gets tough? We love our freedom, we love to have choices. Our culture of freedom to come and go as we please has unconsciously allowed us the option to quit serving God or obeying Him when He would have us patiently endure and expect that He will intervene on our behalf.
William Temple said, “We block Christ’s advance in our lives by failure of expectation.”
How can we not quit? How can we see ourselves as “more than conquerors” when we feel less than able?
“You are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus, in His strength. But the only way that will become a reality in your life is if you remove the quit option. When you do that – the real battle is already won.” Jentezen Franklin
The enemy of our faith would like nothing more than for us to quit and he works to fatigue us to the point of quitting. If we simply remove that “option” to quit, how could we possibly fail? Anyone can quit; I don’t want to be just anyone, do you?
I encourage you today to let go of the quit option and embrace the “more than conquerors” option.
Romans 8:37-39 NKJ “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”