4 Powerful Reasons to Never Give Up

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We are often tempted to just give up in our Christian walk but here are 4 powerful reasons to never give up for God never gives up on you.

Pressing Forward

When Dreams Fail

We are often tempted to just give up in our Christian walk, but here are 4 powerful reasons to never give up for God never gives up on you. The Apostle Paul gives us the first reason, and by the way, Paul must have had a very man. He had such a busy schedule in his life. He traveled thousands of miles and planted dozens of churches and preached the gospel everywhere he went. Even when he grew tired, he wrote “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). Paul didn’t spend time looking back because he might stumble over what was in front of him. We too shouldn’t trip over what’s behind us. A rear view mirror in the car is handy to for check traffic behind us, in case someone’s passing us, but we can’t drive a car looking solely at the rear view mirror because we’d be distracted and not see what’s in front of us. It’s dangerous to drive that way, but it’s hazardous to go through life that way too. Forget what’s behind us, except for the lesson’s we’ve learned from it, but we are told to move forward, press ahead, and strive to reach that “goal of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.”

The Nearness of Opportunity

When a lady was swimming across the English Channel a few years ago, she gave up in the heavy fog. We was not able to see even a 10th of a mile in front of her so she had no idea how close the shore was, but when she got into the boat, she could faintly see the shoreline through the fog in the near distance. She said that if she had known she was that close, she would have kept swimming, so when it gets tough, keep swimming, even if you’re in a blinding fog. God is using this to grow you. It increases our faith and helps us to trust God, even when we can’t see what’s ahead of us. Warren Wiersbe once said something to this effect: “Those times when you feel like quitting can be times of great opportunity, for God uses your troubles to help you grow.” So very often, when people give up, they discover that they would have succeeded, if only they had kept on going and not given up.

Keep Running

A tragic and true story took place over a century ago when a man went out to the barn during a blizzard to retrieve some of his chickens so that the family wouldn’t starve to death. The family kept waiting and waiting for him, but he never returned. Apparently the man got lost on his way back to the house, and the next morning, there he was, froze to death trying to reach the house. The mother knew something was wrong but she also understood that she dare not go out in the blizzard to look for him, otherwise she would die too and the children would have no parents left at all. The next morning, they found the man frozen to death…only ten feet from his front door. If only he had crawled just a few more feet, he would have found it and lived. Reason enough to never give up, even when it’s painful. Even when you have no idea what to do or where to go, just keep going. God is still on His throne and knows what He’s doing.

Evil for Good

“it is finished.”

The Bible is full of stories where God used evil for good and even uses the evil work of others as an opportunity for bringing about great blessings. Whatever happens is going to work out for our best (Rom 8:28). That’s God’s promise, so even evil, wicked things done to you will work for your best. Joseph was thrown into prison for no reason at all other than God using evil for good. The evil done to Joseph by his brothers selling him into slavery ensured that many would be saved (Gen 50:20). The first century church was brutally persecuted, but this only allowed the apostles to speak the gospel more boldly throughout Judea, and to grow the church. Of course, we need only look at the cross to see what such great evil could be used for such great good (John 3:16).


When you are faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, trust God and He will bring you to the finish line. We must endure till the end and persevere, but we can only do this by God’s power and by His Spirit. When faced with seemingly impossible circumstances, just keep going and obey God because you may be closer to reaching an opportunity than you think. You might be so very close to where God wants to bring you, so don’t quit now. Remember that God can use anything and everything (even evil) to bring about much good.

If you haven’t yet trusted in Christ, then you better not quit on seeking out God by repentance and faith. Unless we are born again, we cannot even see, not to mention, enter the Kingdom (John 3:3-7). Today, I pray, you put your trust in Christ. If you do, you can be assured that whatever comes at you in life will be in God’s will and will be for your best…even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.

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Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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