Don’t Give Up
Lately, I can’t get enough of sermons from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. Sometimes I wish I could just sit in my room and listen all day. They are SO good and so far, every sermon I have listened to just rocks my world. The one I recently listened to, titled ‘Don’t Give Up’ from Jim Cymbala was a great encouragement not to give up when times get hard.
“Therefore we do not lose heart.Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The verse starts out by telling us not to ‘lose heart’. What does this mean? We do not ‘lose heart’ when we make the decision not to give in to fear or fatigue that leads us down the path of quitting. The trials we are going through right now are momentary, yet it is so easy to have such a limited perspective. It gets even harder when the devil tempts us with thoughts that make us feel like we aren’t good enough or what we are fighting for is not worth the fight. However, according to Paul, we need to keep on fighting the fight and focus on the eternal glory being achieved that outweighs the trial.
How do we remedy the negative thoughts that go through our minds? How do we stay positive and have enough energy to keep on fighting the fight as Paul did? We have to be renewed day by day.
It’s a daily commitment to look towards God for peace and strength. Not once a year, or weekly, but daily. When we look to Him, the author of our lives, He gives us strength. He renews us. He gives us strength. He lifts us up with wings like eagles.
We look to seek Him daily for we know that He has and will continue to give us the strength and wisdom to make it through each day. During this trial, God wants us to focus on the eternal, not the current trial. He rejoices with us when we turn to Him for strength and when we focus on the truth of His word and His promises to us.