9.26.15 Will God ever give up on me?
"How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God. That power is the same divine power which was demonstrated in Christ when he raised him from the dead." (Ephesians 1:19 b-20 Phillips)
If God can raise Jesus from the dead, then he can handle any problem you give him. No problem is too big. He specializes in hopeless cases. You may say, "You don't know my finances" or "You don't know my health problem" or "You don't know my marriage problem." God does, and he can make the power of the Resurrection available to you.
God will finish in you what he started in you. Your failure won't prevent that. You can have confidence in God's words in Philippians 1:6: "God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns".
Whatever God started in your life, he'll finish. He won't quit on you. You may give up on God, but he'll never give up on you.
Perhaps, you are tired of trying and, in all probability, you’re spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. You may see other people less deserving getting ahead, and you are stuck in the same place.
Life might have gotten monotonous. Feelings of inadequacy seep into your mind. Or, a setback has caused you to fall back into old, destructive patterns. Now, you could be off-track, discouraged and your energy may be drained.
But wait. You count. Your life matters. No matter what you are going through today, God has not given up on you, so don’t give up on yourself. Decide now to get off the treadmill of negative thoughts and see beyond the present moment. God has a wonderful plan and place for you. And your future holds great promise.
I found the following on Daily Spirituality while I was preparing for this blog:
Years ago, I heard a fictional story by an unknown author about a man who was so dismayed, he wanted to relinquish his hopes and dreams for the future and just give up on life. He was going to quit his job, his relationships, his hobbies, and abandon his walk with God, settling for the status quo.
But, before renouncing it all, the man decided that he was going to take a walk in the forest by his home to have one last talk with God.
As he set out that autumn morning, the dry leaves and twigs cracked under his boots, and he heard the sweet songs of birds in the distance. He walked further. The fresh air caressed his face. And he glanced up at the clouds overhead and spoke aloud, “God, can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
There was a brief pause. Then, the man heard the gentle, yet powerful voice of God.
“Look around the forest,” God instructed. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?” He questioned.
Startled, the man looked to the right and the left. “Yes, God, I do,” the man answered with a half-smile.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them both. I gave them sunlight and fresh water. And the fern grew quickly. Its beautiful, lush green leaves covered the ground. Yet, not anything came from the bamboo seed. But I did not give up on the bamboo,” God said.
“The second year, the fern grew even more plentiful. And again, the bamboo seed was dormant. Still, I did not give up on the bamboo.”
The man reached into his pocket and grabbed a tissue and dabbed his eyes, as God explained, “In year three, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. However, I didn’t quit. The same in year four,” God uttered.
With understanding and humble remorse over how wrong he had been, the man closed his eyes for a moment. And God continued, “Then, in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly insignificant. But months later, the bamboo rose to more than 100 feet tall. It had spent five years growing roots, and those roots made the bamboo strong, giving it what it needed to survive in the forest.”
Thereafter, God whispered to the man, “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have actually been growing roots? I would not give up on the bamboo, and I will never give up on you.
The man left the forest that day and slowly made his way back home. With his head held high, and a renewed strength, the man felt surrounded by God’s love. He realized that God would never give up on him. And, dear readers, God will never give up on you, either.
Your life is full of countless possibilities. You have too much yet to do, too many lives to positively influence and too many dreams to make manifest to quit now. Your time for victory, too, is coming. So whatever may be troubling you, turn it all over to God and progress ahead. There is no obstacle too big for God to turn around for your greater good. He is working right now on your behalf and is “going before you and making the crooked places straight.” (Isaiah 45:2-3).
Therefore, stand in faith and say, “I am not going to give up. I’m moving forward with God,” and “I’ll become all that God intends for me to be.” God hasn’t brought you this far to leave you here. He is about to do something greater than you can ever imagine. So, continue your pursuit. Don’t stop now. And keep on going.
So there you have it God will never give up on you but on the other hand don't give up on God either. Stay strong and let God take you where He wants you to go. With God all things are possible without God nothing is possible.
God I love you for never leaving me. I love how you are with me 24-7 even though you are with everyone else @ the same time. You know each one of us by name. When we pray, You know who we are even though everyone may be praying @ the same time. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.