Don’t Give Up

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Are any of you tired? Worn from the battle of every day? Teetering on the edge of giving up? Overwhelmed and undernourished in Jesus?

If I could, I would walk right to where you are, and slip my arms around your little form and say this: “Don’t give up.” I tell myself this a lot. I really love working out. So at least once I work-out, I tell myself not to give up. “Charis,” I say, “You can do this.” I visualize the end of my workout and how I want to feel. And I keep going. Sometimes I give up. Everytime I give up I regret it. I never regret powering through.

Sometimes our souls need a little talking to as well. Soul, don’t you dare give up. The horizon looks dark. The night has been long. Years long, in some cases. To the faint of heart even an hour of a night can be the straw that threatens to break the camel’s back. But keep holding on.

I love the truth that faith is a gift.

(Romans 12:3 says that God has allotted to each of us a measure of faith.) Faith comes from God, so we can’t take credit for it. But we also can’t blame Him when we don’t have enough, because we know that we can grow up in faith. We can expand our faith. We can receive more faith. Do you need faith? Take it!

I ran a few half marathons and I always feel so grateful for the drinking stations that come every few miles. It’s always just when I think I can’t go on, and then suddenly someone is shoving a half empty plastic cup of Gatorade in my face and I throw it down my throat and keep going, letting it do it’s steady work of invigorating me as I move forward, step by step. I love how Hebrews says that Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith, and I see Him as the one who stands in my hour of need, ready with a cool glass of refreshment for me to inhale as I keep moving forward.

Don’t ever throw in the towel because you’ve reached the bottom of your well of faith. Ask for more, and you will feel the Lord carving out a new space in you to believe.

He generously gives faith, so today, if you need some more, ask for it. Just like that man did who had a demon possessed son in Mark 9:24, “Help my unbelief!”

And when you need a refresher of what faith is, here is a list of what faith does from the New Testament:

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Faith heals. Faith moves mountains with a word. Faith is a key ingredient to us being pleasing to God. Faith is a gift. Our faith is of greater worth than gold. Faith can fill a person. Faith is contagious. The just man lives by it. Faith has eternal credit as righteousness, it can be cashed in as righteousness. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. God has alloted to each of us a portion of faith. Whatever is not from faith is sin.”

In Romans 16:26, it says we must obey faith. Faith rests on the power of God. Faith is not greater than love. It grows. It allows us to receive the promise of the Spirit. Through faith we become sons of God. It is through faith that Christ dwells in our hearts. It is through faith that we are saved. It is a shield that extinguishes the fiery darts of the enemy. It is part of the breastplate over us, along with love. You can fall away from it, wander away from it, and lose it. It is a good fight. It is a fellowship. It allows the Word of God to profit us. By faith and by patience we inherit the promises of God. The author and perfecter of our faith is Jesus. It must be paired with works to be effective. The outcome of our faith is the salvation of our souls and through it we are protected by the power of God.

Get faith!

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