Feel Like Giving Up?

Have you ever felt like things were so hopeless, you just wanted to give up? Ok, so you want to give up now, but whom do you surrender to? What is it you want to give up? Why are you willing to accept defeat? Wars are not won by killing enemy soldiers and destroying enough equipment or supplies. Wars are won by breaking the enemy’s will to fight. Is that where you are right now? Has Satan broken your will to fight? One strategy of Satan is to get us to compare ourselves to others, so that we become unsatisfied with who we are or what we have. This was the wrapper to the first lie Satan used on Eve.
“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

This does not mean we have no room for improvement, but he wants to control our will. If he can wrap the lie in an attractive presentation, your will to fight is more likely to be broken. If you want to give up right now, it could be a marriage, a vision, or even a ministry, is it because you have been comparing your life or your possessions to someone else? The thing we need to compare our lives to is the word of God. You may think your freedom and peace comes from giving up, but if you give up because your will to fight is broken, you may be surrendering to Satan. This does not lead to freedom and peace, but to captivity.

2 Timothy 2:22-26

Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

When you feel like giving up, you must surrender to God, not to Satan. This runs the risk that God may not want you to give this something up, but it must be a decision made according to God’s word. His will not our emotions. So then, what is it we are giving up? Some have been willing to give up their very lives to follow the will of God.

Daniel 3:28

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

Although Nebuchandnezzar did not accept God as his own, the faithfulness of these three men changed a law that was contrary to God’s word. A decree went throughout every nation that nothing must be said against God again. The words of Jesus support a willingness to give up all to Him.

Luke 14:33

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

Has God required you to give your very life and it is too much to handle? This probably is not the situation today that is overwhelming you. Most likely your trial that is cause for you to feel like giving up, is even based on a lie.

There are three stages in your heart that effect decision making. First is “want”. Do you want to follow God in all your decisions, no matter how difficult? If the “want” is not there, you are not in a good place in your spiritual life. If this is what you do want, you are on the right track.

The next is “wish”. The “wish” in your heart could carry you either way because it is more emotional. If you wish you could be more like Jesus, you can. If you wish you could be more like one of your contemporaries, you should not. God created you, and called you to a specific purpose. It is just for you, and should not be compared to others.

The third is “will”. This is the one based in faith, which is conviction of the truth. Satan tries to adjust your wish list until it breaks your will to fight. Many people in the church today have a want, but have not learned to control the wish, and have allowed it to defeat the will.

Search the scriptures and seek God for direction and confirmation about giving up. Have you allowed your emotions and circumstances to break your will to fight? Your wish needs attending. Give up to God, and trust Him to help you see the future through a new wish list. This is the way to strengthen your will until it is unbreakable.

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