I don’t know about you but for me, it already feels like we’re well into 2017. I can’t believe it’s only been just over a week since we rang in the new year.
A lot of us set the bar really high for ourselves (I know I did) when it comes to our expectations for this year. Hopefully, you included God in your plans and are striving to continue to grow in your faith and get closer to Him.
What I realized going into 2017 is that 2016 was a huge learning year for me. I had a lot of ups and downs (too many to count) and at the end of December, I resolved to learn from my mistakes and put the past behind me. Looking back, I remember that there were so many times I just wanted to flat out quit. Truthfully, staying in God’s will isn’t always easy but giving up is. However, I’m not a quitter and so I never threw in the towel. I’m happy to say I’m still standing, stronger than ever before.
Quitting is so much easier than persevering. We often give ourselves excuses to quit, instead of looking at all of the reasons why we shouldn’t.
So I want to begin this year encouraging you with 5 reasons why you can’t quit. As the saying goes, “start strong, finish strong,” so let’s kick this thing off right! God is going to do some amazing things in your life this year but if you quit, you’ll never obtain the blessings that He has in store.
So whenever you feel like breaking down, resort back to this post, encourage yourself, dust off, and keep going. This is not the time to quit and here’s why:
1. God didn’t give you permission.
That’s right- God didn’t say that you could quit, so who are you to decide that you have the right to quit? It’s not over until God says it’s over! So whatever season God has you in at this point in your life, just stay the course. There is a process that you have to go to in order to get to the other side, but victory is already yours.
Whenever you feel like quitting, take it to God and tell Him all about it. He knows that in life, we have troubles, and He wants to bear the weight of every burden we have. And when you live your life according to God’s will for you, He won’t leave you hanging. He won’t let you walk alone, and He will finish what He started if you allow Him to.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6, ESV
2. Someone needs you.
Whenever you feel the urge to quit, you’ve more than likely gotten in the flesh. You’re probably throwing a pity party, complaining, and focusing on nothing else but yourself and how you feel.
We’re only human, and we’ve all been there before, but what you need to remember is that everything you go through isn’t for you. Sometimes your trials and tribulations serve the purpose of helping someone else. Your testimony could help them through some of the toughest times of their lives.
If you quit, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to touch the lives of others that God has intentionally placed in your path. It’s not all about you.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” Philippians 2:4, ESV
3. You’ve come too far.
What you can’t see is that just when you feel like giving up, the end is probably right around the corner. As long as you’re in the will of God, the enemy is going to fight you as hard as he can.
The truth of the matter is: if the devil isn’t troubling you, it’s probably because you’re not a threat to his empire. Satan only goes after Christians who have value, and when he sees you serving God with all of your heart, his goal is to completely destroy you.
Don’t let Satan come in and take from you everything that you’ve fought and worked hard for in God. Your future in God is incredibly valuable, and more precious than anything you can pursue in this world. So continue to strive hard to keep close to God and to protect what He has entrusted you with.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10, ESV
4. There are consequences.
When you quit God, you forfeit everything that God has for you- this includes His blessings, His protection, wisdom, peace, joy, and every other benefit that comes with being in God’s plan. You’re basically winging it, and that’s not a safe place to be because you never know what can happen.
I wouldn’t want to live in this world without God. I know that without God, I can only rely on the five senses that He gave me. I know that without Him, I don’t have good judgment and make poor decisions concerning myself and others.
But when I rely on God and His infinite power, wisdom, and understanding, I am instantly equipped to handle anything that this life may bring. I can’t always trust myself because my feelings change with the weather, but I can always rely on Him because He never changes.
So no matter how tough the road gets, always choose to stick it out with God. Trusting in Him will always be better than trying to figure everything out on your own.
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” Psalm 118:8, ESV
5. It’s just not worth it.
There’s nothing better than being saved, having a relationship with God, and knowing that you are in right standing with Him. Of course you will make mistakes, have troubles, go through difficult seasons, and fall short of His glory. But when you stay close to God, He works everything together for your good.
God gave His best for us when He sent His only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins so that we could be free. Who wouldn’t want to serve a God like that?
2017 isn’t always going to be peaches and cream, but as long as you continue to rely on God, everything is going to be all right. But if you quit now, everything you’ve been through will have been a waste. So stay in the race! You can make it.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9, ESV