12 April, 2016

Don't Give Up

How many Christians give up on a God-inspired dream before it comes to pass? Negative circumstances bring discouragement and frustration and we get ready to throw in the towel. For example, only two people show up for a prayer meeting and suddenly thoughts like, "Nobody’s interested in prayer" or you convince yourself that you didn’t really hear from God about having prayer meeting in the first place. Many things come to distract us and get us off track through frustration and discouragement. 

Consider this... King David waited years, living as a fugitive before he was given access to the thrown for which he had already been anointed as King. Eventually, God’s promise became reality, but his trouble didn’t cease. When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him. But David heard about it and went down to the stronghold (2 Samuel 5:17). It says in verse 19 says that he “inquired of the Lord” before he made another move.  There's the key!  If we feel discouraged in our quest to follow God, we could learn from David. Our enemy the devil will dog us like Saul did David. When the temptation to quit beckons, it’s time to talk with God. It is even okay to ask Him for encouragement, direction, and reassurance. He is faithful.

Instead of giving up a dream, spend some time alone with God.

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