Word of Encouragement: Counselor’s Corner: Move Forward: 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.
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.
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Revelation 22:20
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.
For 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.