It may seem obvious, but the fact is, anyone can give up. The only reason we give up is because we don’t believe that what we’re holding on to is no longer worth fighting for.
Living Under the Past
See, one of the greatest tricks the enemy has up his sleeve is the power to bring up the past. He uses it repeatedly to paint a false picture of why we shouldn’t be living for God. He tells us that life without God would be so much easier because there would no longer be a fight to endure. A Fight for God’s approval, the approval of the church, or maybe we’re seeking for our family’s approval, or our church friends’ we’re trying so hard to please.
The thing we must always remember is this, God doesn’t remember our past life of sin. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 8:12, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” God has decided to let our sins go. He won’t remind you of all the hurt and loneliness you endured because he has chosen not to remember. He knows that we remind ourselves enough of our past failures. In fact, He simply choose not to remember them, He doesn’t want to see his children as failures. He chooses view us as “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). You and I are never a failure to God, only to ourselves. That’s what Calvary was all about, covering our failures with his blood so that we would never have to be separated from him again. Why do you think He would ask us to come boldly into the Thorn Room? It’s like Ester; she went in not knowing if the king would accept her. When she finally got the nerve up to enter, it was better than her wildest dreams. He offered her up to half of her kingdom; all she would have to do is ask!
Come to Yourself
The story of the prodigal is a beautiful story of the forgiveness of a loving father. When the son got up away from the pigs to come home, the Bible says these words, “he came to himself” (Luke 15:17). It’s time we came to ourselves and stop believing a lie. A lie that tells us we are not truly forgiven; and so as a result, a life without God is better served! God has great plans for you if you will only pursue him enough to figure out what that plan is. Why would he tell use in Acts 1:8 that we have “received power” if he didn’t intend for us to do powerful things?
So many of us are falling under the warning this scripture in Galatians 4:9, “But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, why do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, why do you desire again to be in bondage?” We must never forget that, “Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
You Are Called!
Yes, you are called! You are chosen! But remember, it’s not enough to have friend, parent, pastor, or evangelist tell us we’re called. That’s the easy part, and is rarely sustainable. Take the time to ask yourself, “Why have I been called, what is it I’m truly fighting for?” It’s not so that we can be noticed, it’s so that we can please the one who has called us. When we keep the fight focused on pleasing God and loving others, the likelihood of us quitting is greatly reduced. The Devil will do all he can to get us sidetracked the thought of unforgiveness or but in the end, it produces the same effect; w end up losing! Also, never forget to live like you want to be chosen, and not like you’re ready to quit!