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With God's help, I Provide hope and encouragement to women of faith through practical advice and tools. I blog about my personal experiences in overcoming trials, and I use my background in counseling to give tips and techniques to live a victorious life.
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Don’t Quit, Don’t Go Back, and Don’t Give Up!
The journey for many has been long, and tiring. Some
want to give up and others want to quit, and some want to stay stuck in the
past. A word of encouragement is needed in this season. So many are in hardships,
trials, tribulations, and despair. Our nation is in a state of crisis, and the world
is experiencing violence, persecution, famine, and wars. Our nation and the world
are all seeing in increase in violence and natural disasters. It is not an easy
time for many. Many Christians are falling away from their faith, and some Christians
are trying to compromise with the culture’s beliefs. If we keep our eyes
focused on the things in this world, we will surely want to give up; the world
is not offering us much hope.
Don't quit, and Don't give up!
In the last days, the enemy will try and win as many
souls to his kingdom. Some will get so weary in the last days that will fall
prey to the enemy’s deception. Many will be deceived including Christians. Now
is not the time to be a lukewarm Christian and compromise your beliefs. You may
be experiencing trials and heartaches, and feel like giving up, even going back
to your old ways. You may feel like giving up your faith because you are not
seeing many of your prayers being answered, and you are wondering where God is
at in all this. While the world seems out of control and maybe even your life,
God is still in control.
who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Revelation
We don’t know the hour or the day of Christ return,
but Jesus is coming soon and unexpectedly. Quickly, means at any moment. God is
also trying to get as many people to His Kingdom before He comes, we are experiencing
a spiritual battle like never before. There is a fight for your soul and for
your loved ones. That is why you may be experiencing such battles in your life,
the enemy hopes to defeat you in this last hour and that you would turn from your
faith and denounce Christ. Did this not happen to Peter? Did he say he would
never reject Christ and yet he did three times! The enemy is clever and he
knows how to wear you down.
The book of Revelation ends with an urgent request, “Come,
Lord Jesus!” In a world of problems, persecution, evil, and immortality, Christ
calls us to endure in our faith. Revelation is a book about hope. It shows that
no matter what happens on earth, God is in control. It promises that evil will
not last forever, and it depicts the wonderful reward that is waiting for those
who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. There is a day coming of glorious
wonder for all who have remained faithful to the end.
you yourself know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the
night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2
The day of the Lord is a future time when God will
intervene directly and dramatically in world affairs. Christ will judge sin and
set up His eternal Kingdom. This world is not all there is. There will be a
time coming of a new heaven and earth. All of the pain and suffering will come
to an end. Hold on to your faith and don’t give up, this will not go on
forever. This home on earth is temporary and everything in it is temporary. We
are spirit beings created to last until eternity with God the Father in our
eternal homes. Don’t give up on God and don’t give up your faith. Remain
faithful to the end. Don’t go back to your old life and don’t compromise your beliefs
to fit the culture’s beliefs. The Lord will use all that you have been through
to help others follow God. If you are feel like giving up and quitting, ask God
for His strength and His rest for you. Ask Him to show you what you need to do
in your life. There is a plan and a purpose for you, even if you don’t see it
or feel like there is.
If you have been married for any length of time you
know that marriage is hard work. As with anything successful in your life
putting time and effort are keys to how fruitful those things will be.
you did not have the proper role models growing up to show you how to have a
successful marriage, but you desire to have a healthy marriage.
God has brought you together with your spouse the greatest investment that you
can make besides your relationship with God is your marriage.
Anyone can have a dull, lifeless marriage, but a marriage
that is thriving takes certain elements to help it succeed. If you planted some
flowers but forgot to fertilize and water those plants they would eventually
become lifeless and die. Healthy marriages take the time to nurture and weed
out anything hindering their relationship.
Couples striving for a healthy marriage should first
ask God to cleanse their hearts of any unforgiveness, anger, resentment or
offenses of their spouse. Staying angry or rese…
you focus on the most will grow. The enemy will try to get
you to focus on what is wrong, what is not working, and what is worrisome to
you. When you lose your focus on what is
true, what is right, what is lovely and what is a good report (Philippians
4:6), you will begin to focus on the opposite of these.
to focus on the good will be a daily decision. When the enemy shows
you something that is causing fear, worry or frustration, turn away and CHOOSE to focus on the good.
→If your focus has been more on the negative lately
check to see who you have been hanging out with, what you have been reading or
watching on TV, and giving your attention to the most.
→An unthankful heart can cause you to focus on your
wants, but a heart of gratitude will cause you to focus on your blessings.
Distractions come to sidetrack you and get you to
focus on what the enemy has brought in front of you. Keeping focus on Jesus means deliberately
fading out everything that pulls you away from the…